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February 15, 2007 at 9:54 PM

Closer to eighth than sixth

Watching the action tonight had to make UW fans feel that much worse about what happened against the Cougars.
Look at the conference standings after tonight’s’ games, including Oregon’s upset loss to Cal and Arizona’s defeat at home at the hands of USC:
1, UCLA 11-2
2, WSU 11-3
3, USC 9-4
4, Stanford 8-5
5, Oregon 8-6
Arizona 8-6
7, Washington 6-8
8, Cal 5-8
9, Oregon State 2-12
10, Arizona State 0-14
Had the Huskies been able to beat the Cougars, they might have been able to make a serious run at passing Oregon since the Ducks are the one team that UW could earn the tiebreaker on.
Instead, UW’s loss to WSU gave the Ducks a little wiggle room despite their sudden skid — Oregon has now lost five of its past seven games starting with the defeat at Washington.
But with a 20-6 record and an RPI of 25, the Ducks are safe as long as they can get two more wins and even one may be enough, particularly if they finish in the top five in the conference.
Arizona, on the other hand, is making things a little uncomfortable for itself. The Wildcats are just 17-8 and have lost seven of their last 12 games, which seems more than just a little bad spell but a sign of some serious issues. That Arizona is struggling so much makes it even that much harder to fathom the way the Wildcats blew out the Huskies in Tucson a couple of weeks ago.
Arizona’s high RPI (No. 7 entering the week) gives the Wildcats some wiggle room as well. But Arizona’s schedule the rest of the way isn’t easy — home to UCLA Saturday then on the road to Arizona State (due to beat somebody at some point) and Cal and Stanford.
All of which points out just how in it the Huskies could have been.
Instead, UW now has to worry about staving off Cal for seventh place.
And if you’ve noticed, if the season ended today, UW would play Arizona State in the first round of the Pac-10 Tournament. If the Huskies won that game, they would then get a third shot at beating Washington State this season in the second round.

Comments | Topics: top 25, UCLA

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