"Reason to worry: Washington State. The Cougars desperately need to beat LSU in Baton Rouge on Saturday for a nonconference win that will stand out in March. The Cougs had a difficult stretch, but losses to Pitt in New Jersey and Gonzaga and Baylor at home help the power rating, if not the image, of a possible NCAA team. Washington State did beat Mississippi State in New Jersey, but the Bulldogs aren't looking NCAA-ready now.
Who's going dancing?: UCLA and Arizona State should make it with some room to spare. Arizona is playing well enough to likely warrant a spot. USC is figuring out how to defend, freshman DeMar DeRozan is improving and the Trojans will likely be a tough out. OK, so that's four spots the Pac-10 likely can count on in March. Stanford and Cal have done enough to be in position to earn bids if they can challenge for a top-five finish in the league. Washington State and Washington have work to do. "
the rest of the article with more detail on the other teams is here:
I don't like to think that we are tied with UW for 7th right now. But hopefully we can go 5-1 in our next 6 games (@LSU, UW, Stan, Cal, @OR St, @ OR). Then we would be 13-4 with a tough 6 game stretch upcoming. Either way it will be nice to play like competition, not top 5 teams and Montana States. After we play the next two, we will know quite a bit about where we stand.