March is drawing near which means the madness is right around the corner. Not every team will be participating in the NCAA basketball tournament, though. According to SB Nation's Chris Dobbertean's latest analysis on which teams will make it in and which teams will be shut out, the Washington Huskies will be one of the teams that will extend their season by making it into the tournament as a No. 10 seed, but that they're on the bubble and things could go either way right now.
For starters, Harvard faces a significant Ivy homestand (more on that later), while Long Beach State looks to stay perfect in Big West play when UC Riverside comes calling. Among the contenders from multi-bid conferences, Cincinnati, Purdue, and Washington can all grab huge road wins, while Alabama, Arizona, and Seton Hall face tricky challenges on their home floors. Meanwhile, UConn will look to be rude hosts when No. 1 overall seed Syracuse visits. I'll have more specifics on all of these games at the end of the post.
The Huskies have won eight of their last nine games and are currently riding a three-game winnings streak. They play Saturday night against the 14-13 Washington State Cougars on the road. Then their last two games, both on the road as well, are against USC on Thursday and UCLA on Saturday. The 19-8 Huskies will need to win at least two, and should win all three, of their final games if they want to earn a spot in the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
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