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NCAA Tournament 2011 Bracket: Washington A Nine Seed In Joe Lunardi's Latest Bracketology

The Washington Huskies experienced a bump in the road down the stretch of Pac-10 play but are still safely in the NCAA Tournament field. The Huskies aren’t quite on the bubble, though a loss in the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 Tournament, to rival Washington State, could place the Huskies on the bubble, making for a stressful selection Sunday. Should the Huskies make the NCAA Tournament — which looks likely as of now — the road they face is a tough one without the benefit of a high seed.

In Joe Lunardi’s latest bracketology entry, the Huskies are listed as a nine-seed in the Southeast regional, set to take on Missouri in the first round. If Lunardi’s projection is correct, Washington would have to travel to Cleveland for the first round of play, as well. From there, the winner would likely face the No. 1 seed in the region — Pittsburgh according to Lunardi.

At this point, the Huskies should be happy to be in the NCAA Tournament considering all that’s gone on in the last two weeks. Head coach Lorenzo Romar has dealt with his share of adversity with the season winding to a close, dropping games to Washington State and USC while dealing with the legal troubles of guard Venoy Overton.

Washington is in Los Angeles for the Pac-10 Tournament, set to take on Washington State on Thursday. The Huskies will be without Overton after Romar suspended his senior guard on Tuesday. Washington may also be without Justin Holiday as he deals with concussion symptoms stemming from a blow to the head during Saturday’s loss.

For the latest projections, check out the rest of our bracketology StoryStream.