Bracketology: Washington Falters Again And Washington State Fights Their Way Back To The Bubble

Selection Sunday is a little more than a week and a half away, and it's make or break time for teams around the country. For Washington State, they are in a position where they can't let up. After a commanding win in Seattle against Washington, they have found them selves firmly on the outer edge of the bubble once again. In order to make a case, they will need to make a statement and sweep the LA schools before heading to the Staples Center and winning a game or two in the Pac-10 Tournament.

For Washington, they are more than likely in the dance, barring a complete meltdown. This loss to Washington State did nothing more than hurt their seeding and put them on edge. A split with UCLA and USC would almost certainly be enough to say they're in, but being sweep would mean they need to make a splash in the Pac-10 tournament to be a sure thing.

In Spokane, Gonzaga has quietly been inching their way off the bubble. They have worked their way out of the play-in game in every projection and are in good shape after splitting the WCC title with St. Mary's. A good showing in Las Vegas at the WCC tournament would, not only, cement their spot in the field of 68, but also help them avoid one of the dreaded "First Four" play-in games.

Below you'll see all the bracket projection. In the coming weeks, we'll be stepping up our bracetology coverage. We'll have pieces on what all three teams need to do in order to make the tournament and have a good position come selection Sunday. We'll also be having updates as soon as the projections update their websites. SB Nation Seattle and our Bracketology story stream is the place you'll want to be for all the bracketology coverage you care about.

 

ESPN: Joe Lunardi (Updated 2/28/2011)

  • Washington Huskies: Ninth seed - Anaheim bracket - First and second-round games in Denver- Projected to play the eighth-seeded Kansas State Wildcats - Seed falling [Last week: Seventh seed]
  • Gonzaga Bulldogs: Eleventh seed - San Antonio bracket - First and Second-round games in Tucson - Projected to play the sixth seeded West Virginia Mountaineers - Seed rising [Last week: Twelfth seed]
  • Washington State Cougars: Not included in bracket
  • Pac-10: Arizona (Fifth seed in San Antonio bracket - vs. Missouri State), UCLA (Eighth seed in Newark bracket - vs. Old Dominion)

CBS Sports: Jerry Palm (Updated 3/1/2011)

  • Washington Huskies: Tenth seed - Anaheim bracket - First and second-round games in Chicago - Projected to play the seventh-seed Villanova Wildcats - seed steady
  • Gonzaga Bulldogs: Eleventh seed - Newark bracket - First and second-round games in Tulsa - Projected to play the Sixth-seed UNLV Rebels - seed rising [Last week: Twelfth seed]
  • Washington State Cougars: Not included in bracket
  • Pac-10: Arizona (Eighth seed in New Orleans bracket - vs. Illinois), UCLA (Eighth seed in Newark Bracket - vs. Utah State)

SB Nation's Blogging The Bracket (Updated 3/1/2011)

  • Washington Huskies: Tenth seed - Anaheim bracket - First and second-round games in Chicago - Projected to play the seventh-seeded Florida State Seminoles - Seed Falling [Last week: Eighth seed]
  • Gonzaga Bulldogs: Tenth seed - New Orleans bracket - First and second-round games in Chicago - Projected to play the seventh-seeded Texas A&M Aggies - Seed rising [Last week: Not included]
  • Washington State Cougars: Not included in bracket (Listed as second team in "Second Four Out" category
  • Pac-10: Arizona (Sixth seed in Newark bracket - vs. Michigan State), UCLA (Seventh seed in San Antonio Bracket - vs. Virginia Tech)

Bracketology 101 (Updated 2/28/2011)

  • Washington Huskies: Tenth seed - Anaheim bracket - First and second-round games in Chicago - Projected to play the Seventh-seeded Temple Owls - Seed falling [Last week: Ninth Seed]
  • Gonzaga Bulldogs: Eleventh seed - Newark bracket - First and second-round games in Charlotte - Projected to play the Sixth-seeded Arizona Wildcats - Seed rising [Last week: Thirteenth Seed]
  • Washington State Cougars: Not included in bracket
  • Pac-10: Arizona (Sixth seed in Newark bracket - vs. Gonzaga), UCLA (Seventh seed in New Orleans Bracket - vs. Tennessee)

Bracketville (Updated 2/28/2011)

  • Washington Huskies: Tenth seed - New Orleans bracket - First and second-round games in Chicago - Projected to play the ninth-seeded Temple Owls - Seed falling [Last week: Eighth seed]
  • Gonzaga Bulldogs: Eleventh seed - Anaheim bracket - First and second-round games in Washington DC - Projected to play the sixth-seeded Xavier Musketeers - Seed rising [Last week: Twelfth seed]
  • Washington State Cougars: Not included in bracket (Listed as second team in "Next In Line" category)
  • Pac-10: Arizona (Seventh seed in San Antonio bracket - vs. Illinois), UCLA (Seventh seed in Anaheim Bracket - vs. Virginia Tech)

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