With the loss in the regular season finale against Washington on Saturday, however, UCLA is still playing to secure the #1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament. If UCLA wins the Pac-10 tournament this week, it would have a very good case for the #1 overall NCAA seed, being #1 in the RPI. And as we've said before, if UCLA wants to return to the Final Four, it's substantially easier to do so if it gets the #1 overall seed. That could mean the difference between playing the #8 overall seed and the #5 in the Elite Eight game. That could be a difference between, say, playing Mephis or North Carolina.
So, the Pac-10 tournament takes on a huge amount of important for the Bruins.
Pac-10 Tournament Seeding
Wed., Mar. 7
No. 8 California vs. No. 9 Oregon State, 6:12 p.m. FSN
No. 7 Washington vs. No. 10 Arizona State, 8:42 p.m. FSN
Thur., Mar. 8
No. 4 Oregon vs. No. 5 Arizona, 12:20 p.m. FSN
No. 8/9 winner vs. UCLA, 2:50 p.m. FSN
No. 3 USC vs. No. 6 Stanford, 6:20 p.m. FSN
No. 7/10 winner vs. No. 2 Washington State, 8:50 p.m. FSN
Fri., Mar. 9
Semifinal 1, UCLA/Cal or OSU v. Oregon/Arizona 6:20 p.m. FSN
Semifinal 2, WSU/WA or ASU v. USC/Stanford 8:50 p.m. FSN
Sat., Mar. 10
Pac-10 Tournament Championship, 3 p.m. CBS