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February 17, 2010 at 12:50 PM

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Coach Lorenzo Romar conceded Washington will need a lot of help to win a second straight Pac-10 title, however, the Huskies (17-8, 7-6) believe they’re in good shape to advance to the Pac-10 tournament.
“I think we have a great shot,” senior captain Quincy Pondexter said. “I have a lot of faith and belief in this team in getting to the Big Dance. At the end of the season we could have a good amount of wins and a decent resume even though people really don’t respect us like they do the other teams that are in similar situations like us … like Louisville or UConn.
“I think that we’re going to have a chance to be okay. With our schedule remaining and what we can do in the Pac-10 tournament, I feel like we have a great chance of making it.”
Pondexter doesn’t believe the Huskies need to win their remaining five games to win an at-large berth.
“Not necessarily,” he said. “It’s always great to win those last five regular season games and I think we’re capable of doing it. We’ve been playing pretty good basketball of late besides the Cal game (when) we had a little slippage. Other than that we’ve been on a pretty good roll.”
Romar was stumped when asked what’s the magic number to secure a berth.
“I don’t know what it is,” he said. “Last year you knew you had a chance if you did what you’re supposed to do, to win the Pac-10 championship and we’d probably be in the NCAA tournament.
“This year, I don’t know what the magic number is. I just know right now it’s one to win. We’ve got to concentrate on the USC game. And if that turns all right then the next game, we have to concentrate on that. I can’t give you a number.”
Bud Withers believes Washington needs to reach 24 wins to receive an at-large berth to the NCAA tournament. He also thinks Cal still has work to do and Arizona State needs to win 4-5 more games to get in.
— The odds are long on UCLA winning the conference’s regular-season crown, which has many Bruins fans thinking about the Pac-10 tournament. The lower echelon teams in the conference will jockey for position over the final three weeks hoping to avoid the final two spots, which play an extra game. USC is ineligible because of self-imposed sanctions.
— UCLA coach Ben Howland said it’s “unlikely” senior James Keefe will play this weekend.
— It appears the key to stopping UCLA is stopping senior F Nikola Dragovic. The LA Daily News reports: “In nine Bruins wins, Dragovic leads the team with 15 points per game on 50.6 percent shooting. He did not play in two other UCLA victories. In UCLA defeats, however, Dragovic slips to 9.1 points on 29 percent shooting.”
— It’s a long week in Arizona as the Wildcats have plenty of time to prepare for Sunday’s game against Arizona State. They also have time to stew about last Sunday’s loss to Oregon State. Arizona coach Sean Miller said the Cats “caved” against OSU’s methodical offense and 1-3-1 zone defefense.

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