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Washington Teams in the NCAA Tournament

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Their campuses are just 80 miles apart,
but Washington State and Gonzaga will be playing at opposite ends
of the country after receiving at-large bids to the NCAA tournament
on Sunday.
      No. 21 Washington State is seeded No. 4 and will face 13th seed
Winthrop in the NCAA tournament East Regional on Thursday in
Denver's Pepsi Center. The Cougars join North Carolina, Louisville
and Tennessee in the region's top four seeds.
      Making its tenth consecutive NCAA appearance, No. 20 Gonzaga
(25-7) is seeded seventh in the midwest region and will face 10th
seeded Davidson (26-6) in Raleigh, N.C. The Bulldogs were the West
Coast Conference regular season champion, but lost to San Diego
69-62 in the conference tournament championship.
      Washington State (24-8) of the Pacific-10 conference is making
back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances for the first time in the
school's history.
      The Cougars opening round opponent, Winthrop (22-11), is the Big
South tournament champion after a 66-48 win over UNC-Asheville.
      Davidson took the Southern Conference championship with a 65-49
victory over Elon. Davidson is led by Stephen Curry, who averages
25 points per game.
      Washington State was considered a lock for an at-large bid after
beating Oregon 75-70 to advance to the Pacific-10 Conference
tournament semifinals, where it lost to Stanford 75-68.
      Gonzaga was thought to be on the bubble after losing the WCC
championship game.
      The Bulldogs' streak of 10 straight NCAA appearances is tied for
fifth longest with Texas.
     
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