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March 14, 2008 2:11 PM

More Pac-10 notes, picks

Posted by Bob Condotta

A few more news and notes from the Pac-10 Tournament, plus a couple of picks:

--- Some of you have noted what seem like smallish crowds for the tournament games. Attendance was officially listed at 16,442 for the night session Thursday (though it barely looked like half that on TV) so the conference will likely consider it a success.

To me, it felt the same as just about any other year --- pretty empty for games not involving the LA schools, pretty full for the session involving USC and UCLA. They'll catch a break this year with either UCLA or USC assured of being in the final.

Some of you have asked if moving it around might help with the attendance. It might. But nothing's going to happen through at least 2012. FOX Sports now essentially owns the rights to the tournament, and it wants it in LA where the company is based and where many of its sponsors are headquartered. And if it weren't for FOX's involvement, the tournament would have a tough go financially, and would likely have never gotten revived in the first place. Maybe in a few years all parties will be convinced it will work well enough elsewhere to move it around. But it's going to be at Staples for at least four more years.

--- Here's a consensus from people at the tourament on who is thought to be leaving early --- O.J. Mayo and Davon Jefferson of USC, Kevin Love and Darren Collison of UCLA, Ryan Anderson of Cal, Brook Lopez of Stanford, and Jerryd Bayless of Arizona. Chase Budinger of Arizona is expected to stay as is ASU's James Harden. Up in the air is UCLA's Russell Westbrook, whose stock is rapidly rising.


WSU VS. STANFORD --- The Cougars gave the Cardinal two good games during the regular season only to falter in the final minutes each time. That might lead you to believe that the Cougars are due to finally get one against The Tree. But Stanford just seems like a bad matchup for the Cougars with all of its height inside and the Cardinal is pretty motivated to get another shot at UCLA (not that WSU isn't as the Bruins are the only team Weaver-Low-Cowgill have never beaten, just that Stanford won't be any less pumped). WSU will need a complete game from Derrick Low to win this one, not just a half, as well as some quality minutes from Aron Baynes. Guess here is Stanford again simply wears down the Cougars. STANFORD 65, WSU 60.

USC VS. UCLA --- Teams split this year, each winning on the other's floor. Mayo sure to be primed to avenge the 10-turnover performance of the last meeting, but Bruins are well-rested after the easy game with Cal and may be ready to hit their usual March stride. UCLA 78, USC 71.

SEASON RECORD: 95-21 (5-1 in tournament).

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Posted by mattysimone

4:16 PM, Mar 14, 2008

Im going wsu and usc with usc winning the pac ten tourney!

If all those players depart as well as the out going seniors, you would have to think udub would near the top of the pac next year. Even more so if I.T. passes s.a.t.s

Posted by Dwight K. Schrute

4:37 PM, Mar 14, 2008

Where are Cougfan's picks? I don't know what to think about the upcoming games until he tells me. Please Cougfan, bless us with your wisdom. I don't have a copy of his posting schedule so I would appreciate it is one of his other fans could tell me when he will be on next.

Posted by Coug4Life

4:39 PM, Mar 14, 2008

If every good player in the conference leaves and your retarded recruit can cheat enough to pass his SAT's maybe the Huskies will be average next year. How proud you would all be.

Posted by Coug4Dead

4:50 PM, Mar 14, 2008

Wazzu will be in the bottom three and back reality next year and the Dawgs, regardless of who stays or doesn't in the Pac 10, and even if I.T. doesn't make it, will be in the top 5 at least.

Posted by GenoIsMyIdol

5:19 PM, Mar 14, 2008

Coug4Life....your 4:55 PM post is actually quite funny....and true!

Posted by Boy Howdy

6:07 PM, Mar 14, 2008

Although a Husky, I'm also a born-&-raised Hawaiian Island boy and Derek Low fan.

Can't believe I'm saying this...go, Cougs!!!

As for USC-UCLA, I'd just like to see a competitive game.

Posted by Boy Howdy

6:22 PM, Mar 14, 2008

If interested, started a Pac-10 tournament thread here:

Getting tired of typing in those weird random letters.

Posted by duponthusky

6:35 PM, Mar 14, 2008

Go Stanford!

Posted by Geno

6:58 PM, Mar 14, 2008

This stie was chanting GO DUCKS last night. If anything, thank you duponfusky.

Posted by duponthusky

7:00 PM, Mar 14, 2008

Go Stanford!

Posted by duponthusky

7:06 PM, Mar 14, 2008

Geno a few blogs ago I asked you when was the last time you guys made it to the elite eight and how many players you have in the NBA. I never got your answer are you still researching that?

Posted by duponthusky

7:12 PM, Mar 14, 2008

Come on Geno give some answers or are going to get pissed and tell everybody to quit bringing up the history. Let's do a side by side comparison between WSU and UW. I have a feeling that you would be better comparing you athletic program to your border state rivals the Idaho Vandals. I'll bring up history because we have one.

Posted by wayupwaydown

7:12 PM, Mar 14, 2008

I wanted to come on here and read some quality posts on the Pac Ten Tournamant and the Huskies future.

My mistake.

It's too bad there can't be some monitoring here that can take care of all the jerks. A good blog has gotten really bad the last few days.

I am tired of scrolling down through poat after post of mindless bickering.

Bye for now.

Go Zags and Cougs in the NCAA's . Win some games and keep things interesting..

Matty, I am ready to have my usual crappy pool. Good luck, will see you there.

Posted by AronIsAWuss

11:01 PM, Mar 14, 2008


One and done in the tournament of 65, good luck

The Aussie needs to shut his mouth

Posted by bomberboy

11:33 PM, Mar 14, 2008

WSU haas a nice team, Not as good as last year, but solid. But here is a stat: In the last two seasons WSU has played a total of nine (9) games against the top two teams in the PAC-10. Those teams are UCLA and Oregon in 2006-7 and UCLA and Stanford this year. WSU's record against those top two teams these last two years is a whopping 0-9! That is right, WSU has not beaten a top two PAC-10 team even once in two good as WSU has been, that is unbelievable...

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