Pac-10 Basketball Tournament: Game-by-Game Schedule and Predictions
March Madness is only days away, and it's time for every conference to battle it out in its postseason tournament to find out who will be safe and who will be sweating on Selection Sunday.
The Pac-10 hasn't gotten the attention that it has in years past, with Arizona (No. 16) being the only team ranked in the Top 25.
Still, two or three more at-large bids are at stake, and the Pac-10 tournament will be the deciding factor to see who goes dancing.
Round 1: No. 8 Stanford vs. No. 9 Oregon State
Both Stanford and Oregon State have very little hope of winning the Pac-10 tournament.
Neither team won more than seven games this season during conference play, and both teams won on their home court when they played each other in the regular season.
This game should be close, but Oregon State doesn't play very well on the road, and although it will be played on a neutral site, Stanford should still be able to grab the victory.
Winner: Stanford 70-65
Round 1: No. 7 Oregon vs. No. 10 Arizona State
The final two teams that won't receive a bye in the Pac-10 tournament are Oregon and Arizona State.
Once again, neither team won more than seven games in conference play and will most likely see their season end very quickly.
Oregon at least showed some promise throughout the season, whereas Arizona State never really showed much of anything. Surprisingly, Oregon lost its two previous matchups against Arizona State this season and ended the year on a four-game losing streak.
However bad those numbers are, Oregon won't lose three times in a row to the worst team in the Pac-10.
Winner: Oregon 60-57
Pac-10 Quarterfinals: No. 4 USC vs. No. 5 California
The first quarterfinal match will feature two teams who played each other extremely close in their two regular season matchups.
Cal took the first game in Los Angeles by a score of 68-66. The second game was won by USC 78-75.
This third and final competition is basically a home contest for USC, and after beating Cal in Berkeley only two weeks ago, USC should play well enough again to advance.
Winner: USC 70-65
Pac-10 Quarterfinals: No. 1 Arizona vs. No. 8 Stanford
Arizona won the Pac-10 regular season by finishing undefeated at home.
Their quarterfinal match against Stanford shouldn't really be too much of a problem, as they won easily in both previous contests this season.
The Wildcats should coast to victory and advance to the semifinals.
Winner: Arizona 80-65
Pac-10 Quarterfinals: No. 3 Washington vs. No. 6 Washington State
Washington is a team that many thought would be the highest-ranked Pac-10 squad coming into the season.
Their quarterfinal game will feature in-state rival Washington State, whom they lost to both times in the regular season. Although Washington played inconsistently during the home stretch of conference play, they won't lose to the Cougars three times in a row.
Winner: Washington 82-78
Pac-10 Quarterfinals: No. 2 UCLA vs. No. 7 Oregon
UCLA started off the season poorly but played tremendously during conference play.
The Bruins took care of Oregon in both matchups and shouldn't have a problem against them at home in the tournament.
If Reeves Nelson can put up some decent numbers, UCLA should advance with ease.
Winner: UCLA 65-55
Pac-10 Semifinals: No. 1 Arizona vs. No. 4 USC
Arizona will have a tough time securing its automatic bid when it has to play USC in front of the rowdy Trojan home crowd.
Still, Arizona is just a better team overall, and that should outweigh the disadvantage it has playing in Los Angeles. If all goes well, the Wildcats should advance to the conference finals.
Winner: Arizona 70-61
Pac-10 Semifinals: No. 2 UCLA vs. No. 3 Washington
Isaiah Thomas has played better each and every year he's attended Washington.
He is the veteran leader of the Huskies and will showcase his abilities against UCLA in the semifinals. Unfortunately, Thomas will be the only Washington player to show up.
The Bruins will win this game mainly because of the home court advantage they will get playing in Los Angeles.
Winner: UCLA 68-65
Pac-10 Finals: No. 1 Arizona vs. No. 2 UCLA
It was less than two weeks ago that UCLA blew out Arizona in Los Angeles by 22 points.
The rematch will be a lot closer, and Arizona will be looking for revenge, as well as looking to prove why it got the top seed in the tournament.
The fact is UCLA is just a hot team right now, and playing at home will do nothing but make the Bruins play better.
Arizona will still get an at-large bid, but the automatic bid will be taken by UCLA.
Winner: UCLA 74-69
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