The Pac-10 Conference Tournament starts tonight, and many people will be watching one of the best conferences in action. There is a lot on the line in this tournament, especially for Arizona, Arizona State, and Oregon. All three are in good position on the bubble, but all three need wins in order to advance to the NCAA Tournament. Out of the three, Arizona by far has the most impressive resume, but they have the worst record in their last 10 games of the bunch. Meanwhile, the top 4 seeds: UCLA, Stanford, Washington State, and Southern California, are already locks (in my mind), and are just playing for seeding and to play spoiler. All games will be played at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and all games will be televised on FSN until the championship, which will be on CBS. All times are in Eastern time.
Wednesday, March 12- First round
(8) Washington vs. (9) California (9 P.M.)
(7) Arizona vs. (10) Oregon State (11:30 P.M.)
Thursday, March 13- Quarterfinals
(4) Southern California vs. (5) Arizona State (3 P.M.)
(1) UCLA vs. (8) Washington/(9) California (5:30 P.M.)
(3) Washington State vs. (6) Oregon (9 P.M.)
(2) Stanford vs. (7) Arizona/(10) Oregon State (11:30 P.M.)
Friday, March 14- Semifinals
(1) UCLA vs. (8) Washington/(9) California winner vs. (4) Southern California vs. (5) Arizona State winner (9 P.M.)
(2) Stanford vs. (7) Arizona/(10) Oregon State winner vs. (3) Washington State vs. (6) Oregon winner (11:30 P.M.)
Saturday, March 15- Championship
Semifinal 1 winner vs. Semifinal 2 winner (6:15 P.M.)
(7) Arizona vs. (10) Oregon State: Arizona should win easily against Oregon State.
(8) Washington vs. (9) California: Cal should beat Washington because Jon Brockman is not playing.
(4) Southern California vs. (5) Arizona State: USC has home court advantage, and I think their momentum will help them win.
(1) UCLA vs. (9) Cal: Cal beat UCLA in last year's tournament, and pushed UCLA to the limit last weekend, but I think UCLA will win.
(3) Washington State vs. (6) Oregon: Oregon will find their shooting touch early and ride that into the semifinals.
(2) Stanford vs. (7) Arizona: Stanford overcomes their poor guard play by dominating inside.
(1) UCLA vs. (4) Southern California: The two teams split during the regular season, but UCLA will win this game.
(2) Stanford vs. (6) Oregon: Stanford's guard play fails them in this game. Oregon will once again shoot very well from behind the arc.
(1) UCLA vs. (6) Oregon: UCLA finds a way to shut down Oregon by using their great defense and smart decisions.