1. (1) California (18-9, 10-5; RPI rank: 23)
Recent results: Won 64-49 at Oregon; Lost 80-64 at Oregon State.
A sweep at home this week and the Golden Bears clinch at least a share of the Pac-10 title. Cal is 13-1 at Haas Pavilion. … Saturday’s game against second place Arizona Sate is being billed as the Pac-10’s game of the season.
Up next: Thursday vs. Arizona; Saturday vs. Arizona State.
2. (3) Arizona State (19-8, 9-5; 58)
Recent results: Won 73-69 at Ariz.
Five days after being arrested for driving with a suspended license, Ty Abbott dropped 28 points on cross-state rival Arizona. Obviously the incident wasn’t a distraction. … At 4-3, ASU is the only team with a winning road record in the conference.
Up next: Thu. at Stanford; Sat. at Cal.
3. (4) USC (16-10, 8-6; 78)
Recent results: Lost 51-47 at Washington State; Won 67-64 at Washington.
Coach Kevin O’Neill: “For us we got eight hours of basketball left to play. We only got four games. Try to win out. Try to do the best we can. No matter what, our players have done a great, great job.” … Might have lost the Pac-10 title with the loss to WSU.
Up next: Thu. vs. Ore.; Sat. vs. OSU.
4. (2) Washington (18-9, 8-7; 60)
Recent results: Beat UCLA 97-68; Lost 67-64 to USC.
Has the road curse gone away? We’ll find out over the next two weeks. … Huskies rank seventh nationally, averaging 81.1 points per game.
Up next: Sat. at WSU.
5. (5) UCLA (12-14, 7-7; 117)
Recent results: Lost 97-68 at UW; Beat WSU 71-51.
Freshman F Reeves Nelson has a minor tear in left eye that had to be surgically repaired with a laser. He’s listed as questionable this week.
Up next: Thu. vs. OSU; Sat. vs. Ore.
6. (8) Stanford (13-14, 7-8; 137)
Recent results: Won 65-55 at OSU; Won 72-65 at Ore.
Finally broke through and snapped a 10-game road losing streak with a sweep in Oregon. … Senior F Landry Fields is the only player averaging more than 20 points in Pac-10 games. … Another reason for excitement? Scout.com ranks the Cardinal’s recruiting class No. 1 in the Pac-10.
Up next: Thu. vs. ASU; Sat. vs. Ariz.
7. (6) Oregon State (12-14, 6-8; 183)
Recent results: Lost 65-55 to Stanford; Beat Cal 80-64.
A loss and a Cal win eliminates the Beavers from the conference title race. … Still, coach Craig Robinson sounds as if he’s already looking forward to the Pac-10 Tournament. “We feel we can put together a three-game streak. Harder for teams to prepare for us than for us to prepare for them,” he said. … A good start is imperative because the Beavers are 10-1 when leading at the half.
Up next: Thu. at UCLA; Sat. at USC.
8. (7) Arizona (13-13, 7-7; 95)
Recent results: Lost 73-69 to ASU.
Since ending the first half of the conference season tied for first, the young Wilcats are 1-4 and fading fast. Traveling to the Bay Area won’t help their problems. … While most freshman have hit the proverbial rookie wall, F Derrick Williams has scored in double digits in all but three games. He’s collected nine rebounds in each of the past two games.
Up next: Thu. at Cal; Sat. at Stan.
9. (9) Washington State (16-11, 6-9; 127)
Recent results: Beat USC 51-47; Lost 71-51 to UCLA.
The Cougars are desperately fighting to climb out of the ninth spot in the conference, which would mean an extra game in the Pac-10 Tournament. They trail OSU by a half game. … Sophomore F Abe Lodwick replaced Nikola Koprivica Saturday and scored 11 points in arguably the best game of his career.
Up next: Sat. vs. UW.
10. (10) Oregon (12-14, 4-10; 175)
Recent results: Lost 64-49 to Cal; Lost 72-65 to Stan.
The good news? The Ducks finish the season with four teams they’ve beaten this season. The bad news? They’ve lost five in a row for the second time this season. … Coach Ernie Kent continue to tinker with the starting lineups as he did the past two games. This season Oregon has used 16 different lineups.
Up next: Thu. at USC; Sat. at UCLA.