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Nikki Blue aiming to upset

Most observers expected to see tonight a third match-up between the top two teams in the conference, with #1 seed Stanford battling #2 seed Arizona State. The third-seeded Bruins of UCLA had something to say about that Sunday and instead will face the Cardinal in the Pac-10 Tournament championship. Is that good or bad news for Stanford? The answer depends on what you want from this game.

Heading into tonight's Pac-10 Tournament final, Stanford is going to the NCAA Tournament.  There has been no mystery for the Cardinal who, as the conference's regular season champion and best team through the breadth of the year, has had a lock on the Big Dance for their postseason plans.  There is the matter pride - the Card would like to collect the Pac-10 Tournament title for a fourth...

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