Pac-12 Regular Season Champion Huskies Earn No. 1 NIT Seed
March 11, 2012
SEATTLE - The Washington Huskies (24-10, 14-4), winners of the Pac-12 Conference regular season title, are a No. 1 seed in the National Invitation Tournament and will host UT Arlington (24-8, 15-1 Southland Conference) on Tuesday, March 13 at 7:00 p.m (ESPNU).
The winner of Washington-UT Arlington will face either Northwestern or Akron in the second round on March 15-19. Tuesday's game is the first time the Huskies and Mavericks will be pitted against each other.
Washington was one of four No. 1 seeds selected to play in the 32-team NIT. The first three rounds will be played at home sites with the semifinals and finals being contested in New York's Madison Square Garden March 27 and 29.
Three other teams from the Pac-12 Conference earned spots in the tournament. Arizona is also a one seed, while Stanford and Oregon are No. 3 seeds. The Huskies and Ducks could potentially meet in the third rounds with a trip to New York on the line.
Washington will be making its first appearance in the NIT since 1997 and its sixth overall trip to the post-season tournament. The Huskies also played in the 1996, 1987, 1982 and 1980 NIT and have compiled a 3-5 overall record.
The Huskies have only hosted two games and are 1-1 in those home contests. They last hosted a game on March 16, 1987 when the beat Boise State 73-68 before losing on the road in the third round to Nebraska in Lincoln. The only other home game they hosted was a 1982 second round contest that they dropped 69-65 to Texas A&M.
The Mavericks won the Southland Conference regular season crown with a 15-1 record but lost 92-72 in the semifinals of their conference tournament to McNeese State. UT Arlington, who earned an automatic NIT bid by virtue of winning the regular season title, is led by sixth-year Coach Scott Cross. LaMarcus Reed, a 6-foot-5 senior forward, is the team's leading scorer with 17.8 points per game.
The Mavericks are moving over to the Western Athletic Conference on July 1, 2012.
Tickets for Tuesday's game at Alaska Airlines Arena go on sale to season ticket holders Sunday night online only. The season ticket holder priority deadline to order is 4:30 p.m. on Monday. Tickets for non-season ticket holders go on sale to the public Monday morning at 9 a.m. Unsold season ticket locations will go on sale to the public Tuesday morning. Tickets can be purchased by calling the ticket office at (206) 543-2200.
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