At 3PM PST Sunday, the Washington Huskies turned some heads nationally as the NCAA Tournament selection committee awarded the Dawgs a number-one seed in the Tournament. They join Illinois, North Carolina and Duke, who the committee regarded as the top four teams in the country.

"A number-one seed would get us over the hump and it would make a case for us being one of the elite programs in the country, or at least the makings of one," UW Head Coach Lorenzo Romar told CBS right before they were selected.

As the #1 seeds were announced, CBS panned to Hec Ed arena, where the team, the Dawg Pack and the rest of the UW fans in attendence Sunday went absolutely nuts when the decision was finally announced.

"I think that's something they are worthy of," CBS analyst Billy Packer said just moments after the announcement. "I think it's great Washington slid in there in the one-line," added analyst Seth Davis. "They played some great basketball."

NCAA selection committee chairman Bob Bowlsby explained why they chose UW as their final #1 pick. "We looked at a lot of different scenarios and it was an ever-evolving process," he said. "They (UW) had a tremendous year and they had a lot of good wins and were a post-season tournament-winning team. At the end we thought that they deserved to be on line one."

The Huskies will play in the Albuquerque, New Mexico region, but their first-round matchup against Montana will be Thursday in Boise, Idaho.

We'll have more on the reaction from the Washington coaches and players a little later on this evening, as Henry Han is at Hec Ed to give us a first-hand look at history in the making.

This marks the first time in NCAA history that the Huskies have been awarded a number-one seed. In 1985, a #5 seed Washington team lost to #12 Kentucky 66-58, but in recent NCAA history, the Huskies have been no higher than a 7-seed.

Dawgman.com Top Stories