PORTLAND - Given the setting, the question had to be asked.
Washington and Gonzaga are both here as the top seeds in the Portland subregional, in separate regions. They are staying in the same downtown hotel, five floors apart. The players and their coaches, Lorenzo Romar of the Huskies and Mark Few of the Bulldogs, pass each other in the corridors of the Rose Garden arena between games, practices and media sessions.
Romar greeted Few on Friday in one of those hallways. Then as Zags senior Jeremy Pargo walked by, Romar grabbed the guard's arm and raised it high. Then the coach playfully showed Pargo how he thought he should do a new high-five. Romar and Pargo both laughed before Pargo continued into an interview session.
So, yes, the state's two powers of college basketball remain close, despite their inherent rivalry.
So when in the name of Brandon Roy and Adam Morrison will they play each other again?
"At some point the series will resume," Romar said, coyly.
Many around both programs believe the renewal won't happen until Few leaves Gonzaga, if he ever does, as if there is animosity between them.
As for Few leaving, one of the first questions he got hours after it was announced Sunday that Gonzaga was heading to Portland was about the constant rumors he will someday coach Oregon. And someday is rumored to be coming soon, after coach Ernie Kent's Ducks finished last in the Pac-10 this season.
Few graduated from Oregon, grew up near Eugene and still has family in the state. He is a good friend of outgoing Ducks athletic director Pat Kilkenny.
Few didn't exactly trample the Ducks rumors out of existence on Sunday.
"I'm here to coach Gonzaga," he said. "That's my main objective. I don't spend time talking about things that are not open or are not available. To me, that's a personal thing between me and my family