The Washington Huskies did themselves no favors by losing to Oregon State yesterday 86-84. Despite being the Pac 12 regular conference champion, the Huskies have a middling profile at best with ESPN's Bubble Watch really taking the Huskies to task.
It's official: Washington fans have absolutely no right to complain about the Huskies' "lack of respect" in regard to their at-large NCAA tournament chances. When you have this resume -- when your best nonconference win is UC Santa Barbara and your best league win (and the only top-75 victory) is at home against Oregon -- you simply cannot afford to end the Pac-12 tournament the way the Huskies ended theirs. Thursday's second-round loss to Oregon State may well spell "NIT" for the Huskies. They have the regular-season conference title going for them and ... that's pretty much it. They're 1-8 against the RPI top 50, 4-8 against the top 100, 6-8 away from their own building, with an RPI outside the top 50. Nothing about this resume screams NCAA tournament team.
Joe Lunardi has the Huskies as one of the last four teams in, which very well could mean that the regular season Pac 12 team gets to enjoy the play-in game to even make the tournament. Right now, every Husky fan should be the biggest Cal fan if they want to be dancing next week.