UW's current run -- including their win Thursday over Arizona -- has lifted the team's postseason chances ... probably all the way to probable.
Now standing 15-12 overall and 6-8 in the Pacific-10 Conference, the Huskies not only have become likely candidates for the inaugural College Basketball Invitational tournament, but they have moved back onto the bubble for the National Invitation Tournament. They also at least have created a path back onto the NCAA tournament bubble, although that would likely take at least one significant upset at Stanford or Washington State... or winning the Pac-10 postseason conference tournament outright.
However, a strong finish and showing in the tournament could draw an NIT bid, and the Huskies probably already are close to a lock for the CBA, which will base its selections on a demonstrated ability to beat good teams.
The Huskies have won three of the last four games -- including wins against "good teams" UCLA and Arizona -- and that has inched them forward in the Pac-10 race: from ninth place to tied with Oregon for eighth.
However, a victory over Arizona State on Saturday could bring a leap, as the Huskies open the day just a half game out of fifth.
A win today would certainly move Washington past the Sun Devils, who come into today's game tied with Arizona and California at 6-7 in league play. But that victory also could likely slingshot the Huskies further than that, as Oregon, Arizona and California are all significant road underdogs this weekend: the Ducks play Saturday at No. 6 UCLA, the Wildcats Saturday night at Washington State and the Golden Bears on Sunday at Stanford.
It's getting interesting.