Using a zone defense to start the second half, the Cardinal closed a 10-point deficit to one but couldn't get over the hump. "We've said all along that we weren't trying to go undefeated, though it would have been nice," said center Rob Little after the game. "You can't make as many mistakes as we did on the road and expect to win. You can't always have a miraculous comeback."
Miraculous as the Huskies' own comeback has been, it may not be enough to impress the NCAA tournament selection committee. Washington's weak RPI (73) could cost the Huskies an at-large bid should they fail to get the automatic invitation that goes with winning the league tournament. Since 1993, every Pac-10 team that has won 11 or more conference games has made it into the NCAA tournament. But since 1991 only five teams with an RPI lower than 60 have received at-large bids. "This game wasn't a fluke," Roy says of the Stanford upset. "The committee members have to ask themselves, Are there 65 teams better than Washington?' I think they'll say no."