If first-round game is at home, it probably will be Tuesday
The Huskies had several days to get over their latest defeat and come to grips that their NCAA basketball tournament dreams died in Las Vegas.
“Today is not fun,” coach Lorenzo Romar said Thursday following Washington’s 83-77 defeat against Oregon in the Pac-12 Tournament quarterfinals. “Tomorrow won’t be fun.
“But if our name is called on Sunday to go play, then we’ll get excited about it.”
The Huskies are preparing to be the host for a first-round National Invitation Tournament game Tuesday, but a couple of projections predict they’ll open on the road.
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Washington should find out its seed and opponent during the 5:30 p.m. selection show Sunday on ESPNU when the 32-team bracket is revealed.
The NIT show follows the NCAA Selection Show, which airs 2:30 p.m. on CBS.
The Huskies (18-14) have missed out on the postseason the past two years and would relish a return to the NIT for the first time since 2013.
“I’m always asked, ‘Do you guys think you’ll be able to overcome this last defeat?’ ” Romar said. “Guys have always raised up. This group enjoys playing, so we’ll enjoy playing again.”
Here’s a look at a few possible matchups for UW.
• Washington is projected as a No. 3 seed, staying at home against No. 6 UC Irvine (25-9), according to The Bracket Matrix. The pairing would be a rematch of UW’s 86-72 defeat against the Anteaters on Nov. 14, 2014 at Alaska Airlines Arena.
• Washington is predicted to be a No. 5 seed against No. 4 Brigham Young (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 the Marriott Center.
• The Huskies are projected as a No. 5 seed and would start the NIT at Louisiana State (19-14) against Freshman of the Year front-runner Ben Simmons, according to dratings.com.
Romar has a strong affection for the Huskies, who overcame low expectations and finished tied for sixth in the Pac-12 standings at 9-9.
“This group, they’re just right,” Romar said. “This group is right. They try to do the right thing. They want to please, and when you have a group like that, you want them to be rewarded.”
• Former Washington star Isaiah Thomas was inducted into the Pac-12 Hall of Honor on Saturday.