This is going to be a very busy few days here at WFG Sports.  Nine Pac-10 men’s basketball teams are playing in postseason tournaments.  Two teams have advanced in the College Basketball Invitational.  One team has exited the National Invitational Tournament.  And six World Financial Group-sponsored Pac-10 teams start play in the NCAA tournament this Thursday. 

In addition, four Pac-10 Women’s teams will be playing in post season tournaments.  And our own “Kings of Canadian Curling”, the Ferbey 4, are in the midst of the 2009 Canada Cup of Curling. 

In the CBI, the Oregon State Beavers defeated Houston 49-45 Wednesday evening.  Sophomore forward Daniel Deane led the OSU scoring drive with 14 points and six rebounds.  The Beavers will move on to play Vermont on Monday.  Also in the CBI, the Stanford Cardinals had an easy first round outing, defeating Boise State 96-76.  Three Stanford players scored in double digits: Jeremy Green (19), Lawrence Hill (18) and Landry Fields (16).  The Cardinals next play Wichita State on Monday. 

However, the Washington State Cougars could not advance past the first round of the NIT.  The team of St. Mary’s (CA) was too strong for the Cougars and handed them a 68-57 loss.  WSU senior center Aron Baynes led the scoring for the Cougars with 19 points.

These WFG-sponsored Pac-10 teams started play in the NCAA tournament’s first round this past Thursday and Friday:

  • California took on Maryland.  Despite the 22 point effort by junior forward Theo Robinson, the Golden Bears fell short of a win by a score of 84-71.
  • Washington faced Mississippi State.  Junior forward Quincy Poindexter stepped up for the team with his 23 points as the Huskies rolled to a 71-58 victory over the Bulldogs. 
  • During a game aired on CBS prime time, UCLA faced VCU.  Five Bruins had double digit scoring in the 65-64 win.  Senior guard Darren Collison prevented a 17 foot shoot from VCU from scoring in the last second. 
  • Arizona State played Temple.  The Sun Devils proved to be too hot for the Owls, winning by a score of 66-57.  Both Jeff Pendergraph and Derek Glasser had 22 points in the game.
  • Arizona found Utah on the hardwood, and the Wildcats won over the Utes 84-71.  Four Arizona players had double digit scoring, led by Nic Wise’s 29.
  • USC “hoped it up” opposite Boston College and won by a score of 72-55.  Trojan Taj Gibson led all scoring with 24 points.

Five WFG-sponsored Pac-10 teams advanced to the second round, which was played this past Saturday and Sunday:

  • Twelfth seeded Arizona faced the thirteenth seeded Cleveland State Vikings.  Nic Wise led scoring again with 21 points on the Wildcat’s way to a 71-57 victory.
  • In a nail-biter, USC fell to the Michigan State Spartans 74-69.  Trojan Dwight Lewis led scoring with 19 in the loss.
  • In a real heartbreaker, the Boilermakers of Purdue handed Washington a 76-74 loss.  Husky forward Jon Brockman had a good day on the hardwood, though, with 20 points and 17 rebounds.
  • UCLA faced third seeded Villanova.  Alas, the Wildcats proved too tough for the Bruins by a score of 89-69.  Josh Shipp led the UCLA scoring drive with 18.
  • Finally, the Syracuse Orange outshined Arizona State with a 78-67 game.  Sun Devil Rihards Kuksilis scored 20 points and had a steal. 

Six Pac-10 teams entered “The Big Dance”.  One dance card remains.  Arizona, the lowest seed in the “sweet sixteen,” will face top seeded Louisville this Friday at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.  All of us at World Financial Group wish the Wildcats the best.   

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