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Washington Huskies A Sleeper NCAA Tournament Team?

The Washington Huskies basketball team has not done a lot of good things this season. They've been a pretty lame road team (although they generally only lose to good road teams, they lose in awful fashion) and have no marquee victories to their name other than a sweep of Arizona. It'll be hard for them to even make the tournament, as Seth Davis of Sports Illustrated reports.

As for the Huskies' chances of reaching the NCAA tournament, I'm hopeful but skeptical. They have three games remaining in the Pac-12 regular season, and they're all on the road -- at Washington State, at USC and at UCLA. Washington is currently 12-3 in the conference, but with no wins against teams ranked in the top 50 of the RPI, it has little margin for error. However, at the end of the day I do think the Pac-12 will get two teams in somehow, and if that's the case Washington will probably be one of them. Of course, a team that doesn't play D or make free throws isn't usually a threat to advance in the tournament, but stranger things have happened.

However, it's not as if Washington isn't capable of playing against the best of the nation. Washington played both Marquette and Duke in November, both of them top 25 teams, and nearly won both matchups in Madison Square Garden. This was back when dysfunctional Washington lost to Nevada and got ripped by South Dakota State at home. The Huskies are peaking at the right time though, and they could very well make some noise once March rolls around, if they do get a chance.

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