Huskies Turn Attention To Pac-10 Tournament

March 8, 2009

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SEATTLE - With the Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament tipping-off in just three days, Washington won't have a lot of time to enjoy its historic regular-season men's basketball title.

Fortunately for the 13th-ranked Huskies, as the tourney's top seed, they receive a first-round bye and will have an extra day to prepare for their quarterfinal opponent - the winner of Wednesday night's game between 8th-seeded Oregon State and 9th-seeded Stanford. The UW will play the winner of that game at 2:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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The Huskies enter the tournament with a 24-7 overall record and a conference-leading five-game win streak after clinching its first outright league title since 1953 Saturday against in-state rival Washington State. The UW outlasted a scrappy Cougar squad 67-60 at Bank of America Arena, then led an on-court celebration and cut down the nets after the game.

But, despite the jubilation showed by the players and coaches, there was still a sense that the Huskies realized the season was far from being over.

'That was an unbelievable feeling,' said senior forward Jon Brockman. You see it on T.V. every year and you want to be in that position. Then when I got up there it was about 100 times better than it was on T.V.

'We do know, though, that we have a lot of games left to play. We are going to really have to focus on winning the Pac-10 Tournament then get ready for the NCAA's. We are going to enjoy this championship tonight and tomorrow, then we will return to practice on Monday and get back to business.'

Oregon State enters the tournament's play-in game as the eighth seed after finishing the season with a 13-16 record and a 7-11 mark in league play. The Beavers have lost their last three games and six of their last nine but remain one of the Pac-10's stingiest teams defensively. The UW won both games against OSU: 85-59 in Corvallis and 79-60 in Seattle.

Ninth-seeded Stanford enters Wednesday's game against the Beavers with a 17-12 record and 6-12 mark in the conference. After losing four straight, including a 66-54 decision at Oregon State, the Cardinal has won two of its last three contests. Last weekend, Stanford defeated then 21st-ranked Arizona State 74-64 in Tempe, Ariz. before dropping a high-scoring 101-87 game at Arizona. The UW won two close games against Stanford this season: 84-83 in Seattle and 75-68 in Palo Alto, Calif.

All by the championship game of the Pac-10 Tournament will be televised live in high definition by FSN. The title game will be televised nationally in HD by CBS on Saturday at 3 p.m. (Pacific).

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