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Husky Men's Basketball

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February 21, 2011 at 6:03 AM

Explaining why it’s important to finish second in the Pac-10

With two weeks remaining in the Pac-10 regular season there’s still a lot to be decided.
After last night’s defeat, UCLA (10-4) fell two games behind conference leader Arizona (12-2). Both teams have four regular-season games remaining.
Washington (10-5) is a 1/2 game behind the Bruins and 2 1/2 games behind the Wildcats.
The Huskies have three conference games left. They would need to win all three and hope Arizona suffers a major collapse to have a chance at tying or winning the Pac-10 title outright.
A more realistic goal is finishing second in the conference, which is important in terms of conference tournament seeding.
The top six teams receive a bye and the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds play the winner of the teams who played on the opening day of the tournament. That’s a quick turnaround for the lower seeds. They have less than 20 hours before they’re back on the court.
Since the Pac-10 adopted the current format in 2006, teams who have played on the opening day are 2-7 in the second round of the conference tournament.
If Washington wins all three of its remaining league games, it will overtake UCLA and finish second in the conference.
Here’s a look at the Pac-10 Tournament bracket if it was starting today.
The top half:
No. 8 Stanford vs. No. 9 Oregon State at 6 p.m. March 9. The winner advances to meet Arizona at 2:30 p.m. March 10.
No. 4 Oregon vs. No. 5 USC at noon March 10.
The bottom half:
No. 7 Washington State vs. No. 10 Arizona State at 8:30 p.m. March 9. The winner advances to meet UCLA at 6 p.m. March 10.
No. 3 Washington vs. No. 6 Cal at 8:30 p.m. March 10.

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