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Husky Men's Basketball

The latest news and analysis on Husky men's hoops.

March 17, 2007 at 12:07 PM

Rating the Pac

So last night in Sacramento, as we were having dinner and watching the USC-Arkansas game, a few of us discussed just how much conferences should be judged base on NCAA Tournament results.
The Pac-10 is 4-2 after the first round, for instance. Does that validate the Pac-10 yet? All four that won were higher seeds, so it could be argued that the conference hasn’t really done anything yet.
On the other hand, higher seeds are rewards for regular season prowess.
This weekend figures to truly tell the tale of the Pac, led off with the two games here involving WSU and UCLA.
Back to the original question, however, there is little doubt that the years the Pac-10 has done well in the tournament are the years the conference was perceived to be good in the regular season.
Consider these Pac-10 records in the NCAA Tournament of late:
06 — 8-4.(UCLA to national title game)
05 — 5-4
04 — 1-3
03 — 6-5
02 — 9-6 (only other time Pac-10 had six teams in tournament)
01 — 13-5 (Arizona to national title game)
00 — 4-4
99 — 1-4
98 — 11-4 (four teams to Sweet 16)
97 — 13-4 (Arizona won national title)
The 04 season, the year the Huskies made their run from 0-5 to 12-6 while Stanford went 17-1, is generally regarded as one of the worst years for the conference, and the tournament record shows it. The 97-98 period has always been regarded as one of the best for the conference,. as well as the 01-02 period, and the tournament records indicate that as well.
By the end of this weekend, the tale of the Pac-10 this year should be told.

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