The Pac-12 barely got two teams in the NCAA tournament - Colorado and Cal. Meanwhile, there are four Pac-12 teams - Washington, Arizona, Oregon and Stanford - in the NIT and two teams - Washington State and Oregon State - in the CBI. And UCLA? They weren't invited to any postseason tournaments.
Let's look at the reaction ... starting with the Huskies ... from my story in today's paper
The snub means that Washington became the first eligible team from a major power conference (Pac-12, Big East, Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, Big 12 and Southeastern) to win a regular season title and fail to get an invite to the tournament since the tournament moved to 64 and then 68 teams.
“Unfortunately, we had to be the one,” Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar said.
But the Huskies’ season is not over. By virtue of winning the conference regular season, Washington had an automatic berth into the National Invitation Tournament. They are one of four No. 1 seeds and will host the University of Texas-Arlington at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The game will be aired on ESPNU.
“There are teams that are disappointed to be playing in this tournament that have to force themselves to get up to play in this tournament,” Romar said of the NIT. “There are others that are waiting to play in this tournament. If you play one of those teams, they can get you. It’s not what we wanted. It wasn’t our first choice, but we need to take a hold of it and seize the moment.”Arizona players say they are excited to play in the NIT and just want to keep their season going. Columnist Greg Hansen talked with Lute Olson about not playing too tough of teams in the nonconference season.
With a slew of seniors, Oregon just wants to keep playing as well.
The reaction from Colorado and Cal is a little more genuinely upbeat since they are playing in the "real" tournament.
A year ago, Tad Boyle's teams watched the selection show and were left in tears after being passed over. This year, they were nothing but cheers. Columnist Kyle Ringo writes about what Boyle has already done and will do with the program in the future. Also there's a great cartoon from Drew Litton on the link.