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02-28-2008, 12:09 AM
Fish or cut bait time for U Wash. men's bball.

Ruiz don't like the chances for even a CBI bid.


NIT? UW Huskies have no lock even for inaugural CBI
Published: February 27th, 2008 02:26 AM | Updated: February 27th, 2008 07:26 AM
Unlike in college football, there is no NCAA basketball rule demanding at least a .500 record for postseason eligibility. Still, the University of Washington men’s team might want to play like there is.
The Huskies (15-13) will slip below .500 unless they are able to pull an upset in one of their remaining three regular-season games or make a run in the Pacific-10 Conference tournament.
Washington ends its regular season with three road games against teams that beat the Huskies earlier this season in Seattle: No. 8 Stanford on Thursday, California on Saturday and No. 22 Washington State on March 8. The Huskies won’t be favored in any of those, and without an upset they appear doomed to a No. 9 seed in the conference tournament March 12-15 in Los Angeles.
The NCAA tournament is beyond reach unless the Huskies morph into champions at Staples Center. They also need some late-season magic to levitate their National Invitation Tournament hopes.

Failing that, Washington’s last chance would be the inaugural College Basketball Invitational. And coach Lorenzo Romar is on record as saying the Huskies would accept a CBI invitation.
But in the aftermath of a dream-denting loss to Arizona State on Saturday, the question becomes: Will the CBI want Washington?
“What we’re looking for is the ability for teams to be performing well,” said Rick Giles, president of the Gazelle Group, which created the CBI. “So, how will we determine that? Can you beat good teams? We’re not really worried about bad losses. We’re not really worried about computer formulas. We’re looking for if you have the ability to play at a high level, because we want to have an exciting tournament. So, that will probably be the most weighted criteria that we apply.”
By those standards, the Huskies have a pulse. They can point to wins against UCLA, Arizona and Arizona State – maybe even Oregon and Louisiana State if the CBI is willing to broaden its definition of “good teams” to include once-good teams. Even that one-point loss to Pittsburgh might count toward playing at a high level.
But would any of that matter if Washington loses out and falls to 15-17 by Selection Sunday?
One of CBI’s main reasons for being is its belief that too many good teams were left home last season – including the 19-13 Huskies.
“A couple of years ago when the NCAA bought the NIT, they trimmed their field from 40 to 32,” Giles said. “And then they also implemented the automatic-qualifier rule, so that further contracted the number of at-large spots that were available. ... We just thought that the timing was good and that there was a demand out there for more postseason opportunities.”
So the CBI was born: a 16-team tournament, seeded into four regions with all games played on the campus of the higher-seeded team, and a best-of-three championship round.
To demonstrate how it would work, the CBI put together a bracket of 16 teams from last season that were passed over by the NCAA and the NIT. That mock bracket included some prestigious names: Connecticut, Missouri, Oklahoma, Iowa, Nebraska, LSU, St. Joseph’s and, yes, Washington.
All those teams had at least one thing in common: winning records.
Washington’s regular-season-ending game at Washington State will tip off at 4:30 p.m. and will be televised on FSN. … UW freshman Justin Holiday, still slowed by ankle and knee sprains, will not play in Bay Area games this week. … UCLA coach Ben Howland said 10 to 12 teams have a chance at the national championship, and he expects six or seven Pac-10 teams to make the NCAA tournament.
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02-28-2008, 07:28 AM
heard Romar on the radio the other day talking about how he would accept the invite to the CBI tourney...

if this was my team I'd be really put off by this. I mean, you can still win the Pac-10 tourney and make the Dance, so maybe you should keep your eye on the ball. Its a long shot, but its one worth focusing on.

I can't see Mark Few talking like this when there's still games to play. Reason #1,456,745 that he's a better coach