NIT Tournament 2014: Washington Huskies left out, California, Utah receive bids

Jeff Gross

The team has declined an invitation to the CBI.

As was expected, the Huskies won't be going to the NIT Tournament. With the Huskies being expected to decline the CBI this means the season is over. I earlier said that the Huskies would be declining a CIT invite. That was not true, the CIT is only for non-BCS schools, so Washington would not get an invitation.

In the Pac-12, California was the only team on the bubble for making the NCAA Tournament, and it received a No. 2 seed in the NIT and will host No. 7 Utah Valley in the first round. The other Pac-12 team to make the NIT was Utah. The Utes will not get a home game in the first round, making it as a No. 5 seed, and will travel to play No. 4 Saint Mary's.

Dating back to 2008, when the Huskies made an appearance in the initial CBI, Washington had played in six consecutive postseason tournaments. Following the 2008 CBI, the Huskies made three consecutive NCAA Tournament berths back-to-back NITs.

It is unknown whether Oregon State will accept a bid to play in the CBI or the CIT, which would make nine Pac-12 teams to play in a postseason tournament; Utah and Cal joined Arizona, UCLA, Colorado, Arizona State, Stanford and Oregon, who made the NCAA Tournament.

This means the career of the second-leading scorer in the history of the University of Washington basketball, C.J. Wilcox, is over. We are going to miss that sweet, sweet stroke.

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