Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Washington Huskies Set to Cruise into NCAA Tournament

College Hoops Player of the Day for Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The PAC-10 won't be sending too many teams to the NCAA tournament - probably just three - but Washington will be one of them and any team they face will have to take them seriously.

The Huskies (19-8, 10-5) took a day off from conference play to travel to Seattle, where they handed the Redhawks a 95-74 beating, thanks in large part to Matthew Bryan-Amaning, who went 9-for-11 from the field, scoring 24 points to lead all scorers and six Huskies in double figures.

A senior forward, Bryan-Amaning also put up his 9th double-double of the season, ripping down 13 rebounds.

Washington is a high-scoring machine that puts pressure on opponents with an end-to-end running game that will likely serve them well come tourney time. They're currently third in the conference, behind Arizona (the only ranked PAC-10 team) and UCLA, but already have a win over the Bruins and lost a one-point game at Arizona this past Saturday.

While the Huskies are 1-3 against ranked teams, the two other losses came back-to-back in November, when they traveled to Kentucky and Michigan State, losing by 5 and 7 points, respectively. Their earlier encounter with Arizona - on their home court - was a runaway 85-86 victory.

With just three more conference games on the schedule - all at home - the Huskies look like a team that's already punched a ticket to the dance.

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