I know that Stanford and Oregon State just wrapped up, and Washington State and Oregon will be taking the court at 8:30, but those games are mere formalities.
The real tournament starts tomorrow, when ASU takes on Arizona at noon. I am going to break down all the matchups tomorrow, pick the winners, and then report back tomorrow throughout the day.
I am going to the tournament tomorrow, and we will have nightly wrap ups of the action in the Staples Center.
5. Arizona Wilcats versus 4. Arizona State Sun Devils
In the first game of the season between ASU and UA, the Sun Devils went down to Tucson and won a hard fought game.
The second time around, Arizona was down big in the second half, but nearly came all the way back. The home crowd stormed the court, and ASU was well on its way to March Madness.
Lets take a quick look at the season stats of UA.
Three good players, and the rest is riffraff. We all know about UA and its players, so I will make this brief: stop Jordan Hill, and the game will be ours.
Prediction: ASU 74, UA 66
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9. Stanford Cardinal versus 1. Washington Huskies, 2:30 PM PST
Stanford is an enigma. Mostly bad, but they took care of ASU last week. They are playing fairly well, and the Huskies need to avoid a bad loss here in order to secure a top 4 seed in the NCAAs.
Washington has a strong team. Lets look at the team stats:
If Isaiah Thomas could make his 3s, he'd be the best player in the Pac-10 behind James Harden. Next season, I believe he will be the top dog out west.
Justin Dentmon and Jon Brockman supply a nice supporting cast for the young star, and there is just no way that Stanford, a team without any true bulk down low, can stop the attack of Washington.
Prediction: Washington 84, Stanford 63
6. USC Trojans versus 3. California Golden Bears, 6 PM PST
This is an interesting matchup. California is not as good as their record indicates, but they do have some talent. USC underperformed this season, but that doesn't preclude them from making some noise in their hometown.
USC closed out the season by sweeping the Oregon schools at home, bringing their record up to 18-12. They lost by only one point to Oklahoma in December, so they definitely can run with the big dogs.
California lost to ASU handily in their last game of the season, and so right now I feel a strange compulsion to give the nod to the Trojans.
Prediction: USC 67, California 64
And last but not least, I predict that Washington State will beat Oregon and advance onto the quarterfinals to play UCLA.
7. Washington State Cougars versus 2. UCLA Bruins, 8:30 PM PST
Klay Thompson might be electric. Taylor Rochestie might be able to do some serious damage. Aron Baynes is from Australia.
UCLA might be caught napping here. It's not likely, but UCLA has lost some games they had no business losing this season.
WSU beat UCLA, Arizona, and ASU in a row until they got to the buzzsaw known as Washington.
I think it will be a close game, and the Cougs will come out victorious.
Prediction: Washington State 77, UCLA 75
I will be Twittering during the tournament tomorrow, and the end of the evening will bring a detailed write up of the day's activities and excitement.
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