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Selection Sunday has Northwest Implications

The Huskies are waiting just like everyone else to see where they are going to play their first game of the tournament. Conventional wisdom says the Huskies will either be a third or fourth seed and play in either Boise or Portland in the opening round.

I still think the Huskies wherver they get seeded have the ability to get to the Sweet Sixteen. One advantage they have is they won't be playing Pac 10 opponents this early who just may have figured out how to handle the Dawgs in the Pac 10 tournament.

UCLA, Arizona State, Washington, California, and USC are all virtual locks to be selected today. The Trojans wrapped up their selection by winning the Pac 10 tournament yesterday. Arizona is on the bubble at this point and is likely headed to the NIT. Washington State is also in consideration for an NIT or CBI berth.

Oregon State decided to hedge its bet early by agreeing to host a first round game in the CBI Tournament. Washington hosted a first round game last year and flopped against Valparasio.

Gonzaga which won the WCC regular season championship and the WCC Tournament looks to be a third or fourth seed. The Zags have gotten a lot of notice lately for the way they have dominated the weakest conference in the West. St Mary's of the WCC is a bubble team that could get in.

Portland which finished third in the conference is headed to either the NIT or CBI. That opening win over Washington should be the bump they need to get in somewhere.

Portland State under former UW assistant Ken Bone won the Big Sky Tournament to win the automatic Big Sky bid after finishing second int he conference during the regular season. It will be the Vikings second straight appearance in the Big Dance.

Seattle University with a 21-8 record and a 132 rating in the Sagarins is the top rated independent in the country. The Redhawks are eligible for every tournament other than the Big Dance this season. They could end up getting a bid to the CBI or the new Colleg Insiders Basketball Classic.