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December 16, 2009 at 5:04 AM

Joe Lunardi projects two Pac-10 teams in NCAA tourney

Love him or hate him, Joe Lunardi weighs in with his second NCAA tournament bracket for the season.
ESPN.com’s bracket guru projects just two Pac-10 teams in the tournament.
If he’s correct, it would be the first time since 1988 the conference has had just two teams in the tourney. In each of the past three years, the Pac-10 has sent six teams.
Lunardi has Washington as the No. 5 seed in the Midwest Region playing No. 12 seed Nevada in Spokane, Wash.
He also has California as the No. 9 seed in the South playing No. 8 seed Mississippi State in Houston.
In his preseason bracket, Lunardi had Washington as the No. 3 seed in the West Region in Spokane, California as the fourth seed in the East region and UCLA is a sixth seed in the South Region.
IN OTHER PAC-10 NEWS:
Shawn Siegel at Collegehoops.net also believes the conference will receive just two tournament bids.
Bud Withers asks the question: What’s wrong with the Pac-10?
Don Ruiz at the News Tribune offers a story on Quincy Pondexter and Isaiah Thomas scoring most of the points for the Huskies.
UCLA broke it’s five-game losing streak in a big way, downing New Mexico State 100-68. It’s only the second time a Ben Howland-led Bruins team has scored 100 points. Still the victory didn’t come at a cost. Starting center James Keefe seemingly injured his left shoulder, the same shoulder that required surgery for a torn labrum two years ago.
— It’s a little old, but Pondexer is No. 2 behind Duke’s Kyle Singler on Rivals.com power rankings for small forwards in the nation. Thomas is rated 16th among point guards and Lorenzo Romar is 18th among coaches.
A RECRUITING NOTE:
— UW recruit Gary Bell, the 6-2 junior guard at Kentridge High, scored 55 points last night.

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