Eight-seeded Oregon and No. 9 seed Washington State will tip off the Pacific-10 Conference men’s basketball tournament at 8 p.m. Wednesday.
The other participating teams get into action Thursday: No. 4 Arizona vs. No. 5 UCLA at noon, the Oregon-WSU winner vs. No. 1 California at 2:30 p.m., No. 3 Washington vs. No. 6 Oregon State at 6 p.m., and No. 2 Arizona State vs. No. 7 Stanford at 8:30. (Here's the bracket.)
Southern California is not participating in the tournament as part of its self-imposed punishment for recruiting irregularities under former coach Tim Floyd.
If Washington advances, it would face the ASU-Stanford winner at 8:30 p.m. Friday.
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The championship game will be played at 3 p.m. Saturday.
All games will be played at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
All games will be shown live on FSN except the championship game, which will air on CBS.
A few quotes from Corvallis:
LORENZO ROMAR, on whether he believes the old cliche about it being difficult to beat the same team three times in a season: "Depends on who the team is. There was a year we beat UCLA three times, there was a year we beat Arizona three times, there was a year Washington State beat us three times. So, I’ve seen it happen on both sides. We’ll see."
ROMAR on whether Quincy Pondexter should be named Pac-10 player of the year on Monday: "It depends on how you vote. … The No. 1 team, does it have to be a guy from that team. If it does, then obviously he doesn’t get it. If you use any other criteria there’s no way he doesn’t get it to me. He could be player of the week again, and that (would be) a record five times. What he’s done for our team this year has been nothing short of phenomenal. I don’t know. You could try real hard to not give it to him if you don’t want. I think he deserves it."
QUINCY PONDEXTER on the postseason ahead: We’ve got to get ready for Thurday. I know it’s going to be a big game. We want to put ourselves in a great position for the selection to really consider us to be an NCAA tournament team.
PONDEXTER on the regular season: The regular season was filled with a lot of ups and downs. But at the end, I think we’ve been playing as good of basketball the last couple of months as anybody. You’ve got to compare our team to some of the best in the country. We’ve come through adversity on the road.
Pondexter on playing OSU: It’s a mental marathon. You can’t get used to them because you’re a couple of turnovers or bad shots away from letting them take advantage of the game. ... We’re looking forward to it. Both teams are going to take a little bit of what happened today and apply it on Thursday.
MATTHEW BRYAN-AMANING on the Beavers: They’re a real good team. They’re kind of like Arizona State as well. They might not have too many superstars, per se, but they’re a real good team.
MBA on facing zone defenses: With our personnel we do well against men. But teams with zones we’re just getting more and more comfortable and confidence in our teammates being able to make the right plays.
MBA on winning in Los Angeles: Now that we’ve got four in a row on the road, it just shows that we can do it.