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Pac-12 Basketball: Washington, Stanford Capable Of A Tournament Run?

Can the Washington Huskies or the Stanford Cardinal surprise the Pac-12 and win the tournament to get into the Big Dance?

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Which of the teams outside of the top six in the conference standings could you see making a run towards the end of the season and in the Pac-12 Tournament?

Jack Follman, Pacific Takes: I mentioned it earlier this week in my predictions, Washington could make a surprise run and win at least a couple games. They are experienced, talented and Romar's teams have tended to play best as the regular season winds down.

Gekko Mojo, UW Dawg Pound: UW is probably better than their record given how poorly their shooters have shot for a big chunk of the P12 schedule. However, their bench is not nearly as deep as in years past and that is an obstacle that is difficult to overcome in a tournament like this. I'd give USC the best chance at making such a run, however unlikely it might be.

Andy Wooldridge, Building The Dam: Stanford. The Cardinal have a lot of talent, and are the team that could beat anyone on a given night.

Matt Takimoto, Addicted to Quack:
/checks to see who's actually outside the top six right now.

No.

NorcalNick, California Golden Blogs: Stanford would be my pick. This is supported by the computers/stats, which indicate that the Cardinal have been about as good as the other teams in the top six, but incapable of winning close games. But they have a deep team and playing multiple games in multiple days shouldn't be a big issue. If they start playing up to the potential that many experts saw before the season started (and that has been flashed on rare occasions) then they could make a run.

But I really don't think it'll actually happen.

Adam Butler, PacHoops: All season long I've liked what the Stanford Cardinal have been working with and much of the season long I haven't liked the way the Stanford Cardinal have worked it. That said, they are still capable of beating any team on any night. The lasting issue I see, however, has been a perceived "quit" in their last few contests. They let a meddling Oregon team utterly take it to them and laid that significant home egg against the LA schools.

Sean Reynolds, Block U: Washington probably has the talent to do it, but I think Stanford is also very capable. Beyond them, though? I don't see it.