Washington seems on the verge of missing the NCAA tournament for the second consecutive season -- the Huskies' only paths seem at least a 4-1 finish to the regular season or winning the Pac-10 tournament.
However, their Thursday opponent -- Arizona -- also will likely also will need a solid finish to qualify, and there are extra stakes for the Wildcats: a 23-season streak of NCAA tournament appearances, that likely won't continue with anything less than a split of their remaining six games.
Also, a couple of other notes:
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Oregon State coach Kevin Mouton said Tuesday he is considering disciplinary action against his players who taunted and challenged the Huskies after a practice last week in Corvallis. UW coach Lorenzo Romar said the issue is behind him and his team.
Ryan Appleby has 211 career 3-pointers ... just one away from Deon Luton's school record. I talked to him about that today, and I'll write more about that for the Thursday paper.
The Arizona game Thursday and the Arizona State game Saturday are the last home appearances for the Huskies this season, and therefore the last Hec Ed appearances ever for seniors Appleby and Tim Morris(barring possible postseason home dates). I'll write more about this small senior class by Saturday.
UW freshman Justin Holiday (knee, ankle) is likely to miss this week's game, but could return for the Bay Area trip next week.
And, as posted earlier, UW's game March 1 at California will tipoff at 3 p.m. The game is not currently scheduled for TV in the Puget Sound area, although that could change.