UW men’s basketball left out of the NIT, season ends
The Washington men’s basketball team is left out of the NIT, thus ending their season at 17-15. It’s the first time since 2007 that the Huskies missed the postseason.
Seattle Times staff reporter
For the first time since 2007 and for the third time during the 12-year Lorenzo Romar era, the Huskies will not play in a postseason tournament.
Their bid for an NCAA tournament berth ended last week after a first-round ouster in the Pac-12 tournament.
And hopes for a third straight trip to the National Invitation Tournament were dashed Sunday when the Washington men’s basketball team was not included in the 32-team field.
School officials were not interested in pursuing a bid from the College Basketball Invitational and Washington’s season is over at 17-15. UW was 9-9 in the Pac-12 and tied for eighth.
C.J. Wilcox finished his record-breaking career with 14 points in Washington’s 67-61 loss to Utah last Wednesday. The senior guard is the school’s career leader in three-pointers and ranks second on the all-time scoring list.
“Shoutout to my teammates man, Love y’all,” Wilcox wrote Sunday on his Twitter account. “Thanks for the fun year! Wish it could have gone better.”
Six teams from the Pac-12 received berths to the NCAA tournament: Arizona, UCLA, Oregon, Colorado, Stanford and Arizona State. The conference sent two teams (California and Utah) to the NIT, and Oregon State accepted a berth to the CBI.
The Huskies knew their chances for a NIT berth were slim after a disappointing season filled with injuries and inconsistent performances. Their RPI is 102, according to RealTimeRPI.com, and they were 4-7 in the past 11 games.
It was believed Washington might be squeezed out of the NIT by the 13 automatic qualifiers (teams that won their conference regular-season title), which left 19 at-large berths.
Turns out, the Huskies were never a bubble team after all.
During the NIT Selection Show, committee chairman Carroll Williams identified seven bubble teams (Indiana, Maryland, Richmond, Ohio, Marquette, UNLV and Boise State) who missed the NIT. He did not mention UW.
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