Good weekend for Dawgs
Huskies beat Arizona, get help in pursuit of NCAA at-large bid
In addition to finishing off a sweep of fellow tournament bubble team Arizona, the Huskies (19-8 overall, 12-3 in the Pacific-12 Conference) got plenty of help around the country in their pursuit of an at-large bid.
Fellow bubble teams like North Carolina State (18-9 overall), Texas (17-10), Seton Hall (18-9), Connecticut (16-10), Illinois (16-11), Minnesota (17-10), Purdue (17-10) and Wyoming (18-8) suffered crucial losses that could leave them on the outside looking in.
Other bubble teams like Northwestern (16-10), West Virginia (17-10), Central Florida (19-7) and Alabama (17-9) fell short in upset bids earlier in the week, leaving their tourney status up in the air.
And teams like Duke (23-4), Marquette (22-5), St. Louis (22-5) and Nevada (22-5) continue to help UW's RPI by piling up wins.
A UW team that once seemed eliminated from at-large contention has scratched its way back into the field, despite the lack of a marquee win and playing in a struggling conference.
The freefalls of teams like Illinois, Texas and UConn could open the door for two, and possibly three, teams from the Pac-12 to make the NCAA tournament. California, UW, Arizona, Colorado, Oregon and Stanford are bubble teams with three conference games remaining. Of that group, the Bears (22-6, No. 29 RPI) appear to have all but locked up a tournament bid. Oregon has an RPI ranking of No. 51 in the nation but is two games behind UW in the Pac-12 standings.
The Huskies, with a No. 55 RPI and remaining games against Washington State, UCLA and USC, appear to be in as good a situation as they've been all season.
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