Huskies Play Marquette In The NCAA First Round
March 14, 2010
SEATTLE - The 11th-seeded University of Washington men's basketball team will play sixth-seeded Marquette in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Thursday at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.
The winner of the Washington/Marquette contest will face winner of third-seeded New Mexico vs. 14th-seeded Montana in the second round on Saturday.
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Washington enters the NCAA Tournament with a 24-9 overall record and winners of its last seven games. The Huskies have won 21 of their last 14, including a 79-75 win over Cal in yesterday's Pac-10 Tournament finals.
Marquette finished the season 22-11 and finished 11-7 in the Big East Conference regular season. New Mexico finished the sesaon 29-4, while Montana went 22-9.
Approximately 350 supporters showed up to the Don James Center at Husky Stadium to watch the NCAA Selection Show live on CBS-TV. After a short meeting and team meal, the team arrived to the cheering crowd and took their places in the front row of the seating areas. The live 'look-in' CBS-TV cameras and captured the team's reaction when the pairings were announced during the show.
Washington has advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in the last seven seasons. Last year, the Huskies won the Pac-10 regular season and advanced to the NCAA second round before losing a narrow decision to Purdue in Portland, Ore.
Kansas is the top overall seed in the 65-team tournament. Kentucky is the second seed, Duke is third and Syracuse is seeded fourth. A total of 31 teams enter automatically, while 34 earn at-large invitations. The Huskies earned the Pac-10's automatic berth by virtue of it's Pac-10 Tournament win.
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