Huskies stay out west

It almost appeared as if the NCAA selection committee was going to put Gonzaga and Washington together, but once Indiana was declared the sixth seed in the Oakland bracket during CBS' Selection Sunday special, all hopes were dashed of an in-state second-round clash in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament. The Huskies will focus their efforts toward San Diego, as they will play the Utah State Aggies on Thursday.

"We are excited," Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar said to a crowd of a few hundred packed into the south side of Hec Ed after the announcement of UW's No. 5 seed was made. "We get to go to San Diego."

The Huskies might have sweating it out a little in terms of staying out west, as a lot of the bracketology experts had Washington possibly playing in Auburn Hills, Mich. as a sixth seed.

If Washington can get past the Aggies, they could possibly play No. 4 seed Illinois, the national championship runner-up last year on Saturday. Illinois plays Air Force on Thursday, a team the CBS analysts called a surprise pick.

The Huskies, fittingly enough, are part of the Washington D.C. bracket. Connecticut is the bracket's No. 1 seed, followed by Tennessee, North Carolina and Illinois.

The Pac-10, as expected, seeded four teams - UCLA (No. 2), California (No. 7) and Arizona (No. 8). The Bruins also play in San Diego on Thursday, against Belmont. The Golden Bears take part in a very difficult 7-10 matchup against North Carolina State Friday in Dallas, while Arizona goes up against Big-10 power Wisconsin Friday in Philadelphia.

Duke earned the overall No. 1 seed, followed by Connecticut, Villanova and Memphis.

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