Pac-10 Basketball Tournament: Game-by-Game Schedule and Predictions

Brett AppleyCorrespondent IMarch 8, 2011

Pac-10 Basketball Tournament: Game-by-Game Schedule and Predictions

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    LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 27:  Lamont Jones #12 of the Arizona Wildcats drives against the Kansas Jayhawks during the championship game of the Las Vegas Invitational at The Orleans Arena November 27, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Kansas won 87-79.  (Photo by Etha
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    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

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 11:  Guard Mitch Johnson #1 of the Stanford Cardinal drives on Josh Tarver #5 of the Oregon State Beavers during the Pacific Life Pac-10 Men's Basketball Tournament at the Staples Center on March 11, 2009 in Los Angeles, California
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    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

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    EUGENE, OR - JANUARY 13:  E.J. Singler #24 of the Oregon Ducks passes the ball against the USC Trojans during the grand opening of the Matthew Knight Arena on January 13, 2011 at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Ima
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    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

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 31:  Jordan Wilkes #33 of the Cal Golden Bears shoots over Taj Gibson #22 of the USC Trojans during the second half at the Galen Center on January 31, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. USC defeated Cal 73-62.  (Photo by Jeff Gross
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    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

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    LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 27:  Markieff Morris #21 of the Kansas Jayhawks fouls Derrick Williams #23 of the Arizona Wildcats during the championship game of the Las Vegas Invitational at The Orleans Arena November 27, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Kansas won 87-7
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    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

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 10:  Reggie Moore #3 of the Washington State Cougars is defended by Malcolm Armstead #11 of the Oregon Ducks in the first half during the first round of the Pac-10 Basketball Tournament at Staples Center on March 10, 2010 in Los An
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    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

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    LAWRENCE, KS - DECEMBER 02:  Reeves Nelson #22 of the UCLA Bruins in action during the game against the Kansas Jayhawks on December 2, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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    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

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 14:  (C) Forward Taj Gibson #22 of the USC Trojans and Jeff Pendergraph #4 of the Arizona State Sun Devils look to rebound the ball in the Pacific Life Pac-10 Men's Basketball Tournament Championship Game at the Staples Center on M
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    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

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    WESTWOOD, CA - JANUARY 16: Michael Roll #20 of the UCLA Bruins shoots over Leonard Washington #4 of the USC Trojans on January 16, 2010 at Pauley Pavillion in Westwood, California.   USC won 67-46.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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    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

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 11:  (L-R) Michael Roll #20 of the UCLA Bruins, Lamont Jones #12 of the Arizona Wildcats, Tyler Honeycutt #23 of the Bruins and Reeves Nelson #11 of the Bruins fight for a rebound during the Quarterfinals of the Pac-10 Basketball T
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    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