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March 2, 2007 at 1:16 PM

USC or WSU in second round?

Tomorrow’s game against UCLA is now just window dressing for both teams, with seeds for the Pac-10 tournament decided for both.
The intrigue for the Huskies is on the other side of the state.
UW clinched a No. 7 seed last night and will play Arizona State in the first round Wednesday night in Los Angeles.
Should UW win that game, it would then play the No. 2 seed on Thursday. And that will be either USC or WSU depending on which team wins tomorrow in Pullman.
WSU is a game ahead of USC but USC would hold the tiebreaker if it beats the Cougars. Essentially, the two teams would have split against each other, and USC has a win against a higher-seeded team in the conference than WSU, having beaten Oregon twice while the Cougars were swept by the Ducks.
So for the Huskies, the question is which team would be a better fit in the second round.
I actually think it’s hard to tell than it might appear on paper.
UW obviously matches up pretty well with USC given the way the two have played this year — the Huskies could have won in Los Angeles and pretty much dominated last night.
WSU, meanwhile, has won four in a row against the Huskies, suggesting that’s the last team UW would want to face.
But USC would have a little of a homecourt advantage at the Staples Center (I think it’s overstated as that place is so cavernous it never really feels like anyone has much of an edge, but certainly the Trojans would have a lot more fans there) while the Huskies might be due to finally beat the Cougars.
Certainly, UW would feel a lot better about playing the Cougs now after the tight loss two weeks ago than it would have earlier in the season.
Course, a loss to ASU will make it all moot, but fun to speculate about for now.

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