The most interesting game today is Arizona-Arizona State.
Because a win by the Sun Devils could be what snaps Arizona's streak of 24 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, and what would be better than snapping a rival's streak? On the other hand, can Arizona State really beat Arizona in the Pac-10 tournament?
Or anybody in the Pac-10 tournament?
That's obviously a silly question.
But considering the Sun Devils haven't won a Pac-10 tournament game since 1990, perhaps it's not. Seriously, ASU has dropped six consecutive Pac-10 tournament games. Combine that with the fact that it did not qualify for the tournament in 2004, and that the league didn't hold a tournament from 1991 to 2001, and it is true that the Sun Devils are looking for their first Pac-10 tournament win since they beat Gary Payton's Oregon State Beavers in 1990.
Of course, James Harden didn't arrive at ASU until the 2008 Pac-10 tournament.
And Jeff Pendergraph wasn't involved in anything before the 2006 Pac-10 tournament.
Those two people will likely be the key to Arizona State breaking this streak if Arizona State does break this streak, and would you believe it if I told you Pendergraph could be more crucial than Harden? Consider: In ASU's past four games against Arizona (all of which were wins, by the way), Pendergraph is 24-of-38 (.632) from the floor and 22-of-26 (.846) from the free throw line. He is averaging 17.5 points and 10.0 rebounds. Meanwhile, Arizona's Jordan Hill -- a projected top five pick in June's NBA Draft -- is 21-of-51 (.411) from the floor and 12-of-18 (.667) from the free throw line in those four games. He's averaging 13.5 points and 10.3 boards.
Yes ... at least statistically over their past four match-ups.
So that's a good sign for Arizona State, I think. But if Pendergraph -- who had 27 points and 10 boards in last weekend's win over California -- doesn't dominate Hill, there's always this (from the blog of the Arizona Republic's Doug Haller): ASU is 5-0 in games that have started before 1 p.m. local time.
Today's tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET.
In Los Angeles, that's noon.
For ASU, that's good.