March 1, 2004
PULLMAN, Wash. -- With one week left in the regular season, Washington State is one of five teams battling for the final four spots in the 2004 Pacific Life Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Tournament.
The Cougars host No. 1 Stanford (Thursday, 7:30 p.m.) and California (Saturday, 2 p.m.) this week. There are 500 scenarios that could take place this week and in 376 of them, Washington State qualifies for the Pac-10 Tournament, March 11-13 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The Cougars can finish anywhere from sixth to ninth in the final Pac-10 regular season standings. A ninth place finish would result in WSU missing the tournament. Provided the Cougars do qualify, potential first round opponents include Arizona, California, Stanford and Washington. All four of those teams have clinched spots in the Pac-10 Tournament.
Washington State controls its destiny and can qualify for the tournament with wins over Stanford and California. The Cougars also head to Los Angeles if Oregon State loses at home to UCLA and USC.
Washington State can also clinch a spot Thursday with a win over Stanford and an Oregon State loss to UCLA or a USC loss to Oregon.