By Jeff Faraudo
Monday, February 21st, 2011 at 9:14 am in Basketball.
With two weeks left in the regular season, the Bears (14-13, 7-8) are tied for sixth place with Washington State (17-10, 7-8). Oregon and USC are tied for fourth at 7-7, just a half-game ahead. So there are countless possibilities.
Let’s look at one: Who gets the No. 6 seed for the Pac-10 tournament if Cal and WSU finish tied for sixth?
This is critical because the No. 6 seed avoids the Wednesday “play-in” games — 7 vs. 10, 8 vs. 9.
The Bears currently own the tiebreaker over the Cougars. Cal and WSU split two games and neither beat first-place Arizona. So Cal’s win over second-place UCLA supercedes WSU’s victory over third-place Washington — as long as UCLA finishes ahead of UW in the final standings.
Here is Cal’s schedule the rest of the way: at Oregon, at Oregon State, vs. Stanford.
And WSU: at Washington, vs. USC, vs. UCLA.
Would say Cal has an easier road, but this isn’t over. Oregon and USC are very much part of the equation, and so is Stanford, one game back at 6-9.
UCLA, which had won six in a row and 10 of 11, now finds itself two games behind league-leader Arizona with four to go. The Wildcats play at Pauley Pavilion on Saturday, then close the regular season with home games against the Oregon schools.
The Cats — 15-0 at McKale Center — aren’t losing to the Ducks or Beavers in Tucson.