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Pac-10 capsules

Here are the capsules previewing the Pac-10 Tournament that will show up in the Wednesday paper, along with a preview of the Washington State-Oregon game, and a Q&A on the overall tournament:

No. 1 UCLA BRUINS

Record: 24-6 overall, 14-4 Pac-10

First game: 2:50 p.m. Thursday

Vs. opening opponent: Swept Oregon State and Arizona State.

Statistical leaders: Aaron Afflalo, 17.1 ppg; Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, 8.4 rpg; Jordan Farmar, 5.4 apg.

Honors: Ben Howland was selected Pac-10 coach of the year, Mbah a Moute was named freshman of the year, Farmar and Afflalo were named to the all-conference team, Darrin Collison freshman honorable mention.

Post-season chances: Sure bet for the NCAA Tournament.

Note: The Bruins are the first seed in the tournament for the first time since 1987, when they defeated Washington in the championship game.

No. 2 WASHINGTON HUSKIES

Record: 24-5, 13-5

First game: 8:50 p.m. Thursday.

Vs. opening opponent: Swept Oregon, swept by Washington State.

Statistical leaders: Brandon Roy, 19.6 ppg and 4.1 apg; Jon Brockman, 6.9 apg.

Honors: Roy second Husky to be named Pac-10 player of the year, Brockman and Justin Dentmon all-freshman team, Bobby Jones and Jamaal Williams all-league honorable mention, Ryan Appleby newcomer of the year.

Post-season chances: Sure bet for the big dance; strong showing could get high seed and opening date in the West.

Note: Huskies have won three of its last four tournaments: Great Alaska Shootout, 2005 Pac-10 Tournament and BCA Classic. They were eliminated from 2005 NCAA tournament in round of 16.

No. 3 CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS

Record: 19-9, 12-6

First game: 6:20 p.m. Thursday.

Vs. opening opponent: Swept Southern California, 62-58 (r), 71-60 (h).

Statistical leaders: Leon Powe, 20 ppg and 9.9 rpg; Ayinde Ubaka, 3.8 apg.

Honors: Powe and Ubaka all-conference, DeVon Hardin honorable mention, and Theo Robertson freshman honorable mention.

Post-season chances: The last 50 teams to win 12 Pac-10 games have gotten NCAA invitation.

Note: The Bears are seeded third for the third time in five years.

No. 4 ARIZONA WILDCATS

Record: 18-11, 11-7

First game: 12:20 p.m. Thursday.

Vs. opening opponent: Swept Stanford, 90-81 (h), 76-72 (r).

Statistical leaders: Hassan Adams, 17.3 ppg; Ivan Radenovic, 6.3 rpg; Mustafa Shakur, 4.5 apg.

Honors: Adams all-conference, Radenovic honorable mention, Marcus Williams all-freshman.

Post-season chances: Coach Lute Olson says the Cats have played their way in with a tough schedule. Most bracketologists agree, but another win wouldn't hurt.

Note: Adams has been suspended from the team after his arrest on suspicion of drunken driving over the weekend in Tucson. Arizona's top remaining scorer is freshman guard Marcus Williams of Seattle, who averaged 12.4 ppg.

No. 5 STANFORD CARDINAL

Record: 15-12, 11-7

First game: 12:20 p.m. Thursday.

Vs. opening opponent: Swept by Arizona, 81-90 (r), 72-76 (h).

Statistical leaders: Matt Haryasz, 16.6 ppg and 8.9 rpg; Mitch Johnson, 3.4 apg.

Honors: Haryasz and Chris Hernandez all-league, Johnson freshman honorable mention.

Post-season changes: Unless they win this tournament, it looks like the Cardinal's 11-year NCAA tournament run will end. Coach Trent Johnson wouldn't address rumors that Stanford would decline an NIT invitation.

Note: Regular-season underachievers, any team with Haryasz, Hernandez, Johnson and Dan Grunfeld remains dangerous.

No. 6 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TROJANS

Record: 17-12, 8-10

First game: 6:20 p.m. Thursday.

Vs. opening opponent: Swept by Cal, 58-62 (h), 60-71 (r).

Statistical leaders: Nick Young, 17.2 ppg and 6.7 rpg; Ryan Francis, 3.7 apg.

Honors: Gabe Pruitt and Nick Young all-conference, Francis freshman honorable mention.

Post-season chances: Looks like they're NIT-bound.

Note: Last week, the Trojans returned to full health for the first time since their Dec. 21 win over North Carolina. The return of Pruitt and freshman forward RouSean Cromwell makes them a dangerous No. 6 seed.

No. 7 OREGON DUCKS

Record: 13-17, 7-11

First game: 8:42 p.m. today.

Vs. opening opponent: Swept Washington State, 52-50 (r), 67-37 (h).

Statistical leaders: Malik Hairston, 14.4 ppg; Maarty Leunen, 6.3 rpg; Aaron Brooks, 4.4 apg.

Honors: Hairston all-league honorable mention.

Post-season chances: None, unless they win this tournament.

Note: The Ducks haven't won four straight games since they opened the season with wins over Savannah State, Bowie State, Pacific and Rice.

No. 8 ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS

Record: 11-16, 5-13

First game: 6:12 p.m. today.

Vs. opening opponent: Swept OSU, 65-63 (r), 76-59 (h).

Statistical leaders: Kevin Kruger, 14.7 ppg; Jeff Pendergraph, 6.2 rpg; Antwi Atuahene, 3.9 apg.

Honors: Kevin Kruger all-league honorable mention, Jeff Pendergraph all-freshman team.

Post-season chances: None, unless they win this tournament.

Note: Barring a tournament miracle, these are probably coach Rob Evans' final games at ASU.

No. 9 OREGON STATE BEAVERS

Record: 12-17, 5-13

First game: 6:12 p.m. today.

Vs. opening opponent: Swept by Arizona State, 63-65 (h), 59-76 (r).

Statistical leaders: Sasa Cuic, 13.9 ppg; Marcel Jones, 6.7 rpg; Jason Fontenet, 2.8 apg.

Honors: None.

Post-season chances: None, unless they win this tournament.

Note: Injuries to Lamar Hurd and Nick DeWitz hampered the regular season and now make tournament chances a long shot.

No. 10 WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS

Record: 11-16, 5-13

First game: 8:42 p.m. today.

Vs. opening opponent: Swept by Oregon, 50-52 (h), 37-67 (r).

Statistical leaders: Josh Akognon, 10.4 ppg; Robbie Cowgill, 5 rpg; Kyle Weaver, 4 apg.

Honors: None.

Post-season chances: None, unless they win this tournament.

Note: A WSU loss will also mark the end of Dick Bennett's coaching career.

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