UCLA Falls In Washington, Ending Hopes Of No. 1 Seed In Pac-10 Tournament

Washington swept the season series with UCLA this season.

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Bracketology: UCLA One Of Three Pac-10 Teams Included In Latest Tournament Projections

This isn't exactly a banner year for the Pac-10 basketball wise. Even the best team isn't considered a legitimate threat to win a National Championship. There is always the opportunity for a surprise, but the Pac-10 might not make much of an impact on the tournament this year.

According to the latest Bracketology update on SB Nation, only three teams from the Pac-10 are currently slated to make the NCAA Tournament. Arizona leads the pack with a six seed, and earns a very difficult first round matchup against 11th seeded Michigan St. Washington makes it as an eight seed and has a matchup against Old Dominion. And UCLA rounds out the group with a nine seed, currently slated to play UNLV in the first round.

But as I said, things could change. One of the other teams in the conference could win the tournament, earning an automatic bid. And there are a few teams that are currently pretty close to making the tournament as an at-large team in Washington St. and USC, according to SB Nation's Bubble Watch. A strong tournament run from either of those teams could earn them a trip to the tournament as well.

It should all play out in the tournament, but if things go as expected, only three teams will make the tournament from the Pac-10. And that doesn't really constitute a successful season.

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UCLA Loses To Washington, 70-63

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - C.J. Wilcox scored a career-high 24 points to lead the Washington Huskies to a 70-63 victory over the UCLA Bruins in a Pac-10 Conference matchup at Alaska Airlines Arena. Venoy Overton scored 10 points for the Huskies (20-9, 11-6 Pac-10), while Matt Bryan-Amaning pulled down 13 rebounds. Jerime Anderson led UCLA (21-9, 12-5) with 16 points, while Malcolm Lee added 13 points, Joshua Smith had 12 points and 16 boards and Reeves Nelson contributed 10 points and eight boards.

The Bruins held a slim 25-24 lead at the break after holding Washington to just 21.2 percent first half shooting. Wilcox came to life in the second half, however, scoring all 24 of his points after the break, to spark a decisive 14-0 Washington run. The Huskies went 15-of-28 from the floor in the decisive second half, including 4-of-8 from beyond the arc.

For more news and information on tonight's game, be sure to read Bruins Nation.

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UCLA Vs. Washington: Bruins Try To Stay On Top In Pac-10

(Sports Network) -- Following a statement victory over then-No. 10 Arizona, the UCLA Bruins will look to continue their late-season surge, as they invade Bank of America Arena for a Pac-10 date with the Washington Huskies. UCLA downed Arizona 71-49 on Saturday to move into a tie with the Wildcats for first place in the Pac-10. The Bruins, who have won 12 of their last 14 games, now control their own destiny, and will finish no worse than first place in the league standings if they win their final two regular season games.

Washington last played on Sunday, in an 80-69 loss to Washington State. The Huskies have lost two of their last three after reeling off three consecutive victories from Feb. 10th to Feb. 17th. With respect to the all-time series, tonight's matchup marks the 130th meeting between UCLA and Washington. The Bruins currently hold a 91-38 lead, although the Huskies have won the last two meetings.

UCLA put together two solid halves of basketball - something it has struggled to do for the majority of the season - to upset Arizona on Saturday. Reeves Nelson led the dominating charge, tallying a career-high 27 points and 16 rebounds. Joshua Smith added 17 points and Tyler Honeycutt finished with 15 points for the surging squad. Defensively, the Bruins turned in an impressive performance, as they held the Wildcats to a season-low 49 points. The stifling effort has become a staple recently, as the Bruins ranks third in the Pac-10 in scoring defense (65.7 ppg) and field goal percentage defense (41.6 percent). They employ a balanced offense, as five players average at least 9.9 ppg. Nelson leads the way at 14 ppg, as the Bruins average 71 ppg.

On Sunday, poor shot selection and a leaky defensive effort led to a setback for Washington. The Huskies, who thrive on the long ball, forced several shots from beyond the arc, hitting just 1-of-13 attempts from deep in a first half that saw them net only 17 points. For the game, the Huskies hit just 8-of-27 three-pointers and shot just 33.8 percent from the field. Isaiah Thomas managed to have an efficient night in the loss, as he scored a team-high 21 points on 8-of-16 shooting. Matt Bryan-Amaning turned in a double-double of 14 points and 10 boards, while Justin Holiday finished with 11 points and five assists. Defensively, Washington turned in perhaps its worst 20 minutes of basketball in recent memory, allowing Washington State to score 56 second half points. Despite the lackluster effort on both sides of the ball, the Huskies still possess the top offense in the Pac-10 (85.4 ppg), which knocks down 9.1 three-pointers per game. Thomas and Bryan-Amaning prove to be a dangerous duo, as they average 16.9 and 16.5 ppg, respectively. On defense, the Huskies allow 70.9 ppg.

For more news and information on tonight's game, be sure to read Bruins Nation.

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