1. (1) California (17-8, 9-4; RPI rank: 24)
Recent results: Beat Washington State 86-70; Beat Washington 93-81.
Just five wins from clinching first conference title in 50 years. … Jerome Randle was named the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week on Tuesday after averaging 28.5 points and leading the Bears to a pair of wins last week. He needs nine points to pass Lamond Murray (1,688) into second place on Cal’s all-time scoring list. Sean Lampley (1,776) is first. … Cal is 11-0 when it shoots 50 percent or better from the field.
Up next: Thursday at Oregon State; Saturday at Oregon.
2. (2) Washington (17-8, 7-6; 52)
Recent results: Won 78-61 at Stanford; Lost 86-70 at Cal.
Sophomore guard Isaiah Thomas needs 38 points to reach 1,000 points. He has 962, which is the second highest total by a UW player in their first two seasons. Only Doug Smart (1,021) scored more. … After hitting shooting .677 percent on free throws (65 of 96) in their past three home games, the Huskies converted .821 percent (46 of 56) at the line during last week’s road games in the Bay Area.
Up next: Thu. vs. USC; Sat. vs. UCLA.
3. (3) Arizona State (18-8, 8-5; 64)
Recent results: Beat Oregon 61-51; Beat Oregon State 56-46.
The Sun Devils won four of their past five games against the conference bottom feeders. … Tough finish for ASU. Next three games are on the road, including Sunday’s contest at cross-state rival Arizona, before hosting the LA schools in the final week. ASU has already lost to four of its five remaining opponents. … ASU is the only current conference member that has never won a men’s basketball Pac-10 regular-season title.
Up next: Sunday at Arizona.
4. (6) USC (15-9, 7-5; 84)
Recent results: Beat UCLA 68-64.
The Huskies aren’t the only team with road troubles. The Trojans are 1-6 in true road games. … USC has the fourth best defense in the country, allowing an average of 56.3 points. Only two opponents have scored more than 67 points. … F Nikola Vucevic has led the Trojans in rebounding in each of the past seven games. During that span, he’s averaging 11 per contest.
Up next: Thu. at UW; Sat. at WSU.
5. (4) UCLA (11-13, 6-6; 134)
Recent results: Lost 68-64 at USC.
UW fans will get its first up-close look at freshman F Reeves Nelson, who will remind many folks of a young Jon Brockman. Nelson is second in the conference shooting .625 from the field. … Senior G Michael Roll is averaging 16.2 points in the past six games. He’s appeared in 139 games and is on pace to break the school record (142) held by Darren Collison and Alfred Aboya.
Up next: Thu. at WSU; Sat. at UW.
6. (8) Oregon State (11-13, 5-7, 184)
Recent results: Won 63-51 at Arz.; Lost 56-46 at ASU.
Since Washington scored 76 points, the Beavers have not allowed an opponent more than 66. In Pac-10 games OSU is second in points allowed, yielding 59.3 points per game. … Four of its last six games are at home. … Freshman G Jared Cunningham has started the past seven games in place of senior Josh Tarver.
Up next: Thu. vs. Cal; Sat. vs. Stan.
7. (5) Arizona (13-12, 7-6; 86)
Recent results: Lost 63-51 to OSU; Beat Oregon 70-57.
Big loss Saturday to OSU cripples Arizona’s chances to earn an at-large NCAA tournament berth. … Four of the last five games are against teams in the top half of the Pac-10 standings. … If the Wildcats make the tournament, it would be the first team in NCAA history to make four consecutive tournaments with four different head coaches. … UA’s strength of schedule is No. 2 in Sagarin rankings. … No school in the top-six power conferences has played more road/neutral-site games than Arizona’s total of 12.
Up next: Sun vs. ASU.
8. (10) Stanford (11-14, 5-8; 155)
Recent results: Lost 78-61 to UW; Beat WSU 60-58.
The Cardinal return to the road where it is 0-10 in true road games and 1-11 away from Maples Pavilion. … Landry Fields is seventh in the nation in scoring with a 22.5 points per game average. … Backup G Gabe Harris (foot) returns to practice this week and is expected to be available.
Up next: Thu. at Ore.; Sat. at OSU.
9. (7) Washington State (15-10, 5-8; 119)
Recent results: Lost 86-70 at Cal; Lost 60-58 at Stanford.
With three weeks remaining, the Cougars could become the first team officially eliminated from the Pac-10 title race if they lose and Cal wins Thursday. … WSU has lost five of the past six games. … Coach Ken Bone blamed himself for contributing to Sunday’s defeat against the Bears because he collected a technical foul during a critical stretch. … WSU hosts UCLA and it has lost 16 straight to the Bruins in Pullman. The last win was in 1983. …Reserve F Charlie Enquist (left ankle) is out this week.
Up next: Thu. vs. UCLA; Sat. vs. USC.
10. (9) Oregon (12-12, 4-8; 158)
Recent results: Lost 61-51 to ASU; Lost 70-57 to Ariz.
The Oregonian ran an online poll this week asking if coach Ernie Kent should be retained. Nearly 2,900 readers responded and the “No” response led with 70 percent of the votes. … The Ducks have used 14 different lineups. … Junior G LeKendric Longmire returns Thursday after missing the past six games due to an academic issue. … Senior F Joevan Catron, who has not played since Nov. 21 because of back spasms, will not return.
Up next: Thu. vs. Stan.; Sat. vs. Cal.