**Updated 10:47 a.m.**
Regardless of what happens today between UCLA and USC, the Huskies will remain in a fourth-place tie with Arizona. Repeating as Pac-10 champions is beyond UW’s control. It would need a lot of help.
California, the conference leader, would need to lose two games and Arizona State also has to loose. Those teams play each other Feb. 27.
Here’s our game story from UW’s 78-61 win at Stanford, which snapped a seven-game road losing streak.
AROUND THE PAC-10:
— Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins lamented the Cardinal’s free throw shooting woes. It converted just 11 of 24 at the line.
— You think UW had a long wait between road victories, try waiting three decades for a win. That’s what Oregon State went through. The Beavers provided the stunner of the weekend when they went to Tucson, Ariz. and snapped a 27-year losing streak at Arizona with a 63-55 victory.
I loved Paul Buker’s lead in the Oregonian: “The last time Oregon State beat Arizona at McKale Center the average income in the U.S. was $21,070, a Dodge Ram truck was $5,665 off the showroom floor, the price of gas was $1.25 a gallon and Men at Work were cashing in with their hit single, “Down Under.”
— Arizona is 13-12 overall and 7-6 in Pac-10 and the Arizona Daily Star writes: “The Wildcats will likely need to either win all their remaining five regular season games or have a successful run in the Pac-10 Tournament to get in the NCAA field.” Arizona has a 25-year NCAA tournament streak.
— The California Golden Bears, which beat Washington State 86-70, has the look of a champion. Cal received production from all parts of the roster, including reserve guard Jorge Gutierrez, who had career-highs of 15 points and six assists plus four steals and four rebounds.
— If Cal is looking like a champion, then the Cougars look like road kill after losing five of the past six games.
— It wasn’t pretty, but Arizona State’s 61-51 victory over Oregon kept the Sun Devils in the hunt for its first Pac-10 championship, just a game behind leader California with five to play.
— That’s three straight losses for the Ducks. Just as distressing, senior guard Tajuan Porter, is laboring when he was expected to be one of the leaders in the Pac-10. He was 1-of-11 from the floor and 1-of-8 from three-point range against Arizona.
— The Los Angeles Times takes an interesting look at today’s only Pac-10 game, a matchup between UCLA and USC and Nikola Dragovic and Nikola Vucevic, a pair of Serbia and Montenegro standouts playing college basketball in the United States.