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Tournament breakdown

The schedule and participating teams in the men's 2010 Pacific-10 tournament at Staples Center.

Pac-10

THE SCHEDULE:

  • Wednesday: No. 8 Oregon vs. No. 9 Washington State, 8 p.m.

  • Thursday: No. 4 Arizona vs. No. 5 UCLA, noon; No. 1 Cal vs. Oregon or Washington State, 2:30 p.m.; No. 2 Arizona State vs. No. 7 Stanford, 6 p.m.; No. 3 Washington vs. No. 6 Oregon State, 8:30 p.m.

  • Friday: Semifinal 1, 6 p.m.; Semifinal 2, 8:30 p.m.

  • Saturday: Championship, 3 p.m.


    California

    NO. 1 CALIFORNIA (21-9, 13-5)

  • Comment: The Golden Bears won their first Pac-10 regular-season championship in 50 years, but their 1-5 record against RPI top-50 teams makes them look like a paper tiger.

  • Outlook: The Bears look like the one Pac-10 team that don't have to worry about how they do this weekend.


    ASU

    NO. 2 ARIZONA STATE (22-9, 12-6)

  • Comment: The Sun Devils at least have a little momentum going for them, coming off six victories in their past seven games. They beat San Diego State, a tough nonconference opponent, and that's more than most Pac-10 teams can say.

  • Outlook: It's a fairly sturdy bubble, but a bubble nonetheless. ASU probably needs to win two games to be safe.


    Washington

    NO. 3 WASHINGTON (21-9, 11-7)

  • Comment: The Huskies had a slightly stronger schedule than Arizona State, which should help them with the selection committee. They also have quality wins over Texas A&M and Cal.

  • Outlook: Like ASU, Washington probably can't afford to bow out before Saturday.


    Arizona

    NO. 4 ARIZONA (16-14, 10-8)

  • Comment: UCLA can blame injuries and the road for losing last week in Tucson, but it will have a harder time justifying the 14-point home loss to the Wildcats in January.

  • Outlook: Like all but a few teams in this tournament, the Wildcats have to win it all to stand a chance of an NCAA tournament berth.


    UCLA

    NO. 5 UCLA (13-17, 8-10)

    Comment: It looks like the outflow of underclass talent to the NBA finally has caught up with Ben Howland's team.

  • Outlook: Maybe the Bruins can pull a shocker and take the tournament field by storm, but six losses in their past eight games don't exactly suggest it.


    OSU

    NO. 6 OREGON STATE (14-16, 8-10)

    Comment: Coach Craig Robinson might be the only Pac-10 coach who's happy with his team's positioning this weekend. The Beavers have shown steady improvement under the brother of the First Lady.

  • Outlook: Their style means they're never fun to play, but a 99-48 loss to Seattle earlier this year doesn't exactly suggest they're dangerous.


    Stanford

    NO. 7 STANFORD (13-17, 7-11)

    Comment: The Cardinal might be the conference's most unpredictable team: They lost to San Diego and Oral Roberts before beating Virginia and taking No. 5 Kentucky to overtime.
    Outlook: Considering they have lost eight of their past 11, they look like a team playing out the string.


    Oregon

    NO. 8 OREGON (15-15, 7-11)

    Comment: Another team headed the wrong way, the Ducks went 5-11 to close conference play and one of those wins (vs. UCLA) was in overtime.

  • Outlook: Ernie Kent predicted his team will win the Pac-10 tournament. If he's wrong, he'll probably be looking for another job.


    WSU

    NO. 9 WASHINGTON STATE (16-14, 6-12)

  • Comment: The best thing the Cougs have going for them this weekend is a 3-0 record in neutral-site games, if you can call games at Staples Center neutral.

  • Outlook: Maybe sophomore Klay Thompson can get a hot shooting touch to carry his team through the weekend, because that's WSU's only shot at an NCAA tournament berth. The Cougars lost nine of their past 11 games; six in a row on the road.