While it’s WAY too early to think about the tournament, the Huskies are 9-0 with wins over 4 teams with an RPI in the top 60.
As of December 15th, Bracketology expert Jerry Palm has the Huskies as a #3 seed playing Lafayette, a #14 seed in Portland. Notably, Seattle’s KeyArena has 2nd and 3rd round games this year as well. Palm plants Gonzaga as a #3 seed playing in Seattle. The other two #3 seeds are Wichita State and Texas.
Noteworthy non-conference Husky opponents included in the latest Bracketology are San Diego State at a #4, Oklahoma, the Huskies opponent Saturday, at #5, Eastern Washington at #13, Long Beach State at #15 and Stony Brook, the Huskies opponent on December 28th playing in the First Four as a #16 seed.
Of the Pac 12 teams identified as tourney teams at this point are Arizona (No. #1 seed), Utah (#4) and Cal (#9).
We get it Dawg fans. The Huskies could have an impressive record so far but stumble horribly in league play and end up off the board. Remember that 14-4 league record that got us…nowhere. However, early projections reflect a stronger non-conference schedule with wins over good teams. If the Huskies could find a way to win out in its non-conference it would put them in great position as it enters league play. The early Bracketology list also has just 4 Pac 12 teams which may reflect a down season in the Pac 12. This also means that the Dawgs can’t trip up too many times in January and February.
Of course, it’s too soon to dream about March, but things are looking up for this team so far.