Welcome from Staples Center in LA. The Cougars and Ducks have opened the tournament (FSN) before an understandably small crowd. Everyone else gets into the action with four quarterfinals on Thursday, capped by UW-Oregon State at 8:40.
Here's a look forward to that one:
No. 6 OREGON STATE (14-16 OVERALL, 7-9 PAC-10)vs. No. 3 WASHINGTON (21-9m 11-7)8:40 p.m. Thursday, Staples Center, Los Angeles.TV: FSN. Radio: 950-AM.
Series: UW leads, 150-135. The Huskies have won the last six meetings including this season’s 76-70 win Dec. 31 in Seattle and the 82-70 win Saturday in Corvallis, Ore.
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Statistical leaders: For OSU – G Calvin Haynes, 12.7 ppg; G/F Seth Tarver, 4.7 rpg and 2.5 apg. For UW – F Quincy Pondexter, 20.2 ppg and 7.8 rpg; G Venoy Overton, 3.2 apg. Scouting report: Washington has won nine of its last 11 regular-season games, while Oregon State lost three of its last five. … UW led the Pac-10 in scoring (76.4), while OSU was last (58.7). UW also led in offensive rebounds, while the Beavers were last in defensive rebounds. The Huskies also were at the top in rebounding margin and turnover margin. … This game features seven players honored by the Pac-10 this week. For OSU, Haynes was named to the all-league second team and Roeland Schaftenaar and Tarver received honorable mention. Tarver also was named defensive player of the year. For UW, Pondexter and guard Isaiah Thomas were named to the all-league first team, while Overton and Justin Holiday were named to the all-defensive team.
Next: The winner advances to meet the winner of today’s game between No. 7 Stanford and No. 2 Arizona State at 8:30 p.m. Friday. The loser is eliminated.
Other quarterfinals: Noon -- No. 4 Arizona (16-14, 10-8) vs. No. 5 UCLA (13-17, 8-10); 2:30 p.m. – Oregon-WSU winner vs. No. 1 California (21-9, 13-5); 6 p.m. – No. 2 Arizona State (22-9, 12-6) vs. No. 7 Stanford (13-17, 7-11).