It’s Sunday. Selection Sunday. Judgment Sunday. The Sunday of all Sundays. The most important Sunday of all time. Whatever you want to call it, today is the day where Washington learns its fate. Joe Lunardi currently has Washington as one of the first two teams “out” of the NCAA Tournament. St. Bonaventure decided to complete the downward spiral, which has been life since Washington’s loss to UCLA, by beating Xavier in the A-10 final and locking up an automatic bid. Pop. Someone’s bubble burst this morning. Do not be surprised if the Huskies saw their preciously thin bubble poked into oblivion by St. Bonaventure. On a positive note, Lunardi missed 3 of his 4 “last four in” vs “first four out” picks last year.
Since the Huskies lost to UCLA, every possible thing that could have gone wrong has gone wrong. The Dawgs lost to OSU in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament. California and Oregon dropped their early round games. And Colorado, a team that wasn’t even on the bubble, jumped in a decided to steal away the Pac-12’s automatic bid from a conference that seemingly didn’t even want to dance.
The NCAA Selection Committee needs to be very careful with their decision today. Not putting Washington in the tournament, which can easily be justified, seemingly discounts the 18 game conference season for three or four “key” games out of conference. Giving Washington a chance to dance would mean turning a blind eye to their horrendous record against RPI Top-100 teams and would make UW the lowest rated RPI team to ever receive an at-large bid (69th). There is no doubt in my mind that the Huskies could make some serious noise in the tournament if given the opportunity, but do they even deserve a chance to dance?
Mike Huguenin of Yahoo! has UW as a 12 seed. He says that "The only way Washington makes the field is if the selection committee values a regular-season title in a “major” conference. The bet here is that the committee rewards the Huskies for their Pac-12 regular-season championship. "