No complaints about the Pac-12 TV deal today. Why? Well, it’s almost over with. Other than that, not much else to report.
Basically, it’s simple as I outlined in my preview story …
LOS ANGELES – It’s a pretty simple equation for the Washington Huskies. Win and they clinch the Pacific-12 Conference regular season outright, earn the top seed in next week’s Pac-12 tournament at the Staples Center and likely assure themselves of a berth in the NCAA tournament.
Then things become a little more precarious. They would need Cal to lose to Stanford to win the title outright. If that doesn’t happen and they split the league title, the Huskies’ NCAA tourney résumé might need to be bolstered with a couple of wins in the conference tournament.
Tournament bids aside, the Huskies want this regular season title. They want it all for themselves. They won’t be satisfied with a co-championship, they say.
“We know we can win the whole league,” said Terrence Ross. “We just have to be ready to play (today). It’s a good feeling, but we know winning the title by ourselves is the best.”
It would be just the second outright regular-season title for Washington in 58 years. The Huskies accomplished the rare feat in 2009, led by Jon Brockman and Isaiah Thomas. Before that, their last title was in 1953.
- Here’s the preview from Sportspress NW
- From the UCLA side – – The Bruins will be playing their final game in their temporary home – the LA Sports Arena. I doubt they will be nostalgic. Here’s the game preview from ESPN LA. Ben Howland is preaching diligence to his players
- The Buffaloes are still holding out hope for a No. 4 seed and first-round bye in the Pac-12 tourney. All the Buffaloes have to do is beat OSU, and hope that Utah somehow beats Oregon. If you look on the side of the story, Ryan Thorburn does great job of breaking down the seeding possible.
- John Hunt writes about the season long highlight reel that Jared Cunningham has been accumulating. The latest highlight came on Thursday night. It didn’t make it on ESPN’s top 10 plays because the game wasn’t televised.
- The Ducks could clinch a No. 3 seed with a win over Utah. It will also be senior day at Oregon as they say goodbye to eclectic mix of seniors.
- Utah will try to snap a 16-game road losing streak against the Ducks. Head coach Larry Krystkowiak even treated his team to a bowling outing on Friday.
- The Trojans have gotten a nice lift from freshman Byron Wesley. Here’s a quick preview from the LA Times
- Here’s some notes on WSU from Christian Caple.