Now's the time when players bend over backwards for wins.
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If the NCAA tournament is the main course, the conference tourneys are the appetizers. Every time you turn on the TV somebody is trying to beat a buzzer.

TWIT-Pac welcomes the good stuff before the great stuff.

The 2011 Pac-10 Tournament schedule:

Wed. Mar. 9
(all times Arizona/Mountain)

Game Time TV
1 #8 Stanford #9 OSU 7 p.m. FSN
2 #7 Oregon #10 ASU 9:30 p.m. FSN

FSN = Fox Sports Net

Thu. Mar. 10

Game Time TV
3 #4 USC #5 Cal 1 p.m. FSN
4 #1 ARIZONA Game 1 Winner 3:30 p.m. FSN
5 #2 UCLA Game 2 Winner 7 p.m. FSN
6 #3 Washington #6 WSU 9:30 p.m. FSN

Fri. Mar. 11

Game Time TV
7 Game 3 Winner Game 4 Winner 7 p.m. FSN
8 Game 5 Winner Game 6 Winner 9:30 p.m. FSN

Sat. Mar. 12

Game Time TV
9 Game 7 Winner Game 8 Winner 4 p.m. CBS

Or, if you just gotta have a bracket, here you go.

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Wed. Mar. 9

#8 Stanford (15-15 / 7-11) vs. #9 OSU (10-19 / 5-13)
The Beavers went 1-7 down the stretch but that one win was against Stanford.

#7 Oregon (14-16 / 7-11) vs. #10 ASU (12-18 / 4-14)
The hottest teams in league are Cal (4 straight wins), Arizona (2 straight) and…ASU. Give the Devils credit; instead of rolling over and dying they won their final three home games, including a 20-point beating of the Ducks.

Thu. Mar. 10

#4 USC (18-13 / 10-8) vs. #5 Cal (17-13 / 10-8)
It’s the battle of six-man rotations! The Trojans are a trendy pick to make a run but I think Team Guti is more dangerous.

#1 ARIZONA (25-6 / 14-4) vs. Stanford/OSU
This looks like the perfect game for the Cats to wear someone down with their depth. Of course, that’s what I said before the USC game.

#2 UCLA (22-9 / 13-5) vs. Oregon/ASU

The Bruins dominated the UA in L.A. but limped to the finish by losing to Washington and barely beating a Klay-less Wazzu. They should play much better in front of their hometown fans.

#3 Washington (20-10 / 11-7) vs. #6 WSU (19-11 / 9-9)
Somebody in the state of Washington finally decided it wasn’t cool for Venoy Overton to party with 16-year-olds so the slumping Huskies will be short-handed. WSU’s Thompson got his suspension out of the way so the Cougars will be flying high.

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It’ll be interesting to see Sean Miller’s approach to the conference tournament now that he’s got a team good enough to win it. Lute Olson wanted nothing to do with it and it showed on the court.

If you want to see the Wildcats playing on Saturday Miller is saying all the right things. But does his performance at Xavier back it up? Miller did win the Atlantic-10 tournament one time but it was as a 10-seed. It’s interesting to note that his team was the conference’s #1 seed three times and they lost in the semifinals each time.

We’ll see if the Cats take their appetizers to go.

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