Washington's three-game losing streak has knocked the Huskies out of The Associated Press men's basketball rankings for the first time since December.
A loss at Washington State on Jan. 30 dropped UW to 20th in last week’s AP poll, and the Huskies fell all the way out this week after losses at Oregon State and Oregon.
Washington was the No. 33 vote-getter in the poll released Monday.
No. 15 Arizona is the only ranked team from the Pacific-10 Conference. UCLA is the only other team receiving votes, coming in at No. 39.
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Ohio State remained the unanimous pick at the top of the AP poll, followed by Kansas, Texas, Pittsburgh, Duke, San Diego State, Brigham Young, Notre Dame, Villanova and Connecticut.
Washington fell to 15-7 on the season and 7-4 in the Pac-10. That puts the Huskies two games behind the league-leading Wildcats (9-2) and a half game behind the Bruins (7-3).
UW’s losing streak also shows up in RPI, where the Huskies dropped to No. 42; and in bracketology, where Joe Lunardi of ESPN and Jerry Palm of CBSsports.com each have Washington as a No. 7 seed in the NCAA tournament.
The Huskies hope to begin climbing again this week, when a 6 p.m. Thursday visit from California will mark the start of a season-ending stretch with five of their final seven conference games at home.
Washington guard Isaiah Thomas of Tacoma was named Monday as one of 10 finalists for the Bob Cousy Award, presented annually to college basketball’s top point guard. Thomas, who attended Curtis High School, leads the Huskies with an average of 16.5 points per game and leads the Pac-10 with an average of 5.8 assists per game. Oregon’s Joevan Catron was named Pac-10 player of the week after averaging 18.5 points, nine rebounds, 2.5 assists and two steals per game in the Ducks’ sweep of Washington State and Washington.
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