Washington Huskies’ Ten Best Tournament Wins Of The Romar Era


The Washington Huskies are once again absent from the NCAA Tournament. With a ridiculously talented 2015 recruiting class set to rejuvinate the program, and most of the current roster returning, next year might be the year. In the meantime. here is a great list of good times to reminisce to.

10) Isaiah and the Huskies take down the Dawgs in the NCAA Tournament

8) 2010 Pac-10 Championship and ensuing impromptu dunk contest

7) Huskies get their revenge on the Cardinal

6) UW runs New Mexico’s Sweet 16 hopes into the ground

5) Huskies overcome Stoudamire’s 37 for their first Pac-10 Title

4) 2006 Second Round Comeback Against Defending National Runner-Ups

3) UW outlasts Klay’s 43 and hang on for 89-87 win

2) Cold-Blooded Champions

1) Quincy Pondexter’s winner completes epic NCAA Tournament comeback

9) 2004 Pac-10 Tournament: Will Conroy‘s 18 Second Half Points Ignites Comeback

The run to the 2004 Conference Title game redeemed the Huskies’ from a season that began with an 0-5 conference record. And it almost ended before it even began.

Freshman phenom Trevor Ariza and the UCLA Bruins controlled the game and lead by as much as 11 in the first half and held a 73-65 with less than 10 minutes to go in the game. But after the up-and-down season, this young, but talented group of Dawgs had had enough.

Will Conroy, in particular, would not let the Huskies fall, as he lead them on a 13-5 run that tied the game at 78. And after a UCLA bucket, he again tied the game at 80 with three minutes to play. Tre Simmons followed that up with a three-point play and UW had taken the lead for good.

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Nate Robinson added 12 points and seven assists, and Simmons contributed 15 points off the bench. The Huskies held Ariza to 12 points on 4-10 shooting in his final collegiate game.

The win sparked UW on a tear through the Pac-10 Tournament that was enough for the selection committee to let the Huskies dance for the first time since 1999.

Looking back on this period in Husky history, one might wonder how this game was even close. However, Robinson, Conroy, Simmons, Brandon Roy, Bobby Jones and Mike Jensen were all underclassmen at this point and had not yet developed a chemistry and jumped into the national scene.

But this game was a turning point for the group, and set the stage for the special seasons to come.

The will be more from the ’04 run through the Pac-10 tournament to come in the following days. Make sure to check in at Emerald City Swagger tomorrow for the Washington Huskies’ no. 8 tournament win under Coach Romar!

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*All of the above photos are from USA Today Sports.

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