March 6, 2004
PULLMAN, Wash. - With a 70-58 win over California Saturday, the Washington State men's basketball team qualified for the 2004 Pacific Life Pacific-10 Tournament at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The Cougars (13-15, 7-11 Pac-10) will be the No. 8 seed. WSU will play regular season champion and tournament top seed Stanford (26-1, 17-1) at 12:20 p.m., next Thursday.
WSU lost 73-51 at Stanford in the Pac-10 opener for both schools, Jan. 2. Just two days ago, the Cardinal rallied to defeat the Cougars 63-61 in Pullman on Matt Lottich's three-pointer at the buzzer.
Other tournament pairings include Washington-UCLA, Arizona-USC and California-Oregon.
The No. 2 seed Huskies (17-10, 12-6) won for the 12th time in their last 13 conference games, Saturday with a 75-62 over previously undefeated Stanford. UCLA (11-16, 7-11) earned the No. 7 seed over WSU because the Bruins defeated Washington twice this season.
Arizona (18-8, 10-7) hosts Arizona State, Sunday and is guaranteed a third place finish and the No. 3 seed. USC (13-14, 8-10) eliminated Oregon State with a 63-60 win in Corvallis, Saturday night to finish sixth and garnered the No. 6 seed.
Oregon (14-11, 9-9) nipped UCLA 60-59, Saturday and tied California (13-14, 9-9) for fourth place. Oregon and California split their regular season games, went 0-2 against Stanford and split with Washington. The Golden Bears earned No. 4 seed by virtue of a split with Arizona while the Ducks lost both their games against the Wildcats.