March 2, 2001
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - A win by Stanford over UCLA on Saturday would clinch at least a share of the Pac-10 championship for the Cardinal. In the event of a tie for the Pac-10 title, co-champions would exist. The Pac-10 tie-breaker is only used to determine the automatic qualifier for the NCAA Tournament, and not a sole Pac-10 champion.
If UCLA defeats Stanford, and both teams win their final two games next week, the two schools would share the Pac-10 title as co-champions. Using the Pac-10 tie-breaker (head-to-head competition), UCLA would receive the Pac-10's automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. If UCLA wins out and Stanford loses to either Arizona State or Arizona, the Bruins would win the title outright. UCLA has already defeated Stanford in its earlier meeting this season at Stanford.
What about Arizona? Arizona not only has a shot for at least a share of the Pac-10 championship, but could win the title outright. In order to win the title outright, Arizona would need to win out, Stanford would have to lose its last three, and UCLA would need to defeat Stanford and lose both games in Washington next week. Two scenarios exist for Arizona to share the title. 1) Arizona win's out, Stanford loses to UCLA and Arizona, and UCLA would need to defeat Stanford and lose one of its games in Washington. Or, 2) Arizona would need two wins (one must be over Stanford), Stanford would have to lose its last three, and UCLA would have defeat Stanford and lose both games in Washington.