It's the eighth appearance in the postseason tournament for the Huskies (18-14) who advanced to the NIT semifinals in 2012.
The Huskies didn’t get invited to the Big Dance, but they’re dancing nonetheless.
Washington snapped a two-year postseason drought and picked up the No. 3 seed in the National Invitation Tournament. The Huskies (18-14) host No. 6 seed Long Beach State (20-14) 6 p.m. Tuesday at Alaska Airlines Arena.
The winner plays San Diego State (25-9) or IPFW (24-9) in the second round.
“We’re excited to continue to play more games and get more practices and our lone senior Andrew Andrews gets to extend his career a little longer,” coach Lorenzo Romar said in a statement released by UW.
In his last home outing, Andrews scored 47 points – the second most in school history – during a 99-91 victory over Washington State in the regular-season finale.
“We love being able to play in front of our fans,” Romar said. “The way that they came out and really supported us this season definitely helped us. It’s going to be great to be able to let them have another chance to see us play again here in Seattle.”
Here’s a look at the NIT teams.
The first three rounds are held at campus sites and n most cases the higher seed is the host.
The semifinals and finals are held at New York’s Madison Square Garden on March 29 and 31. ESPN televises every game on its networks.
The Huskies have history with the NIT. They’ve made eight appearances and posted a 3-8 record in the tournament.
In 2013, Washington nabbed a No. 6 seed and lost 90-79 in the first round at BYU.
As a No. 1 seed in 2012, a UW-team led by future first-round NBA picks Terrence Ross and Tony Wroten Jr. won three homes games and advanced to the NIT semifinals before losing 68-67 in overtime to Minnesota. It was UW’s most successful run in the tournament.
Long Beach State finished third in the nine-team Big West at 12-4. The 49ers carried a five-game winning streak into Saturday’s conference tournament championship game, but fell 64-60 to Hawaii.
Senior guard Nick Faust leads LBSU with a 17.1 scoring average and 6.1 rebounds per game. Sophomore point guard Justin Bibbins is tops on the team with a 5.0 assists per game. He also averages 11.8 points.
“Long Beach State is a quality team and they were probably 20 or 30 seconds away from being an NCAA tournament team themselves,” Romar said. “They’re very good, we’ve played them in the past and coach (Dan) Monson and his staff have done a great job with their team so it will be a fun challenge.”
Washington is 4-0 all-time against Long Beach State, including an 80-70 victory in the Wooden Classic on Nov. 28, 2014. The Huskies also squeaked out a 92-89 overtime victory against the 49ers at home on Nov. 30, 2013.
There were 15 regular-season conference winners who didn’t make the NCAA tourney that were awarded automatic NIT berths. The NIT selection committee distributed 17 at-large berths.
LSU, which features freshman of the year front-runner Ben Simmons, caused a stir Sunday when the Tigers ended their season after failing to nab a NCAA tournament invite.
Otherwise, there were few surprises during Sunday’s NIT selection show.
The No. 1 seeds are St. Bonaventure (22-8), Valparaiso (26-6), Monmouth (27-7) and South Carolina (24-8).
Other notable teams include: No. 2 Saint Mary’s (27-5), No. 3 Ohio State (18-7) and No. 4 Florida State (19-13).
Here’s a look at the Huskies’ quadrant and the possible teams they would need to beat to advance to the Big Apple.
No. 1 South Carolina (24-8) vs. No. 8 High Point (21-10), 4 p.m. PT Tuesday (ESPNU)
No. 4 Georgia Tech (19-14) vs. No. 5 Houston (22-2), 6 p.m. Wednesday (ESPN2)
No. 3 Washington (18-14) vs. No. 6 Long Beach (20-14), 6 p.m. Tuesday (ESPN2)
No. 2 San Diego State (25-9) vs. No. 7 IPFW (24-9), 7 p.m. Tuesday (ESPN3)