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NIT 2012: Washingtion Huskies Will Bring Pac-12 Party to MSG

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 08:  Tony Wroten #14 of the Washington Huskies reacts after a put-back dunk in the second half against the Oregon State Beavers during the quarterfinals of the 2012 Pacific Life Pac-12 basketball tournament at Staples Center on March 8, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterMarch 23, 2012

The Washington Huskies have business to do, and that is precisely why they will ignite Madison Square Garden for the NIT championship. 

The Huskies would mush rather be playing in a different Final Four, one that will play south in New Orleans. There is no hiding the fact that they nearly placed in the NCAA tournament and instead were given an NIT blow. 

There are two types of teams that play in the greatest consolation prize in college basketball. There are those that mope to a quick failure, further exacerbating a tumultuous season; and then there are those that embrace their lot and try their best to prove they are indeed a college basketball team of note. 

That is precisely what Washington is doing as they head further to the main prize: the chance to call themselves champions and prove the detractors wrong. 

Washington has regrouped since losing to Oregon State and has imposed their spirited backcourt against the NIT field. 

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 08:  Eric Moreland #15 of the Oregon State Beavers goes up for a shot against Terrence Ross #31 of the Washington Huskies in the first half during the quarterfinals of the 2012 Pacific Life Pac-12 basketball tournament at Staples C
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Terrence Ross has dominated, averaging 26.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. The offense comes through this high-flying guard who is not done playing basketball this season.

His partner in crime has been Tony Wroten. The team leader in points during the regular season was quiet through the first round and then burst onto the scene against Oregon in the second round.

Against the Ducks, Wroten dropped 22 points and grabbed seven boards, illustrating that the Huskies have the most dominant tandem left in the NIT.

It takes more than talent to win it all, and the Huskies tout an unwavering hunger to their list of attributes heading to Madison Square Garden.

Ross put it as simply as you can, via ESPN: "We're still upset that we get a (NCAA) bid and could have, but we all forgot about it and focused on this championship that we're after."

Washington still has a ways to go. they have Minnesota next and then the winner of Stanford vs. UMass to contend with, but they have the form, talent and mindset to see it through. 

The Huskies are out to prove themselves to the nation, and that makes them the most dangerous team left in the NIT.

 

 

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