After a crazy week, the Huskies go from nothing to being the number 1 seed in the National Invitation Tournament, which will be held in the famous Madison Square Garden in New York City. The locker room was filled with nothing but smiles after the Dawgs defeated their rivals, the Oregon Ducks 90-86.
Terrence Ross came off an amazing game, scoring 24 points. Adding to the team was the masterful plays of Adbul Gaddy with 11 points, 10 assists, seven rebounds, and several different defensive stances that could arguably be the best in his career. CJ Wilcox, the teams leading foul shooter, sank 6 line shots with only 30 seconds left of the game to help boost the Huskies into a four point lead over the wounded Ducks, sealing the deal.
Just nine days after the NCAA pushed the Huskies aside from the Big Dance, the now number 1 seeded team (24-10) will be heading out to New York City for the second time in two months to challenge the 6th seeded Minnesota Golden Gophers, Tuesday March 27th . In their last meeting in 1991, UW took the win from Minnesota at home in Seattle. Before that, they lost to Gophers in 1990 in Minnesota. But neither Coach Lorenzo Romar nor the Gophers head coach Tubby Smith has ever played against one another.
This win is a big calling for the Huskies. Not too short a while ago, the team had thrown up their hands at any attempt at a post-season. Now, in just a short span of time since being pushed aside, not only are they in the post-season, they are the number one seed rolling into the semi-finals of the NIT. This will be the first time in U-Dubs history of advancing to the NIT semi-finals and already have the upper hand going into the game. They have managed to average 82.7 ppg and have won their last three games by an average of 11.7 points, according to the gohuskies.com webpage. The Dawgs are 11-7 in post-season tournaments that include 8-6 in six NCAA appearances. They are 3-0 in the NIT appearances.