Friday’s Morning Shootaround: The Pac-10 race gets a lot clearer

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No. 10 Wisconsin 77, Indiana 67: Jordan Taylor had 39 points — on 55 possessions — last night. Damn!

Seton Hall 84, No. 15 St. John’s 70: Jeremy Hazell had 31 points, but it was Steve Lavin’s ejection that is going to get folks talking today.

Tennessee 73, South Carolina 69: The Vols came close to blowing a 20 point first half lead, but 49 combined points from Scotty Hopson and Tobias Harris — who had a career-high 25 — helped to hold off the Gamecock comeback. Even with a loss here, Tennessee probably wasn’t in too much danger of losing their bid, but the win helps them stay in the hunt for second in the SEC East.

Washington 70, UCLA 63: CJ Wilcox scored all 24 of his points in the second half as the Huskies got a huge win for their bubble hopes. U-Dub came into this game in a bit of trouble. They don’t have much at the top of their resume, they haven’t been able to win on the road, and they have some ugly losses. This win just about punches their ticket to the dance, although losing to USC on Saturday and then in the first round of the Pac-10 tournament would be less than ideal.

No. 18 Arizona 70, Oregon State 59: Thanks to UCLA’s loss, Arizona is now in sole possession of first place in the Pac-10. With a win over Oregon at home on Saturday, the Wildcats will be conference champs once again.

Washington State 85, USC 77: The Trojans had slim bubble chances coming in, and those are all but dashed. Wazzu, on the other hand, might have to be looked at again if they can knock off UCLA on Saturday.

Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @ballinisahabit.