2010 March Madness & the Men’s Basketball Tournament

A Husky Fan Reflects on 2010 Tournament and 2009 Season

If you follow college basketball, you know that the 2009-2010 Men’s hoop season was turbulent and unusual. Aside from Gonzaga, the pacific northwest isn’t usually part of the college basketball headlines. Those titles are usually reserved for UCONN, North Carolina, or Texas. But these outstanding programs floundered in the 2009-2010 season – UNC and Connecticut failed to win bids to the 2010 NCAA tournament.

It seemed like the perfect year to shine for Washington. But the Pac-10 conference was more up and down then the other conferences. At the end of the regular college basketball schedule, analysts unanimously deemed the Pac-10 as the weakest BCS conference.

With only two Pac-10 teams to get bids to this year’s tournament – and with one of those bids already going to California – UW had to fight Arizona State for the last spot. But the Huskies finished their schedule strong by winning the PAC-10 conference tournament and earning the second Pac-10 spot in the NCAA tournament.

Last week the Huskies defeated New Mexico State and Marquette, putting the UW squad in the Sweet Sixteen.

As a Husky hoops fan, just reading the words “sweet sixteen” makes me sweat. In just four appearances to the third round of the NCAA tournament – the fabled sweet ‘sixteen’ teams still standing – the Huskies have lost all four games.

It’s amazing how much better the Huskies are playing in early spring compared to their conference games in late January. The shots in this post were taken this year at Hec Ed Arena on Washington campus in Seattle. The Huskies were playing the USC Trojans.

The Huskies will have to play lots better today against a tough West Virginia team if they hope to advance to the Elite 8 in the 2010 NCAA tournament.

Go Huskies, and hopefully we’ll be one of the eight teams left standing before this day is over!

Husky Overton layup UW HecEd Digital Photo

Huskies Overton leaps for a layup at Hec Ed Arena against USC

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