The tie-breaking procedure for the Pac-10 tournament can get pretty complicated, but the bottom lines for the Huskies and Cougars are pretty clear: the only scoreboard they need to worry about Saturday is the one at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.
If the Huskies win, they'll be the outright Pac-10 champions. However, a UW loss (also assuming a UCLA win over Oregon) not only makes the Huskies co-champs, but tie-breakers also drop them to the No. 2 seed in the Pac-10 tournament next week at Staples Center in Los Angeles. That not only gives the Huskies a potentially tougher opening-game opponent but it dooms them -- and the media covering them -- to the late-game portion of the bracket.
Meanwhile a WSU win clinches either a fifth- or sixth-place finish, which guarantees a first-day bye in the Pac-10 tournament. While a WSU loss means a seventh- or eighth-place finish and a tournament-opening game Wednesday.