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Huskies magic number is one … over UCLA

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Feb. 28, 2009 at 8:16 pm with No Comments »
February 28, 2009 8:16 pm

UCLA’s win over Cal leaves the Bruins as the only team with a chance to catch Washington for a share of the Pacific-10 Conference men’s basketball title or the No. 1 seeding in the Pac-10 tournament.


UW assured itself of at least a share of the title by defeating Arizona on Saturday afternoon. The Huskies now will win the title outright and get No. 1 Pac-10 tournament seeding with a win over Washington State next Saturday or with a UCLA loss to either Oregon State on Thursday or Oregon on Saturday.


The Bruins will be solid home favorites in both games, meaning it may come down the Huskies taking care of their own business against the Cougars.


If the Huskies and Bruins tie, they will share the conference title. However, Pac-10 tournament seeding will be determined as follows:


Seeding: All 10 teams shall participate in the tournament. The seedings and pairings shall be determined upon completion of regular season play on Saturday,

March 7. The won-lost percentage record of the teams in reglar season Conference play will determine tournament seedings. The team with the best

won-lost percentage in Conference play will be seeded #1, the next best won-lost percentage in Conference play will be seeded #2, and so forth through

all the seeds.

Tie-Breakers: Tie breaking procedures for determining tournament seeding will follow the following procedure:

1. Two-team tie

a. Results of head-to-head competition during the regular season.

b. Each team’s record vs. the team occupying the highest position in the final regular standings, and then continuing down through the standings

until one team gains an advantage.

When arriving at another group of tied teams while comparing records, use each team’s record against the collective tied teams as a group

(prior to that group’s own tie-breaking procedure), rather than the performance against individual tied teams.

c. Won-lost percentage against all Division I opponents.

d. Coin toss conducted by the Commissioner or designee.

2. Multiple-team tie

a. Results of collective head-to-head competition during the regular season among the tied teams.

b. If more than two teams are still tied, each of the tied team’s record vs. the team occupying the highest position in the final regular season

standings, and then continuing down through the standings until one team gains an advantage.

When arriving at another group of tied teams while comparing records, use each team’s record against the collective tied teams as a group

(prior to that group’s own tie-breaking procedure), rather than the performance against individual tied teams.

If at any point the multiple-team tie is reduced to two teams, the two-team tie-breaking procedure will be applied.

c. Won-lost percentage against all Division I opponents.

d. Coin toss conducted by the Commissioner or designee.


Bottom line: Too early to tell.


However, since the Huskies and Bruins split, this tie-breaking method gives UW fans a rooting interest in Arizona State finishing third in the conference, because UW swept the Sun Devils, while UCLA was swept by them. Whereas, UCLA swept the Cal, whereas UW was swept by them.


Cal visits Arizona State on Saturday in a game that should be over by the time WSU and UW tip off.

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