The Huskies apparently were too young to meet their goals in the regular season. But consecutive wins over No. 23 USC and No. 2 UCLA seem to have them believing they've grown up in time to have a chance for great things in their second season: the Pac-10 tournament.
So, let's turn our focus there.
UW will open Wednesday against Arizona State. The Sun Devils finished last in the Pac-10, and UW swept them in the regular season. However, neither of those games was easy: 64-53 here, and 66-61 in the desert. And like UW, ASU seemed to get better as the season went along.
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The winner will advance to play Washington State on Thursday. WSU swept both teams during the regular season.
Here are some Pac-10 tournament basics sent out by the league:
The UCLA Bruins successfully defended their Pac-10 regular season title and will enter next week's Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament as the No. 1 seed. It's the 29th league title all-time for the Bruins, and their ninth Pac-10 title since the league expanded to 10 teams in 1979.
WASHINGTON STATE, coming off its best Pac-10 finish since posting a 14-4 record and second-place finish in 1982-83, will be the No. 2 seed.
ARIZONA, OREGON and USC finished in a three-way tie for third. By virtue of the league's tie-break procedures, USC earned the No. 3 seed, followed by Oregon at No. 4 and Arizona at No. 5.
STANFORD claims the No. 6 seed. The top six seeds receive a bye in the Tournament and will begin play on Thursday.
The Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament, held at Staples Center in Los Angeles, begins on Wednesday with No. 8 CALIFORNIA taking on No. 9 OREGON STATE at 6:12 p.m., followed by No. 7 WASHINGTON meeting No. 10 ARIZONA STATE.
Fox Sports Net will televise the first three days of the Tournament, with CBS televising the Championship Game on Saturday.
PACIFIC LIFE PAC-10 TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Staples Center, Los Angeles, Calif.
No. 8 California vs. No. 9 Oregon State, 6:12 p.m., FSN
No. 7 Washington vs. No. 10 Arizona State, 8:42 p.m., FSN
No. 4 Oregon vs. No. 5 Arizona, 12:20 p.m., FSN
No. 8/9 winner vs. UCLA, 2:50 p.m., FSN
No. 3 USC vs. No. 6 Stanford, 6:20 p.m., FSN
No. 7/10 winner vs. No. 2 Washington State, 8:50 p.m., FSN
Semifinal 1, 6:20 p.m., FSN
Semifinal 2, 8:50 p.m., FSN
Pac-10 Tournament Championship, 3 p.m.,CBS