If the oddsmakers are correct, Washington and Gonzaga should win their NCAA men's basketball tournament first-round games Thursday afternoon at Portland, Ore. They've installed the Huskies as 5-point favorites over Mississippi State and the Zags as 12 1/2-point favorites against Akron. Both Washington and Gonzaga are No. 4 seeds, the Huskies in the West regional and the Zags in the South regional, while Mississippi State and Akron are No. 13 seeds. Washington won the Pac-10 regular-season title, while Gonzaga captured the West Coast Conference regular season and tournament crowns. The Huskies are in the NCAA tournament for the first time in three seasons, while the Zags are in the NCAA tournament for the 11th straight season. Gonzaga has lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament the past two seasons.