It's not the NCAA tournament, but the Huskies are seemingly a lock to make the National Invitation Tournament when the bracket is unveiled Sunday.
Washington’s early exit from the Pac-12 Tournament opener knocked them off the NCAA tournament bubble, so it’s time to examine where the Huskies will likely land in the National Invitation Tournament.
For starters, the NIT is a 32-team single-elimination tournaments that awards automatic bids to regular-season conference champions who do not advance to the NCAA tournament.
The NIT is split into four groups of eight seeded No. 1 through No. 8. The first four teams not chosen for the NCAA tournament become automatic No. 1 seeds in the NIT.
These teams have clinched automatic bids to the NIT: Rider, Florida Gulf Coast, Northern Kentucky, UNC Asheville and Wagner.
This year’s bracket will be unveiled 5:30 p.m. PT Sunday during the NIT Selection Special on ESPNU.
And here’s a look at several NIT projections that include Pac-12 teams.
All Things NIT: Utah (2), Oregon (5) and Washington (5).
Best Damn Bracket: Arizona State (2), Oregon (3), Stanford (4), Washington (4) and Colorado (6),
DRatings: USC (1), Utah (3), Oregon (3), Washington (5) and Stanford (6).
Jason Wells’ Bracketology: Arizona State (1), Utah (2), Washington (3), Stanford (4) and Oregon (5).
NYC Buckets: Utah (2), Washington (3) Stanford (4) and Oregon (4).
RTS Ratings: Arizona State (2), Oregon (2), Utah (4), Washington (5), Stanford (6) and Colorado (8).
The 2018 NIT will feature four rules modifications:
— The three-point line will be extended by approximately 1 foot 8 inches to the same distance used by FIBA for international competition (22 feet 1.75 inches).
— The free throw lane will be widened from 12 feet to 16 feet, consistent with the width used by the NBA.
— The games will be divided into four 10-minute quarters as opposed to two 20-minute halves. Teams will shoot two free throws beginning with the fifth foul of each quarter.
— The shot clock will reset to 20 seconds after an offensive rebound instead of the full 30 seconds.
Here’s a look at the NIT dates. All 31 games will be televised on ESPN networks.
March 13-14: 1st round at campus sites.
March 15-19: 2nd round at campus sites.
March 20-21: Quarterfinals at campus sites.
March 27: Semifinals at Madison Square Garden.
March 29: Final at Madison Square Garden.