When: Mar. 11-14
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles
Outlook: Many storylines emerged in the Pac-10 this season: The Washington Huskies won their first outright conference title since 1953, Mike Montgomery coached California back to the national spotlight, and Oregon State won seven conference games after going 0-16 a year ago.
In a wide-open field, the action at the Staples Center should be fun to watch.
Arizona. The Wildcats have one of the most interesting tourney profiles of the bubble teams. 'Zona has five Top 50 RPI wins, but is only 2-9 in road games.
The Wildcats have a big opportunity to impress the committee with a win over in-state rival Arizona State on Thursday.
Washington State. There might be something in the water in Spokane, because the Cougars have become the hottest team in the Pac-10.
If Wazzu can get by lowly Oregon in the first round, and Taylor Rochestie can find his stroke against the Bruins again, then this team could surprise a lot of people.
Southern California. The Trojans have the athleticism to score against California, and if the Golden Bears come out cold from long range, Cal could fall into trouble early.
That’s the risk Mike Montgomery’s team takes, when you decide to live or die by the three-point stripe.
UCLA. Look for the Bruins to get revenge on the Washington schools and claim the automatic bid.
The combo of senior Darren Collison and freshman Jrue Holiday should be the difference, with UCLA playing in Los Angeles.