Basketball Tournament Preview - 2009
Get ready for another classic PAC-10 tournament!
There have always been good teams in the PAC-10 tourney, but this
season teams seem to be more equally matched then they have been in
recent memory. Last year was a battle, but this year might be even
Last season it was more of a superstar watch then anything with NBA
talent like Kevin Love, Brook Lopez and OJ Mayo. USC, Stanford and
UCLA were good teams, but the Bruins were the clear favorite to win
This time around the Bruins are not the favorite; in fact some may
say that they arenít even the second best team in this PAC-10
tournament which would be the first time that has happen in a long,
The Bruins are still a great team. Are they Final Four bound? I
doubt it, but still a great team nonetheless. UCLA has had their
share of struggles this season, especially against teams from
Arizona, but they ended the season strong on a four game winning
The USC Trojans arenít the same team they were last season without
OJ Mayo running the show. Stanford is also a shell of its former
shelf after the loss of the Lopez brothers to the NBA. The
interesting thing about this tournament is that every team in the
PAC-10 has at least four losses to conference opponents which
drastically increase the chances of seeing an upset in the PAC-10
Although the UCLA Bruins are always a dangerous team in this
tournament, the team to watch out for is the Washington Huskies who
just recently just broke into the top ten ranking in the country.
The Bruins and Huskies regular season might be identical at 24-7,
but their seasons have turned out completely different.
These two teams have split their two games against each other with
the Bruins avenging their loss to the Huskies back in late January
just recently at Pauley Pavilion.
I see these two meeting in the PAC-10 championship game, but there
is one team that could pull off the upset and stop one of these
teams for getting to the final game in the tournament.
The team with the best chance of pulling off the upset is the
Arizona State Sun Devils.
The Sun Devils just recently took the Huskies to the limit at
Washington in an overtime thriller. The Huskies were able to come
out alive with a three point victory in overtime, but Arizona State
proved they can play with the best in the conference.
Not only were the Sun Devils able to take the Huskies to the limit
in their last meeting, but they have also gotten the best of the
Bruins twice this season. Arizona State did struggle a bit to finish
the season losing three straight before beating Cal, but they
definitely could win this tournament.
I think that the Huskies are playing so well right now that they
will not be beaten by either the Bruins or Sun Devils, but an upset
might be around the corner for Washington.
Current Odds to win the PAC 10 Tournament
Arizona State +500
Field (Any Other Team) +2000