1. (1) California (20-9, 12-5, RPI rank: 23)
Recent results: Beat Arizona State 62-46; Beat Arizona 95-71.
Coach Mike Montgomery says Golden Bears want to win the outright Pac-10 championship and doesn’t plan on resting players in next week’s conference tourney. … Jerome Randle needs 44 points to become Cal’s all-time leading scorer, surpassing Sean Lampley’s 1,776 points (1998-01). Randle is third on the school’s all-time assists list.
Up next: Saturday at Stanford.
2. (2) Arizona State (20-9, 10-6; 58)
Recent results: Lost 62-46 at Cal; Won 68-60 at Stanford.
Senior G Derek Glasser needs nine points to reach 1,000 points. … Senior C Eric Boateng was a perfect 11 of 11 from the field in last week’s win at Stanford. Only three other players in Pac-10 history have made as many shots without a miss (Oregon’s Bryce Taylor, ASU’s Tommy Smith and UCLA’s Marques Johnson.)
Up next: Thursday vs. USC; Sat. vs.UCLA.
3. (4) Washington (19-9; 9-7; 60)
Recent results: Won 59-52 at Washington State.
Potentially the next four games are against teams that play a zone defense. UW finishes the regular season with Oregon and Oregon State. The Huskies are likely to face OSU in the second round of the Pac-10 Tournament and could meet Arizona State in the semifinals. … Quincy Pondexter has scored fewer than nine points in four of the past seven road games.
Up next: Thu. at Oregon; Sat. at Oregon State.
4. (5) UCLA (13-5, 8-8; 117)
Recent results: Lost 70-68 to Oregon; Beat OSU 65-56.
Freshman F Reeves Nelson (left eye injury) missed two games last week and it’s doubtful he’ll return this week. … Want to know why the Bruins are so bad? Look no further than the highly touted 2008 recruiting class. Jrue Holiday (left early for NBA), Drew Gordon (transferred to New Mexico), Malcolm Lee (playing out of position at PG), Jerime Anderson (slowed by injuries) and J’mison Morgan (reported to camp out of shape).
Up next: Thu. at Ariz.; Sat. at ASU.
5. (7) Oregon State (13-5, 7-9; 183)
Recent results: Won 49-44 at USC; Lost 65-56 at UCLA.
If the season ended today, the Beavers would finish seventh in the conference, which would be their highest finish since 2005. … OSU is 10-1 when leading at halftime. … Over the past four games, freshman F/C Joe Burton is averaging 8.8 points and 8 rebounds. In the previous 12 Pac-10 games he averaged 2.1 points and 2.8 rebounds.
Up next: Thu. vs. WSU; Sat. vs. UW.
6. (8) Arizona (14-14, 8-8; 95)
Recent results: Won 71-69 at Stanford; Lost 95-71 at Cal.
Freshman G/F Kevin Parrom has a foot injury and could miss this week’s game, which is a big blow because he’s Arizona’s best perimeter defender. … It will be interesting to see how much momentum the Wildcats will have after Lamont Jones’ last-second game-winner at Stanford. Also interesting to note coach Sean Miller had his only upperclassmen (senior Nic Wise and junior Jamelle Horne) on the bench in the final seconds against the Cardinal.
Up next: Thu. vs. UCLA; Sat. vs. USC.
7. (10) Oregon (14-14, 6-10; 175)
Recent results: Won 70-68 at UCLA; Won 54-44 at USC.
This season, a pair of road wins constitutes a red-hot streak, which moves the Ducks from the cellar of the rankings where they’ve resided the past two weeks. … G Tajuan Porter snapped a shooting slump last Saturday when he connected on 7 of 9 three-pointers at UCLA. Prior to the Bruins game, Porter was 6 of 31 (.194) on treys in the previous seven games.
Up next: Thu. vs. UW; Sat. vs. WSU.
8. (6) Stanford (13-16, 7-9; 137)
Recent results: Lost 71-69 to Ariz.; Lost 68-60 to ASU.
The Cardinal is 1-3 in games decided by two points or less, including a heartbreaking defeat at home to Arizona on Sunday. Said coach Johnny Dawkins: “It’s important that we play well this weekend heading into the Pac-10 Tournament. … My kids have been terrific all year in regards to bouncing back and that’s something that we will have to do again.”
Up next: Sat. vs. Cal.
9. (3) USC (16-12, 8-8; 78)
Recent results: Lost 49-44 to OSU; Lost 54-44 to Ore.
Big fall in the rankings for the Trojans who appear as if they’ve began the offseason two weeks early. “We’re a little fried as a team,” coach Kevin O’Neill admits. “I think our team is a little bit worn down.” O’Neill is partly to blame for the late-season swoon because he’s used a short rotation this season, requiring players to play long minutes. … USC, which has been eliminated regular-season title race and banned from the postseason, has lost any incentive to finish strong on the road against a pair of tough teams.
Up next: Thu. at ASU; Sat at Ariz.
10. (9) Washington State (16-12. 6-10; 127)
Recent results: Lost 59-52 to UW.
Coach Ken Bone has a problem. Truth be told, he has many problems, but his chief concern is correcting whatever is troubling leading scorer Klay Thompson, who is in a two-week shooting funk. Thompson’s body language after last Saturday’s defeat was awful. He looked like he wanted to cry. Missing 31 of 35 shots will do that. … Bone said Thompson and Reggie Moore “may hit the wall.” He said: “Teams can afford to focus on Klay and Reggie because we don’t have other threats on the arc.”
Up next: Thu. at OSU; Sat. at WSU.