LOS ANGELES - The Washington Huskies invite their fans to join them at 3 p.m. today for a Selection Sunday viewing party at the Don James Center on the north side of Husky Stadium.
The event and parking are free. Doors open at 2:30 p.m.
The Huskies are certain of hearing their name called thanks to their 77-75 win over Arizona on Saturday and the automatic bid that comes with the Pacific-10 Conference tournament title.
A variety of bracketology projections show Washington (23-10) ranging from a No. 9 to No. 11 seed.
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“It’s a good time for us to be playing together and playing right, I know that much,” coach Lorenzo Romar said. “Where we go, what (opponent and site), you just wait for the call, prepare yourself and you go.”
Washington was the only team to put two players of the all-tournament team: Isaiah Thomas, who also won the most outstanding player award, and freshman Terrence Ross.
Also selected were Derrick Williams of Arizona, Klay Thompson of Washington State, E.J. Singler of Oregon, and Jared Cunningham of Oregon State.
Thomas joins Sean Elliott of Arizona (1988-89) as the only players to win the outstanding-player award in consecutive seasons.
“It was pretty cool,” Thomas said. “I’m just worried about winning. When you win, individual awards come, but the player of the tournament is not as important as the conference championship we just won.”
He played 123 out of 125 minutes over the three games. He set a tournament record with 30 assists in three games. He scored a season-high 28 points in the win over Washington State on Thursday.
The all-tournament honor marked a particular reversal for Ross, who had played a total of four minutes over Washington’s final two regular-season games, then moved into the starting lineup for all three games in Los Angeles.
“I would say it’s probably emotional,” Ross said. “It was kind of disappointing I didn’t play (much the final two games of the regular season), but I had to shake it off, get focused. I knew I was going to start. I just had to be prepared and play and prepared to work. I guess it paid off.”
This was UW’s third Pac-10 tournament title, following wins in 2005 and 2010. ... The Huskies are 3-2 in Pac-10 championship games. Arizona fell to 4-2 in championship games. ... Washington became the second No. 3 seed to win. ... This was the first Pac-10 tournament title to be settled in overtime. ... Rogers Mingo, whom Thomas calls his best friend from Curtis High School and a former Vikings basketball player, won $7,000 in a free-throw shooting contest at Staples Center.
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