Pac-10 Conference Tournament: The Pac-10 is Not as Down as You May Think
It’s championship week and in Pac-10 country the automatic bid is up for grabs. With no real dominant team in the conference it could be a very interesting tournament.
In the two play-in games we saw seven-seed Oregon beat 10-seed Arizona State and nine-seed Oregon State beat eight-seed Stanford.
The favorites for the tournament have to be traditional powers Arizona and UCLA but in a single elimination tournament really anything could happen.
I understand people thing the Pac-10 is down right now, but to be honest the people that think that just haven’t watched any Pac-10 basketball this year.
Arizona has just six losses this year and half of those have come to teams ranked in the top-25. The other three came to conference opponents including the likes of UCLA.
Speaking of the Bruins, they did have a tough four-game losing streak to Villanova, VCU, Kansas and lowly Montana but they also handed BYU their first loss of the season, beat former UCLA head coach Steve Lavin and his resurgent St. John’s team, and rolled over a tenth-ranked Arizona squad.
The conference may not have some of the greats like Kevin Love, O.J. Mayo, Jerryd Bayless, or Russell Westbrook but there are a number of quality players that will end up being high draft picks. Names like Tyler Honeycutt, Derrick Williams and Klay Thompson can all expect to hear their names called in the first round of the NBA draft come June.
While the Pac-10 might not get the publicity of the Big East or the ACC this is the conference of John Wooden, Lute Olsen, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Walton, Sean Elliott, Jason Terry, Brandon Roy, and countless other college basketball legends.
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