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March 23, 2008 11:04 AM

Pac-10 survives, prospers

Posted by Bob Condotta

Outside of Trent Johnson, the biggest sigh of relief heard yesterday likely came from Pac-10 Commissioner Tom Hansen.

Thanks to Johnson's Stanford players bailing him out after he was kicked out of the game early on --- as well as a becoming-routine comeback by UCLA --- Hansen avoided seeing the top two teams in the conference go down in flames before the first weekend was through.

Now, with the survival of Stanford and UCLA, combined with the dominant performance of Washington State, the Pac-10 will have three teams in the Sweet 16.

That's an effort solid enough to help the conference live up to its regular-season hype while continuing a run of post-season success unmatched in its history.

It's the second straight year the Pac-10 has had three teams reach the Sweet 16 (Oregon, UCLA and USC did it last year) and the sixth time since 1997 --- the only six times it has happened in the conference's history.

The Pac-10 had four teams reach the Sweet 16 in 1997, 1998 and 2001, and three in 2002, 2007 and now this year.

Prior to 1997, the Pac-10 had as many as two teams reach the Sweet 16 just once, 1995, when UCLA won it all and Arizona State got to the Sweet 16.

The tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985, meaning that in the first 10 years of the expanded tourney the Pac-10 never got more than one team as far as the Sweet 16, and in the first 12 never got more than two.

Now, in the last 12 years, the Pac-10 has six times had three or more make it that far and two on another occasion (2005, Arizona and Washington).

Further speaking to the depth of the conference, every Pac-10 team except Oregon State has now made the Sweet 16 at least once 1995, and six different teams --- UCLA, USC, Oregon, Stanford, Washington and Washington State --- have made it in just the last three years and seven (adding Arizona) in the last four.

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Posted by dB

12:20 PM, Mar 23, 2008

Let's see. . . 3 Pac-10 teams in the Sweet 16 means: 3/16 = ~19%. Since there are 64 (ignoring the pesky play-in game) teams overall, the Pac-10 should have had 19% of the total slots: 64 * 19% = ~12 teams. Therefore, the Pac-10 should have had 12 teams receive bids to the NCAA Tourney.

So, what we learned was 1) statistics lie, 2) the Pac-10 probably only deserved 5 teams entered into the tourney, 3) the top 3 Pac-10 can play with anybody in the country.


Posted by fire ernie kent

1:34 PM, Mar 23, 2008

both ucla and stanford got really, really lucky yesterday. a & m was by far the better team...but love and collison were the best 2 players and came up big. marq also looked better than stanford but a lucky bounce and viola, sweet 16 here we come. only the cougs dominated...and i doubt they can play that well against a more talented carolina team. but we'll see. i'm just glad the ducks got exposed. when will ernie get fired? he is such a poor game coach.

Posted by Everett Dawg

2:03 PM, Mar 23, 2008

Tell it like it truly is Bob...don't beat around the bush only to pacify this blog::

UCLA and STANFORD has shown nothing to me so far tourney....the Cougars, on the other hand, has been the only team to dominate both their games so far. The 'other' PAC-10 teams didn't even deserve a bit and their play showed why. One and done was not unexpected.

Posted by Everett Dawg

2:08 PM, Mar 23, 2008

Davidson a 10th seed just beat Georgetown a 2. Wow!

Posted by Wowzers

2:40 PM, Mar 23, 2008

Hey Bob, when will the media finally figure out a way to say Cindarella, upset, and stun in a different way, or just not try to be so dramatic with the headlines? I prefer your way of reporting, which would usually say, "Didn't see that coming," instead of the overplayed David and Goliath allusions.

Posted by uw @ uva Lo

3:28 PM, Mar 23, 2008

it comes from that same place where "shock and awe" describes a war tactic ...

Posted by guch

4:08 PM, Mar 23, 2008

Problem is Stanford plays Texas in Houston and WSU probably plays Carolina in Charlotte. The P10 will be lucky to have more than one in the elite 8.

Posted by Everett Dawg

4:14 PM, Mar 23, 2008

guch...yup and UW lost to Velpo in the CBI in the first round.

Got any more opinions?

WSU in the sweet 16 on the east coast....the dawgs couldn't even get off the porch at their own house.

Posted by jed

4:30 PM, Mar 23, 2008

Just an unrelated note that Hawes had his first start for Sacramento and had 19 points on 9-13 shooting, 12 rebounds and 3 blocks. Theus is apparently making him emphasize defense more (per Hawes' words).

Posted by SnohomishRick

7:43 PM, Mar 23, 2008

Well if you are a Coug fan this has got to be bittersweet. The farther you go in the tourney the more likely Indiana or another big time school is going to throw so much money at TB that he will be gone. Good luck against NC. I'd like to see the Tarheels fall.

Posted by MedinaTyee is a sh-thead

8:35 PM, Mar 23, 2008

Nice work Medina. Way to attack a Husky and defend ducks and cougs. What kind of a crap head are you? Honestly, it's clear that you're a coug or duck posing as a Husky. Only a duck or coug would side with people like Geno, coug4life, etc. and attack a Husky fan.
You're clearly not a Husky fan, and you're an @$$hole on top of that!

Posted by Mr. Big

8:55 PM, Mar 23, 2008

Hey Everett Dawg:

How about: I'm a brainless fool, Sorry Bob? Sorry everyone else here on the board. Sorry, Oh Great Creator, for being such a poor example of your image?

Posted by Mike

8:41 AM, Mar 24, 2008


I think in 2005, it was Arizona and Washington in the Sweet 16 after both teams won their two games in Boise. Thanks again for your hard work this year in reporting Husky Sports.

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