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Day after selection Sunday, Cougs head south


FROM PULLMAN -- The dust has settled after another selection Sunday. But selection Sunday means a heck of a lot more selections than it used to. The Cougars were selected by the CBI, along with Oregon State. Four Pac-12 teams were selected by the NIT. And two are headed to the big dance. That's eight conference teams in postseason play. Hey, who said the Pac-12 was down? Wait. Don't answer that. Instead, read on.


WSU is now certain of its first-round CBI opponent, date and location -- at San Francisco at 7 p.m. Tuesday. That's a very quick turnaround. We won't be making the trip, but will have a correspondent there to cover the game. You can watch it on HDNet, which means us Time Warner customers on the Palouse are out of luck. But if you're a Comcast subscriber, HDNet is channel 707, and you can get it on DirecTV and Dish Network, too. We'll see if we can't track down a viewing party somewhere in Pullman. ... We filed this story last night with some details about the tournament and San Francisco, a high-scoring team that helped deny Gonzaga a regular-season WCC championship. As noted in the story, the Cougars could host a second-round game, regardless of who wins between Wyoming and North Dakota State. We'll try to get more details on the likelihood of that scenario from Ken Bone later today. ... We also started a Yahoo! group where you can submit your brackets and compete against other blog readers. I encourage everyone to sign up. The more the merrier. ... Our John Blanchette says the committee got it right, for the most part. ... Here's the official release from San Francisco, which is charging a pretty penny to sit near the court on Tuesday. ... Jim Moore chimes in on UW missing out on the NCAA tournament. ... Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott will hold a conference call later today, during which he is expected to announce that the Pac-12 women's basketball tournament will move to Seattle next season. The director of the Seattle Center and the executive director of the Seattle Sports Commission will also be on the call. ... The WSU baseball team rallied for a 9-8 win over UNLV yesterday. ... Here's the NCAA tournament bracket, as well as some predictions from the folks at

As for the two Pac-12 teams going dancing ...

Colorado: The Buffaloes didn't have to sweat on Sunday, winners of the Pac-12 tournament championship and the automatic bid that accompanies. They received an 11-seed, and will face No. 6 UNLV in Albuquerque. This is an awesome cartoon.

California: The Bears snuck in with the conference's only at-large bid and will face South Florida in a play-in game (or First  Four, or whatever. It's a play-in game to those of us in the real world). Wilner says Cal should feel fortunate just to be included. A couple wins might bring the conference respect.

And the four Pac-12 teams heading to the NIT ...

Washington: The Huskies made history by becoming the first major conference regular season champion to miss out on the NCAA tournament in the modern era. But they're a No. 1 seed in the NIT, hosting Texas-Arlington in a first-round game Tuesday. UW has nobody to blame but itself.

Arizona: The Wildcats are also a 1 seed, hosting Bucknell on Wednesday. The Daily Star notes that the NIT is like the Pac-12 tournament all over again.

Oregon: The 3 seed Ducks are also hosting, and will play LSU at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Stanford: And the Cardinal, also seeded third, will also host. They'll play at 8 p.m. Tuesday against Cleveland State.

And the other Pac-12 team heading to the CBI: Oregon State. The Beavers accepted their third CBI bid in the last four years. ... There might not be many Pac-12 teams in the tournament, but there are plenty of connections (off the top, we can think of Tony Bennett's Virginia team and San Diego State and Xavier Thames as two WSU connections). ... The NIT said no thanks to UCLA. ... A spring football story from USC.

That's all for now.

Christian Caple can be reached at Twitter: @ChristianCaple

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