Projections forecast several intriguing possible NIT matchups for UW, including LSU and and Freshman of the Year front-runner Ben Simmons, BYU and UC Irvine.
The Huskies are preparing to host a first round NIT game on Tuesday at Alaska Airlines Arena, according to school officials.
Washington will find out its seed and opponent during Sunday’s 5:30 p.m. selection show on ESPN when the 32-team bracket is revealed.
The NIT show follows the NCAA tournament Selection Show, which airs 2:30 on CBS.
Here’s a look at a few possible matchups for UW, which includes two websites projecting the Huskies will be on the road in the first round.
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— Washington is projected as a No. 3 seed hosting No. 6 UC Irvine (25-9), according to The Bracket Matrix. The pairing would be a rematch of UW’s86-72 upset defeat to the Anteaters on Nov. 14, 2014 at Alaska Airlines Arena.
— Washington is a predicted to be a No. 5 seed versus No. 4 BYU (23-10) in Provo, Utah, according to Big Apple Buckets. This matchup would reprise the NIT opener in 2013 when UW lost 90-79 at Marriott Cener.
— The Huskies are projected as a No. 5 seed and would start the NIT at LSU (19-14) against Freshman of the Year front-runner Ben Simmons, according to dratings.com.