(7) Stanford at (3) UCLA – A Stanford win would lead to a truly tied Pac-10 race for first. UCLA hosts 9th place Cal on Saturday, while Stanford travels to 4th place USC. The Pac-10 can still benefit as a whole from UCLA grabbing that #1 seed.
Arizona State at Oregon – This is where things get interesting for the Cougs. All ASU has to do is beat Oregon State and they will have 9 wins and a high probability of a top 5 conference spot. This is bad news for WSU since the Sun Devil team they swept in the regular season may not be their first round opponent in the conference tournament. Oregon is, oddly enough, a better matchup for the Cougs this year than Arizona, so it’s time to cheer on the Ducks to climb to sixth place.
Arizona at Oregon State – Unlikely, but then we’ve seen a lot of strange things come from this Arizona team this season. If the Wildcats lose they face essentially a must win in Eugene. Again, the key for WSU is making sure that Arizona stays out of the 6 spot. However, many teams have come back from a regular season sweep to get redemption in the Pac-10 tournament, including Southern Cal against Wazzu last season.
California at USC – A USC loss guarantees the Cougs their second straight top-3 finish in the Pac-10.