Here's a release from the National Invitation Tournament, which is expected to invite Washington into its 32-team field on Sunday evening.
The decision on the NIT's 32-team field will be announced at 6 p.m. Sunday and carried live on ESPN2
The NIT Selection Committee, chaired by Basketball Hall of Fame member, C.M. Newton, will meet in Indianapolis this week. In addition to Newton, the NIT Selection Committee includes another Basketball Hall of Famer Dean Smith, along with Rudy Davalos, Don DeVoe, Gene Keady, Reggie Minton, Jack Powers and Carroll Williams.
"Announcing the field live on ESPN2 and ESPNU adds to the excitement of getting a bid to the NIT," said Newton. "It gives an opportunity for the student-athletes, coaches and fans to share in the fun of it all."
ESPN will provide television coverage of the MasterCard NIT, which is played regionally for the first three rounds and then culminates in New York City on March 27 at Madison Square Garden, the tournament's home since 1938.
There is even a Web site devoted to NIT bracketology. And it does not confirm my belief that the Huskies would be among the NIT favorites or a slam dunk to open at home.
Here are few UW quotes on downsizing their hopes from the Pac-10 tournament and the NCAA tournament to the NIT:
COACH LORENZO ROMAR
"Everyone in (our locker room) has either played in the NCAA tournament or came to the University of Washington because they wanted to play in the NCAA tournament. I don't think it was in anyone's mind going into this year with the guys thinking we wouldn't get there. We win (Wednesday) night and the guys see certain teams go down and there were upsets and you've got to be thinking 'We're going to do this.' And then it doesn't happen. Everybody's down over that."
Of course we wanted to stay longer and win a couple of more games, but we have to learn our lesson from how we played tonight. We still probably have a few games left this season. We'll just come out and try to play our best.
That's what we have to do, we don't have a choice. And now to come to that realization, that's reality and that's what we have to play for now.