Huskies, Bulldogs face off in NCAA's

Washington has been picked to play SEC Tournament champion Mississippi State on Thursday in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. After losing to Arizona State on Friday in the Pac-10 Tournament, the outright regular-season champs will travel to the Rose Garden in Portland, Ore. to take on the Bulldogs in the hopes of facing the winner of on Saturday.

The No. 4-seed Huskies (25-8, 14-4) have only faced No. 13 Mississippi State (23-12, 9-7) one time, back in 1968. They beat the Bulldogs by two, 62-60. MSU defeated Tennessee Saturday in the finals of the SEC Tournament to guarantee themselves an automatic berth to the tournament.

If UW wins their first-round game, they would play the winner of Purdue/Northern Iowa. The Boilermakers won the Big-10 Tournament over Ohio State Sunday, while UNI beat Illinois State to earn an automatic berth for winning the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.

And if they were able to win that game, they could find themselves squarely in the sights of the Connecticut Huskies one more time in the Sweet 16. The east coast Huskies have spoiled their left coast brethren twice before from advancing, in 1998 and 2006.

We'll have more on the Huskies' selection to the big dance, their first trip back in three years, as well as the reaction from the team.


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