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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">It&rsquo;s almost tournament time, and people are beginning to wonder how many Pac-10 women&rsquo;s basketball teams will reach postseason play.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Remember, last season the conference got six entries into the NCAA Tournament.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>That won&rsquo;t happen again. Here&rsquo;s what will take place:<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><U><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">NCAA<o:p></o:p></SPAN></U></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.75in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.5in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .75in"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-fareast-font-family: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-list: Ignore">1.<SPAN style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman'"> </SPAN></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Stanford is already in.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Cardinal&rsquo;s 21 wins should secure a high seed.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>However, the recent loss of point-guard J.J. Hones will hurt the team&rsquo;s chances to go to the Final Four.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.75in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.5in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .75in"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-fareast-font-family: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-list: Ignore">2.<SPAN style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman'"> </SPAN></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">ASU may earn a higher seed than Stanford. The Sun Devils have 23 wins, tops in the Pac-10, and could still win the conference championship.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>If the Sun Devils win the Pac-10 Tournament, they could earn a No. 3 seed and play deep into March.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.75in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.5in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .75in"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-fareast-font-family: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-list: Ignore">3.<SPAN style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman'"> </SPAN></SPAN></SPAN><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">California</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> earned its way into the field by knocking off Stanford last week. The Bears are 19-6 and are likely to finish third in conference play.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It will be a second consecutive tournament appearance for Joanne Boyle, but it will also be another &ldquo;one and out.&rdquo;<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.75in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.5in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .75in"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-fareast-font-family: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-list: Ignore">4.<SPAN style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman'"> </SPAN></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">USC is on the bubble but could still get a nod.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats face the Trojans on Saturday and will have a say in whether <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Troy</st1:place></st1:City> makes the field.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>USC is 9-5 in the conference but has only 15 overall wins.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Still, a strong showing in the next two weeks should send them dancing.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><U><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">NIT<o:p></o:p></SPAN></U></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.75in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.5in; mso-list: l1 level1 lfo2; tab-stops: list .75in"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-fareast-font-family: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-list: Ignore">1.<SPAN style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman'"> </SPAN></SPAN></SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Washington</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> is just not good enough to earn a trip to the big tournament and will settle for a trip to the expanded National Invitation Tournament (N.I.T.).<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Huskies erratic play and 15 wins will keep them out of the NCAA bracket.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.75in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.5in; mso-list: l1 level1 lfo2; tab-stops: list .75in"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-fareast-font-family: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-list: Ignore">2.<SPAN style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman'"> </SPAN></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">UCLA is at .500.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Bruins are 7-7, 13-13.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>They will be invited to the N.I.T. but they rarely accept such invitations.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.75in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.5in; mso-list: l1 level1 lfo2; tab-stops: list .75in"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-fareast-font-family: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-list: Ignore">3.<SPAN style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman'"> </SPAN></SPAN></SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Oregon</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> has a good chance to advance to the N.I.T.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Although the Ducks are 6-8 in the conference, their 14 wins should be enough to help Bev Smith&rsquo;s team finish with a winning record. That&rsquo;s all you need to play in the &ldquo;other&rdquo; tournament.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">So, six Pac-10 teams will be playing after the regular season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Only four will be playing for real.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Let&rsquo;s hope that Stanford and ASU can represent the conference well.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It&rsquo;s been a long time since a Pacific-10 representative has played in the Final Four.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>This could be the year.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">See you on the radio!<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:PersonName w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Paul Johnson</SPAN></st1:PersonName><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">*All Arizona Women&rsquo;s Basketball Games are heard life on AM 1400 KTUC.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>To find out more about Paul visit: <A href="http://www.pauldanieljohnson.net/">www.pauldanieljohnson.net</A>.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
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