PAC-10 TOURNEY PREVIEW: Team capsules

  • Tue Mar 9th, 2010 6:24pm
  • Sports

By Scott M. Johnson Herald Writer

California

(21-9, 13-5)

Key player

G Jerome Randle (18.7 ppg)

Will make a run if … Bears’ experience continues to win them

Could stumble if … Randle’s inconsistent shooting persists

Arizona State

(22-9, 12-6)

Key player

C Eric Boateng (8.6 ppg)

Will make a run if … Boateng can dominate smaller frontlines

Could stumble if … Sun Devils’ 3-point shooting is off target, as was the case against Cal

UW

(21-9, 11-7)

Key player

C Matthew Bryan-Amaning (8.7 ppg)

Will make a run if … Defensive energy holds up for three nights

Could stumble if … Bryan-Amaning reverts to his early season ways

Arizona

(16-14, 10-8)

Key player

G Nic Wise (14.4 ppg)

Will make a run if … F Derrick Williams and the freshmen class play like upperclassmen

Could stumble if … Wise goes cold for long stretches

UCLA

(13-17, 8-10)

Key player

G Malcolm Lee (12.4 ppg)

Will make a run if … Youngsters all come together at the right time

Could stumble if … The Bruins can’t keep scores in the 50s and 60s

Oregon State

(14-16, 8-10)

Key player

F Seth Tarver (10.4 ppg)

Will make a run if … Tarver and the Beavers’ defense can carry OSU’s plodding offense

Could stumble if … The Beavers can’t find a way to come out of the blocks fast

Stanford

(13-17, 7-11)

Key player

F Landry Fields (22.2 ppg)

Will make a run if … The Cardinal’s defense can hold opponents to 65 points or less

Could stumble if … Fields has to continue to carry the load on his own

Oregon

(15-15, 7-11)

Key player

G Tajuan Porter (11.9 ppg)

Will make a run if … Hot-and-cold backcourt can stay hot for four games

Could stumble if … The Ducks continue to have defensive lapses

WSU

(16-14, 6-10)

Key player

F Klay Thompson (19.6 ppg)

Will make a run if … The Cougars’ outside game can compliment WSU’s fast-break offense

Could stumble if … Thompson continues to struggle with his shot

Southern Cal is not eligible to play in the tournament