The Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament is a great thing! I know that some coaches don't like it, and it has made it a bit more difficult to manage the regular season schedule, but this tournament makes the conference better and here is why:
First, it allows teams that don't play in pre-season tournaments a chance to get more wins. For example, 20 wins has always been the benchmark of NCAA Tournament worthiness. This season, UCLA played in a pre-season tournament in Hawaii. So, they have played three more games than Arizona. That's three more chances to get 20 wins before the end of the season. The Wildcats may have to use the Pac-10 Tournament to get their 20.
Second, it gives teams who play credible schedules a chance to show how good they are by the end of the season. This point can be illustrated by Arizona State's dismal non-conference slate. The Devils played Denver, Kent State, Chicago State and Northern Illinois. Their 14 wins would lead you to believe that they are having a decent season. However, 14 wins against their schedule is, by any standard, a sub-par season. Meanwhile, Arizona has compiled 18 wins against a tough non-conference schedule that included the likes of Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, Illinois, New Mexico, Pepperdine and Wisconsin. Now that there is a Pac-10 Tournament, the Wildcats will have a chance to prove which team is better prepared for the post-season.
Finally, the Pac-10 Tournament keeps the conference on the map. The final two rounds will televised nationally on Fox Sports Net, which really means that if you have no other professional or college team in your city you might get the game, and that helps all of the schools this time of year. This is March Madness, and the Pac-10 needs to be on the forefront of the action.
I am excited about the upcoming Pac-10 Tournament. It is a great thing for the conference, and it will separate the women from the girls. Let's go get 'em!
See you on the radio!
Upcoming broadcasts on KJLL 1330 AM:
Thursday, Feb. 27 = Stanford, 6:30 p.m. for Wildcat Warm-up
Saturday, Mar. 1 = California, 12:30 p.m. for Wildcat Warm-up
Monday, Mar. 3 = Final Joan Bonvicini Coach's Show, 6-7 p.m.
March 7-10 = All Arizona games live from the Pac-10 Tournament
Mar. 21-April 6 = All Arizona games live from the NCAA Tournament host sites