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Washington Huskies Links: NIT-Bound

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It may not be the Big Dance, but the Dawgs are playing postseason basketball for the just the second time since 2013.

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The Seattle Times — UW Huskies to host Boise State in NIT first round

Percy Allen gives an early preview of the No. 4 Boise State Broncos, whom No. 5 Washington will play in the first round of the National Invitational Tournament on Wednesday at Hec Ed. Depending on how the tournament shakes out, the Huskies could potentially play teams such as Saint Mary’s, Utah, LSU, USC and Oklahoma State. (A PDF version of the NIT bracket is available here.)

The Seattle Times — Jomon Dotson retains crown as Huskies’ fastest man; Taylor Rapp, Myles Bryant show off burst

Adam Jude put together a handy recap of the football team’s annual Husky Combine event, which measured players’ performances in tests such as the three-cone drill, the 40-yard dash, and the broad and vertical jumps. As his headline indicates, defensive back Jomon Dotson had arguably the day’s best across-the-board results, earning the team’s top marks in the 40-yard dash (4.32 seconds), the broad jump (11’ 1.5”), and the vertical jump (40.5”).

The Seattle Times — Former UW standout JoJo Mathis gets one more chance at NFL dream

After spending part of the 2017 season as a member of the Canadian Football League’s BC Lions, Mathis appeared at last weekend’s Washington pro day to demonstrate his skills to the assembled NFL scouts. Adam Jude spoke to Mathis about what the opportunity meant to him, and reflected on his longer-than-expected road to recovery since injuring his foot during his senior season at UW.

The Daily — Bates’ walk-off keeps Washington perfect

Washington’s softball team continues its magical season, which now extends to a 27-0 record, thanks to a come-from-behind 3-2 extra-innings victory Saturday over New Mexico State. The Dawgs next take the field Wednesday in an evening home game against Bryant University.

FanRag — Pepperdine expected to hire Lorenzo Romar as next head coach

After a one-year stint as an assistant at Arizona, former Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has reportedly accepted the top job at Pepperdine University, where he began his head coaching career in 1996. Romar takes over a Waves program that went 6-26 this season, including a particularly brutal 2-22 stretch that lasted from Nov. 24 to Feb. 23.

The Seattle Times — Garfield’s J’Raan Brooks recommits to USC basketball

After decommitting from the Trojans in the wake of the program’s alleged role in the ongoing bribery scandal under investigation by the FBI, local star prospect J’Raan Brooks announced yesterday that he does in fact plan to enroll at USC. 247 Sports rates Brooks as the No. 79 overall prospect in the 2018 class.

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