The 2000-2001 Pac-10 Men's Basketball Title Hunt
March 2, 2001
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - A win by Stanford over UCLA on Saturday would clinchat least ashare of the Pac-10 championship for the Cardinal. In the event of a tiefor the Pac-10 title, co-champions would exist. The Pac-10 tie-breakeris only used to determine the automatic qualifier for the NCAA Tournament,and not a sole Pac-10 champion.
If UCLA defeats Stanford, and both teams win their final two games nextweek, the two schools would share the Pac-10 title as co-champions.Using the Pac-10 tie-breaker (head-to-head competition), UCLA would receivethe Pac-10's automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. If UCLA wins out andStanford loses to either Arizona State or Arizona, the Bruins would win thetitle outright. UCLA has alreadydefeated Stanford in its earlier meeting this season at Stanford.
What about Arizona? Arizona not only has a shot for at least a share ofthe Pac-10 championship, but could win the title outright. In order towin the title outright, Arizona would need to win out, Stanford wouldhave to lose its last three, and UCLA would need to defeat Stanford andlose both games in Washington next week. Two scenarios exist for Arizonato share the title. 1) Arizona win's out, Stanford loses to UCLA andArizona, and UCLA would need to defeat Stanford and lose one of itsgames in Washington. Or, 2) Arizona would need two wins (one must be overStanford), Stanford would have to lose its last three, and UCLA wouldhave defeat Stanford and lose both games in Washington.