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March 23, 2007 at 8:26 AM

Proving time for Pac-10, other notes

Tonight’s the night the Pac-10 can truly establish itself as the best conference in the country this season.
Its regular-season record was solid enough to make that case (a 93-26 nonconference record and a No. 3 standing in the RPI and the Sagarin) but the postseason has been even better.
After last night, the Pac-10 is 8-3, the most wins of any conference, and the second-best winning percentage (.727) after only Conference USA (which is 3-0, all by Memphis).
The SEC (7-3) and the Big 12 (6-3) are running close behind, and could overtake the Pac-10, though all the Big 12 has left now is Kansas.
But the Pac-10 can all but sew up that crown if it can get at least one win tonight when USC plays North Carolina and Oregon takes on UNLV in Sweet 16 games.
With one team already in the Elite Eight, the Pac-10 has a chance to get multiple teams in the round of eight for just the fourth time. The last time it happened was 2001 when Arizona, Stanford and UCLA all made it to the Elite Eight. Only Arizona won from there, eventually losing to Duke in the national title.
That season has long been regarded as the high-water mark for the Pac-10 before this year.
On a few other matters:
—- I wouldn’t worry about Lorenzo Romar and Kentucky, as one reader suggested. I don’t think Romar’s interested in going anywhere, and I don’t think that’s where Kentucky would be looking. Here’s a story this morning reporting that Kentucky wants Billy Donovan and judging by his comments, sounds like Donovan might be interested, as well. Donovan was an assistant at Kentucky from 1989-94 under Rick Pitino, so it’s a situation he already knows well.
—- From everyone I have talked to, Isaiah Thomas is planning on staying at South Kent School for two years. He didn’t get there until late November and from what I understand, it’s not a program he can whip through that quickly.
“He needs to (stay two years),” South Kent coach Raphael Chillious told me earlier this year. “We’re not one of those pop-up-by-night prep schools that can get it done in one year.”
—- As for the Greece trip, final details are still being sorted out so the answers to many of the questions asked about that on here I don’t have yet. In general, teams get 10 days of practice ahead of time, and then the trips last about 10 days with 5-6 games played, etc. Incoming freshmen can’t play, and generally, only those on the roster with remaining eligibility play, so Hans Gasser and Brandon Burmeister aren’t expected to make the trip.

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