The nine-seeded Oregon State Beavers upset the top-seeded UW Huskies in thePAC-12 tournament Thursday.
Tony Wroten set a UW freshman scoring record for a game with 29 points and added seven rebounds, but he missed four free throws in the final 18 seconds.
The Huskies (21-10), the outright regular-season PAC-12 champions, made just 12 of 26 free throws. They were 9-21 from the line in the second half. They also continually let the Beavers (18-13) roam the lane for put-back scores plus get open outside for key jump shots.
The Huskies' fate is now up to what amounts to a referendum on what the NCAA tournament selection committee thinks of the Pac-12.
"I'm not in there with the committee. I know we haven't won as many games as we should have in non-conference as a league. But I would think the Pac-12 champion would be able to find a place in the NCAA tournament," said Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar. "We certainly didn't help ourselves today, but I would think we'd be able to find ourselves in there."
"But I am not on the committee. The committee, they're meeting. And we're kind of at the mercy of their decision."
The last time a team not on a postseason ban led the league in regular-season conference wins yet failed to make the NCAA tournament: 1953.The 68-team tournament field will be announced Sunday afternoon.