Huskies Insider Blog

Pac-10 tournament under way in LA

Here's our preview from this morning's paper.

And here's a quick overview:

PACIFIC-10 TOURNAMENTWHEN: Today through SaturdayWHERE: Los Angeles (Staples Center)TV FOR FINAL: Saturday, 3 p.m., CBSREGULAR-SEASON CHAMP: ArizonaFORMAT: All 10 teams qualify. The top six seeds get byes into the second round, and the No. 7 seed plays the No. 10 and the No. 8 plays the No. 9 in the first round.PROJECTED NCAA BIDS: 2-4TODAY’S SCHEDULE: 6 p.m. No. 8 Stanford vs. No. 9 Oregon State; 8:30 p.m. No. 7 Oregon vs. No. 10 Arizona State; both FSN.THE BUZZ: This should be one of the more interesting league tournaments. Arizona won the regular-season title by a game over UCLA, and those teams look like NCAA locks and are playing for seeding. That’s where it gets interesting, as, in order of the likelihood of an NCAA bid, Washington, fourth-seeded USC and sixth-seeded Washington State have at-large hopes. Washington is seeded third and swept UCLA and split with Arizona, with the loss coming by one in Tucson. But the Huskies also split with USC and were swept by archrival Washington State. Washington’s first opponent in this tourney? It’s Washington State in the 8:30 p.m. Thursday quarterfinal. The Cougars were swept by Arizona and UCLA and split with USC. The Trojans have lost 13 games, but they own resume-boosting wins over Tennessee and Texas and split with Arizona and UCLA, as well as Washington and Washington State. The win over Arizona came by eight at home on Feb. 24. If USC gets past California in a quarterfinal (those teams split, as well, the Trojans likely would get Arizona in a semifinal. If Washington gets past WSU, the Huskies probably get an at-large bid. USC and Washington State likely need to get to the tourney final to truly feel good about their at-large chances.– News Tribune news services