Percy Allen recaps the Selection Sunday experience of Washington’s men’s basketball team, who endured a tough loss Saturday night to the Oregon Ducks in the conference championship game:
“We had a feeling going in and people were talking and saying we’re going to make it, but to hear your name get called and see your name up there on the bracket is amazing,” [Matisse] Thybulle said. “I’ve never had this experience, and I know Husky fans have been waiting a long time, and it’s a dream come true.”
The Seattle Times — Mike Hopkins believes in the Pac-12. With 3 teams in the Big Dance, can they prove him right?
As the gap between the reputations of the Pac-12 and the nation’s strongest basketball conferences such as the ACC has grown ever wider in recent years, Matt Calkins elaborates on how the so-called Conference of Champions can use this year’s NCAA tournament as a springboard to launch itself back into national relevance:
It wasn’t long ago where other teams feared Pac-12 programs and the rest of the country respected them.
That’s not how it is now, though. Sunday, the selection committee gave the Huskies an eight seed, Arizona State an 11 and Oregon a 12. They obviously don’t think much of the conference, and that’s probably justified.
But this also gives the Pac-12 an opportunity. There isn’t any pressure. Lose, and that’s what everybody expects. Win, and you shock the nation.
The Athletic — Husky Combine takeaways: Kyler Gordon’s vertical, Salvon Ahmed’s 40 and Myles Bryant’s decision to stay
Christian Caple recaps the Washington football team’s annual Husky Combine, after which the team announces its top-five finishers in the 40-yard dash, vertical jump, broad jump, three-cone drill, and pro agility drill. In addition, Caple spoke to Myles Bryant about his decision to forgo the 2019 NFL Draft and instead opt to return for his senior season on Montlake:
“It was really just making a commitment to myself to want to get a degree when I first came here,” said Bryant, who majors in communications, “and understanding there’s more left to finish here. There’s more stuff left to do. And knowing that this 2019 team could be bigger than the one we had last year.”
The Athletic — Hunter Bryant focuses on the big picture, and that could mean big things for Washington in 2019
Chantel Jennings spoke with UW’s star tight end about the personal challenges he overcame while attending high school, and how he hopes to use his athletic skill to make sure his own children will never have to deal with those hardships:
I just want to be able to have the opportunity to be in a place to provide for my future family so they never have to struggle like I did,” Bryant said. “That has been my goal since I was 6.”
- The No. 5 Washington softball team suffered their biggest setback of the season this weekend, when No. 1 UCLA swept them in a three-game series in Seattle.
- USC athletic director Lynn Swann says that news about the college admissions cheating scandal “blindsided” him.
- George Schroeder examines a handful of different ways that the College Football Playoff could realistically expand in the foreseeable future.
- Real recognize real.