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March 16, 2008 12:34 PM

Latest projections

Posted by Bob Condotta

The latest CBI projection has Washington as a No. 1 seed in the West hosting Sam Houston State.

So the first question may be who the heck is Sam Houston State? SHS is a member of the Southland Conference, finishing 23-8 this season, losing in the semifinals of the conference tournament. SHS had a few big wins early, including handing Bob Knight one of the more embarassing losses of his career (56-54 over Texas Tech) and also beataing Fresno State.

The second question may be will Husky fans be excited about a home game against a team like Sam Houston State? I've got to figure they would rather play teams like the No. 2 and 3 seeds, Nevada or San Diego State.

As for the Pac-10, an increasing number of the final brackets have the conference getting just six bids (like this from Or even just five (like this from, which also includes a good explainer of how the field is formed).

Here's the latest list of Pac-10 RPIs and as you can see, what may make ASU the odd team out is its RPI of 83, due largely to a non-conference strength of schedule of 296. Only Oregon State played a weaker schedule.

Keep tuned here later for news on the Pac-10 and UW.

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Posted by Coug4Life

2:00 PM, Mar 16, 2008

So will the Huskies gather for a CBI selection show parties? Is it even televised? Maybe it could become an annual event for the Husky Nation. Maybe they should place these tournament bids on e-bay and see who is willing to pay the most for the privilege of having Sam Houston State come to their gym. Meanwhile the Cougs will convene to see where they get placed in the only relevant and meaningful tournament.

Posted by brie

2:06 PM, Mar 16, 2008

cougs will convene to see who brings a crashing end to the only 2 years of significance that WSU has ever known.

Posted by UCLAFan

2:48 PM, Mar 16, 2008

Wow! What a compliment to Husky Basketball! Maybe next year you all can hope to step it up a notch and play in the WIAA B School bracket! Your athletic programs are a joke!

Posted by GenoIsMyIdol

2:53 PM, Mar 16, 2008

Wow, how many here want to see your players embarrass themselves once more this year? Let me see a show of hands. And to pay to do that that is most laughable reason yet!

I would love to see the DOGS in the CBI....hell if anything, since my favorite sit-com is gone why not settle for the Huskies.

Posted by GenoIsMyIdol

3:25 PM, Mar 16, 2008


In Denver:
No. 4 Washington State (24-8)
No. 13 Winthrop (22-11)

Now, where will the 500th ranked UW Huskies....oh yeah - HOME.

Posted by GenoIsMyIdol

3:26 PM, Mar 16, 2008

Got it wrong....WSU is a 4th seed....not a 5th seed. Gotta give this team all the respect they deserve because they earned it.

Posted by Tommie

3:34 PM, Mar 16, 2008

What's even more humorous is that the same PORTLAND STATE team UW played Dec 15th and beat 85-65 is in the NCAA Tourney. And here everyone was laughing at UWs easy pre-season schedule by scheduling Portland State. I guess we all should have been laughing at Portland State for scheduling an easy pre-season schedule and playing UW.

Posted by Tommie

3:37 PM, Mar 16, 2008

I forgot to add, I am embarrassed to have graduated from the Univ of Washington. Low standards in admissions and low standard in sports. Ive seen retards get into the school only because they are in the big city of Seattle. Anyone can attend.

Posted by mattysimone

3:44 PM, Mar 16, 2008

time to fill them out fellas!!!! can you believe nike getting that high of a seed! fantasy tourney challenge, join league "pac10 rules" password bobc

Posted by d

3:48 PM, Mar 16, 2008

UW is usually rated in the 10 top public universities in the country.

I think you were thinking of Wazzu Tommie.

Posted by Tommie

3:50 PM, Mar 16, 2008

d.....sorry but you are wrong. From your funny response I believe you didn't even graduate from a CC.

Posted by Joe

4:06 PM, Mar 16, 2008

Scheduling Portland State was a favor to Ken Bone who is a former assistant coach of Romar's, check your facts before you come on here screaming about erroneous crap. Bob is there any way to reduce the amount of immature posters so we can have reasonable discussions on here? The comments section has become unreadable as there is always a flood of useless trash talk.

Thanks for making the group on the ESPN contest mattysimone, best of luck to everyone who is filling out brackets.

Posted by grant

4:19 PM, Mar 16, 2008

Listen to the Cougars getting worked up...I would too if I knew I was doomed to irrelevance once the season is over. Enjoy your next 1 or (maybe) 2 games Coug fans.

Posted by Dawg4Life

4:48 PM, Mar 16, 2008

Only a little more than an hour before the NIT selection show Husky fans. Gather 'round and cross your fingers and hope that we get in. Go Dawgs!

Posted by UCLAFan

5:15 PM, Mar 16, 2008

Hey Joe - I bet you were the kid who ran home to mom if you lost in a pick up game? Mom, mom.....make them stop! Typical of the Husky heritage......

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