Championship Week Preview- Pac 10
Pac 10 Tournament Preview
California- Should be in with a quarterfinal win
Arizona State- Beat Washington in the semifinals
Washington- Beat Arizona State in the semifinals
3 Players to Watch
Jerome Randle (California)- He’s simply a blur in transition. His 3-point range is limitless. He averaged 18.7 points and 4.5 assists per game during the regular season.
Klay Thompson (Washington State)- Only a sophomore, this is a guy to look at for the future. He is the son of former NBA standout Mychal Thompson.
Quincy Pondexter (Washington)- He did a little bit of everything for the Huskies. He averaged 20.2 ppg, 7.8 rpg and 1.8 apg.
Projected Championship Game- 1. California (21-9) (13-5) vs 3. Washington (21-9) (11-7)
Experts knew the Pac-10 would be down, but a league which is considered to be a “Power 6” conference is currently ranked 8th in Conference RPI. The Mountain West and Atlantic 10 are rated higher.
California played an extremely difficult schedule, but they didn’t beat anybody. They went 1-5 against the RPI top 50, their lone top 50 win came at home against Washington.
Patrick Christopher and Jerome Randle make-up a solid backcourt. Both can stroke it from deep. Jorge Gutierrez is a relentless defender. Theo Robertson and Jamal Boykin are ok in the frontcourt.
Washington has been a pretty big dissapointment. They were ranked in the top 25 before the season. However, the Huskies have played well down the stretch winning their final four games of the regular season.
The Huskies have really missed Jon Brockman this season, they’ve struggled in the frontcourt. Washington is led by their two stars Isiah Thomas and Quincy Pondexter. Both are on the Pac 10 1st Team.
Prediction– Washington, the tournament should be unpredictable, but I like the way the Huskies have played late in the season.