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March 7, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Morning links: Previewing Pac-12 tourney

Here’s a collection of links to preview today’s first-round of the Pac-12 Tournament.
— No. 8 Washington State vs. No. 9 Oregon State, 12:10 p.m. (FSN): The Cougars swept the regular-season series the secret to their success is deciphering the Beavers’ quirky 1-3-1 zone. OSU coach Craig Robinson told the Register-Guard: “I hope it’s hard to beat a team three times, because if that’s the case that gives us a little bit of an advantage. I also think that having beaten a team twice, you sort of have their number. So that’s the way we are looking at it. We are looking at it that they (the Cougars) have our number and we have to change that number.”
— No. 5 UCLA vs. No. 12 USC, 2:40 p.m. (FSN): Chris Foster at the LA Times writes: “The question remains whether the Bruins have the depth — or, in center Joshua Smith’s case, the stamina — for a four-night engagement.” Michael Lev at the Orange County Register writes: “USC coach Kevin O’Neill is a realist. He knows that winning four games in four days with six scholarship players who won only six games all season is an equation that just doesn’t add up.” If there’s any team playing today that can win it all, it’s UCLA because the Bruins have momentum.
— No. 7 Stanford vs. No. 10 Arizona State, 6 p.m. (FSN): The Cardinal has a deep bench and has the depth to win four games in four days. ASU center Jordan Bachynski told the Arizona Republic: “We’re looking toward the Pac-12 Tournament as an opportunity to make it to the NCAA Tournament. As crazy as that sounds, it’s been done before, so it’s definitely not out of the question.”
— No. 6 Colorado vs. No. 11 Utah, 8:40 p.m. (FSN): The Buffaloes are hoping to pull out of 1-3 tailspin wit a win today. It’s Interesting to note travel partners and Pac-12 newbies Utah and Colorado shared notes and swapped strategies during the season as they played the former Pac-10 teams.
AROUND THE PAC-12:
Bud Withers talked to WCC commissioner Jamie Zaninovich, who is one of 10 persons on the Division I basketball committee. The committee does not include anyone from the Pac-12.
— Here’s a look at the Nitty Gritty sheet the selection committee uses when picking the 68-team tournament. Washington is 0-6 against RPI top-50 teams.
— Arizona coach Sean Miller is disappointed at the Wildcats’ fourth-place finish in the regular season, but said they can still have a successful season with a deep run in the postseason.

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