UCLA Clinches Pac-10 Regular Season Title
March 4, 2006
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -
UCLA captured its first Pac-10 regular season title since 1997 and claimed the top seed at the Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament which begins Wednesday, March 8 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
WASHINGTON, which won its last eight games to finish second in the league, will be the Pac-10s No. 2 seed in the Tournament, followedby CALIFORNIA with the No. 3 seed.
ARIZONA and STANFORD finished in a tie for fourth place, but by virtue of the Pac-10's tie breaker, Arizona will hold down the No. 4 seed as it defeated Stanford twice in head-to-head competition this season. USC is the Pac-10 Tournament's No. 6 seed. The top six seeds will not begin Pac-10 Tournament play until Thursday, March 9.
The Tournament will officially get underway Wednesday, March 8 with No. 8 ARIZONA STATE vs. No. 9 OREGON STATE at 6:12 p.m. PT, followed by No. 7 OREGON vs. No. 10 WASHINGTON STATE at 8:50 p.m. PT. Arizona State and Oregon State tied for eighth place, but the Sun Devils had the edge in the tie breaker as they defeated Oregon State twice in head-to-head competition during the regular season.
This marks the first year since the Pac-10 Tournament was reinstated in 2002 that all 10 teams will participate in the Tournament. Only the top eight teams in the final regular season standings participated in a three-day tournament the previous four years. A different Pac-10 team won the Tournament title in each of those previous four years starting with Arizona in 2002, followed by Oregon in 2003, Stanford in 2004, and Washington in 2005.
Tickets are available through Ticketmaster (213-480-3232 in LosAngeles), or online at www.pac-10.org or www.ticketmaster.com. Ticketprices are $285 for premier seating, $235 for lower bowl, and $125for upper bowl.
Final Pac-10 Regular Season Standings
Pac-10 Pct Overall Pct
1. UCLA 14-4 .778 24-6 .800
2. Washington 13-5 .722 24-5 .828
3. California 12-6 .667 18-9 .667
4. Arizona# 11-7 .611 18-11 .621
Stanford 11-7 .611 15-12 .556
6. USC 8-10 .444 17-12 .586
7. Oregon 7-11 .389 13-17 .433
8. Oregon State 5-13 .278 12-17 .414
Arizona State% 5-13 .278 11-16 .407
10. Washington State 4-14 .222 11-16 .407
# - No. 4 seed by virtue of tie-breaker
% - No. 8 seed by virtue of tie-breaker