The Huskies' hopes of defending their Pac-10 regular season men's basketball title goes against the recent run of league history.
Since the calendar clicked over to 2000, no Pac-10 team without at least a share of first place at the midpoint of the league season has ever made up enough ground to win the regular-season title.
2000-01 champion Stanford was 8-1 and alone at the top at the halfway mark; 2002 champ Oregon was 7-2 and shared the lead with USC; 2003 champ Arizona was alone at 8-1; 2004 champ Stanford was alone at 9-0; 2005 champ Arizona was 7-2 and even with Washington; 2006 champ UCLA was 7-2 and alone; 2007 champ UCLA was 7-2 and even with Oregon; 2008 champ UCLA was 8-1 and alone; and last season’s Huskies were 7-2 and even with UCLA.
The current Huskies are 4-5, two games behind co-leaders Arizona and Cal. They begin the second round of league play Thursday against the Wildcats.