However, the tournament starts out with a goofy format in that the result of tonight's game -- or Thursday's when Florida International visits -- won't affect anything in the tournament ... including UW's trip to Kansas City next week to play Kansas.
I try to explain some of that in my Tuesday story.
But it probably makes more sense for now to forget about the tournament and just fret about the season.
That season-opening loss to Portland looks even scarier when you consider that Cleveland State is probably a better team than the Pilots.
But at least this is at home.
A quick preview:
CLEVELAND STATE (1-0)
AT WASHINGTON (0-1)
7 p.m. Tuesday, Hec Edmondson Pavilion.
TV: None. Radio: 950-AM.
Statistical leaders: For CSU, F D'Aundray Brown, 15 ppg; F J'Nathan Bullock, 10 rpg; G Cedric Jackson, 6 apg. For UW, F Jon Brockman, 30 ppg and 17 rpg; G Venoy Overton and F Quincy Pondexter, 3 apg.
Series: First meeting.
Scouting report: The Huskies are off to their first 0-1 start since 2003. … UW forward Mathew Bryan-Amaning is out tonight and doubtful for Thursday with hip, knee and ankle pain from a fall in practice last week. … CSU came from behind to win its opener, 58-55, over Oakland University of Michigan. Brown scored a career-high 15 points while going 7-of-9 from the field. Jackson had a full stat sheet, with eight points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals. However, the Vikings' star may be Bullock, who had his 14th career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. … Last season, Cleveland State went 21-13, finished second in the Horizon League and advanced to the NIT. They were picked to win the league title this season.
Next: 7 p.m. Thursday, vs. Florida International, Hec Edmondson Pavilion; no TV.