Washington (and its fans) feeling confident

Quincy Pondexter led Washington to the Pac-10 tournament title and a spot in the NCAA tournament. Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

Washington should see a good number of its Dawg Pack fans at their first round game against Marquette. Even though it's the East Regional, the game is in San Jose, Calif., which is a shorter trip from Seattle than even the Huskies' conference tournament site in Los Angeles.

It's not as close as Spokane might have been, but the San Francisco Bay Area is only a two-hour drive from where star Quincy Pondexter is from in Fresno. San Jose might as well be a backyard for Washington compared to where Marquette is coming from.

"Been to that area," Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar told reporters. "Familiar with that area. We're pleased with that.

"Given the fact that we were an 11 seed, we can't complain at all going to San Jose."

Washington could have very well have been an NIT team if it hadn't beaten Cal in the Pac-10 title game, but also being quoted on the school's Web site is one of its confident fans.

"I think we have a pretty good road with New Mexico after we beat Marquette, so I'm looking forward to that," James Garnet said.