Basketball: Pac-10 tournament changes TBA

A spokesman for the Pac-10 told me this morning that the most likely adjustment to the March 10-13 Pac-10 tournament without USC will be to simply eliminate the 7 vs. 10 game on Wednesday, moving the No. 7 seed into the Thursday quarterfinals against the No. 2 team.

But Dave Hirsch of the Pac-10 said because Fox Sports Net owns the rights to the event the conference will settle format changes after discussions with the TV network. No decision is expected this week.

Also at issue are the starting time for the 8 vs. 9 game (currently 6 p.m., but subject to change) and ticket package prices, now that there figures to be one fewer game in the tournament.

Jeff Faraudo