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February 10, 2007 at 11:05 PM

Can the Huskies realistically move above seventh?

That seems a relevant question after a Saturday of basketball that didn’t include UW.
Here are the Pac-10 standings with only UW and Stanford left with a game to play this weekend:
1, UCLA 10-2
2, WSU 10-3
3, USC 8-4
4, Stanford 7-4
5, Oregon 8-5
Arizona 8-5
7, Washington 5-7
8, Cal 4-8
9, Oregon State 2-11
10, Arizona State 0-13
All along, I thought 10-8 would be enough to get the Huskies into sixth place. But I’m not so sure anymore looking at those standings, particularly considering Arizona would have the tiebreaker on the Huskies and the best UW can do against Stanford and USC is split.
UW’s best hope now seems to be for an Oregon fade, which would have to include a UW win over the Ducks. That would give Washington the tiebreaker on Oregon as well as simply handing the Ducks another loss..
But Oregon will probably be favored to win at least three of its remaining five games — the Ducks travel to Cal and Stanford next weekend, then close with home games against WSU, UW and Oregon State.
Also, consider now that of UW’s six conference games left, five are against the five (or five of the six) top teams in the conference.
That has all the makings of UW finishing right where it is now — in seventh — and having a third matchup this year with Arizona State in the first round of the Pac-10 Tournament.
For reasons of the odds, if nothing else, the Huskies might want to hope that ASU wins one between now and then. The Sun Devils keep hanging tough, but also keep losing, and their schedule now turns rugged.
ASU has five chances left to avoid becoming the first 0-18 team in Pac-10 history — home games with UCLA, USC and Arizona the next two weekends and then a road trip to the Bay Area to play Stanford and Cal.

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