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March 13, 2008 at 11:06 AM

The day after

One of the fun things about the Pac-10 tournament is that it is also something of a convention for the conference, the one time people who work in anything connected to the Pac-10 get together.
Meaning, stayed up a little too late last night, so the day after report is a little more delayed than usual.
Here’s my game story which hopefully adds some more detail to the events at the end of the game.
Columnist Bud Withers took a look ahead to next year for the Huskies, which as he says, looms large for the Lorenzo Romar regime.
Our UW notebook includes an item on Jon Brockman saying he will attend the NBA Pre-Draft camp this summer if invited.
In a quote on that topic that didn’t make it into the paper, Brockman said that “I don’t think it would be a bad idea. I still have plans and expect to come back. But at the same time, they allow you to do that one year (go to the camp and come back if desired) so I don’t think there would be any hurt in doing that.”
But Brockman apparently hasn’t gotten an invitation yet.
The Cal coverage tended to focus on the Bears getting a rematch with UCLA today, and how the prospect of that helped inspire them all week. Here’s another version of that from the San Jose Mercury News which also has some insight from the Cal side on the last-minute shot by Ryan Anderson. Other than the offensive rebounds, which we touched on last night, the theme afterward seemed to be that Cal simply made a few more plays than the Huskies, ala the Anderson shot or the Patrick Christopher steal and dunk that keyed the 16-0 run.
Some quick thoughts and picks on the games today.
ARIZONA STATE VS. USC — Great matchup of O.J. Mayo and James Harden. By the way, word down here seems to be that Harden is returning (one ASU-affiliated person told me it’s “99 percent” he’ll be back). If so, the Sun Devils could be one of the favorites in the conference next season. As for this game, I like USC due to what will amount to something of a home-court advantage and wanting to show better than the game in Tempe a few weeks ago. USC 69, ASU 61.
UCLA VS. CAL — As noted above, Bears highly motivated to get another shot at the Bruins. But this is also a tough turnaround, tipping off about 18 hours after finishing the win against the Huskies. Cal did it last year, upsetting UCLA in this round after beating Oregon State the night before. But hard to see them doing it again. And you figure UCLA’s pretty tired of hearing about how they won only because of the officiating. UCLA 71, CAL 59.
WSU VS. OREGON — Ducks may need this one to get into the NCAAs while the Cougars are playing for seeding. Ducks have always seemed to save their best for the Staples Center, winning this tournament twice under Ernie Kent. But their days of having WSU’s number are over. WSU 69, OREGON 63.
ARIZONA VS. STANFORD — Arizona can all but clinch a bid with a win, but Cardinal also needs a win to improve its seeding after the two losses last week. Figure Stanford to wear down the Wildcats late. STANFORD 72, ARIZONA 69.

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