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    Pac-10 may get 4 NCAA tournament bids

    Arizonas Chris Rodgers tries to pull the ball away from Stanfords Matt Haryasz during the second half of Arizonas game against Stanford, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2006 at Maples Pavilion in Stanford, Calif. Arizona beat Stanford 76-72. (Photo by Chris Coduto/Arizona Daily Wildcat)
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    Arizona’s Chris Rodgers tries to pull the ball away from Stanford’s Matt Haryasz during the second half of Arizona’s game against Stanford, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2006 at Maples Pavilion in Stanford, Calif. Arizona beat Stanford 76-72. (Photo by Chris Coduto/Arizona Daily Wildcat)

    Men’s pac-10 tournament opponent breakdown

    The Pacific 10 Tournament will include all 10 teams for the first time since its reincarnation in 2002. Arizona head coach Lute Olson said Pac-10 coaches voted unanimously to have all 10 teams play. Starting tonight in the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the No. 7 seed will play the No. 10 seed and the No. 8 seed will play the No. 9 seed. The top six teams get a bye through to Thursday’s second round. Arizona has won the tournament in four of the eight seasons. UCLA, Oregon, Stanford, and Washington (last year) have each won it once.

    In order of Pac-10 finish:

    No. 1 UCLA: (24-6, 14-4 in Pac-10)

    Arron Afflalo

    NCAA chances: In, unless team has a mutiny and refuses invitation
    Key Player: All Pac-10 sophomore guard Arron Afflalo (17.1 points per game)
    Good wins: Nevada, at Arizona, at California, at Michigan
    Bad losses: at USC
    Record versus Oregon State this year: (2-0), versus ASU (2-0)

    No. 2 Washington: (24-5, 13-5)

    Brandon Roy

    NCAA chances: In, even though committee should look down on former Husky Nate Robinson’s 14 failed dunk attempts in NBA’s dunk contest
    Key player: Pac-10 Player of the Year guard Brandon Roy (19.6 ppg)
    Good wins: UCLA (twice), Gonzaga, at Arizona
    Bad losses: Washington State (twice)
    Record versus Oregon this year: (2-0), versus WSU (0-2)

    No. 3 California (18-9, 12-6)

    Leon Powe

    NCAA chances: Probably need at least first round win to avoid the NIT
    Key player: All Pac-10 forward Leon Powe (20.0)
    Good wins: at UCLA, Washington, Arizona
    Bad losses: at Eastern Michigan, Oregon State, Arizona State
    Record versus USC this year: (2-0)

    No. 4 Arizona (18-11, 11-7)

    NCAA chances: No team with an RPI under 30 has ever missed the Big Dance (basically, we should be good to go)
    Key player: All-Pac 10 freshman Marcus Williams (12.4 ppg)
    Good wins: Kansas, at Washington, Western Kentucky, California
    Bad losses: at Oregon, at Oregon State, at USC
    Record versus Stanford this year: (2-0)
    Quotable: “”It’s true that in anybody’s line of work that there are years more challenging than others”” – head coach Lute Olson

    No. 5 Stanford (15-12, 11-7)

    Matt Haryasz

    NCAA tournament chances: Have to win Pac-10 to get in. Senior center Matt Haryasz will not play in an NIT game at home, the Stanford Daily reported.
    Key player: All Pac-10 selection Haryasz (16.6 ppg)
    Good wins: California, Washington
    Bad losses: UC Irvine, at Montana, at UC Davis
    Record versus Arizona this year: (0-2)
    Quotable: “”I’d be shocked if we got consideration (for the NCAA tournament) if we didn’t win all three (Pac-10 tournament games).”” – head coach Trent Johnson

    No.6 USC (17-12, 8-10)

    Gabe Pruitt

    NCAA chances: Only if “”Baby Jordan”” Harold Minor comes back and gets USC to run the table in the tourney
    Key player: All-Pac-10 guard Gabe Pruitt (16.7 ppg)
    Good wins: Arizona, UCLA, North Carolina
    Bad losses: Cal State Northridge, Arizona State, at Oral Roberts (by 20)

    No. 7 Oregon (13-17, 7-11)

    Malik Hairston

    NCAA chances: Only if the Luke and Luke show were back in college
    Key player: sophomore guard Malik Hairston (14.4 ppg)
    Good wins: Arizona
    Bad losses: at Portland, Portland State

    No. 8 Oregon State (12-17, 5-13)

    Sasa Cuic

    NCAA chances: Only if Jay John told the committee he was still an Arizona assistant
    Key player: sophomore forward Sasa Cuic (13.9 ppg)
    Good wins: Arizona, California
    Bad losses: at Portland, Northwestern State, at Tennessee Tech (by 28), ASU (twice)

    No. 9 Arizona State (11-16, 5-13)

    Jeff Pendergraph

    NCAA chances: Better chance of hell freezing over (or Rob Evans keeping his job)
    Key player: All-Pac-10 freshman Jeff Pendergraph (11.1 ppg)
    Good wins: Northern Arizona, at California
    Bad losses: Utah Valley State, Oregon (twice)

    No. 10 Washington State (11-16, 4-14)

    Josh Akognon

    NCAA chance: Better chance of head coach Dick Bennett un-retiring or quitting golf
    Key player: sophomore guard Josh Akognon (10.4 ppg)
    Good wins: Washington (twice), at San Diego State
    Bad losses: Oregon (twice), Oregon State (twice)
    Quotable: “”Who knows what can happen, that’s the beauty of tournament time.”” – Bennett

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