Stanford upset Arizona State, UW came from behind to survive Oregon State, and now the Huskies and Cardinal will meet around 8:40 tonight (FSN) for the right to go into tomorrow's Pac-10 tournament championship game. The winner will meet the winner of today's Cal-UCLA match (6 p.m., FSN) at 3 p.m. Saturday for the tournament title and a guaranteed spot in the NCAA tournament.
The Huskies go into tonight's game as winners of five straight, and 10 of their last 12. That's good enough to get them back into the NCAA conversation as an at-large projection ... but probably not soundly enough to survive a loss tonight.
During the regular season, Washington defeated the Cardinal 94-61 in Seattle and 78-61 at Stanford.
Here's what some Huskies were saying last night about tonight's game:
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Coach Lorenzo Romar: "We have had the benefit of playing every team twice. There aren't a whole lot of straight surprises. The beauty of tournament play is that we have time to get together, get rested, and get ready to play (the next day). We have to be ready to play any team, because one loss and we're out."
Isaiah Thomas "We have to take them one game at a time. Now it’s on to Stanford, and we’re ready for them. ... (Jeremy) Green and (Landry) Fields are two good players. We know they’re going to come at us. We need to stop them."
Matthew Bryan-Amaning: "Stanford, I just think everyone underrated them against ASU and kind of counted them out. They came out here ready to play. It shows how anybody can beat anybody in the Pac-10. We just have to contend with Fields and do a good job with their role players."
Quincy Pondexter: "It will be a real battle. We know they have some tremendous players on their team. We know we’ve beaten them before, and they know that too, and they’re going to want to beat us on a pretty big stage."