Almost halfway through the Pac-12 season and four teams have two losses. Let’s take a look at the standings.
California (16-5, 6-2) and Oregon (15-5, 6-2) are sitting at the top followed by Colorado (13-6, 5-2) and Washington (12-7, 5-2).
Stanford (15-5, 5-3) and Arizona (13-7, 4-3) are falling out of contention after road defeats Saturday.
Washington State (11-8, 3-4) and UCLA (10-9, 3-4) can’t afford to lose many more games if they’re going to stay in the race while Oregon State (13-7, 3-5), Arizona State (6-13, 2-5), Utah (5-14, 2-5) and USC (5-15, 0-7) have stumbled badly in the first half of the conference season.
ABOUT LAST NIGHT:
— Here’s the highlights from Washington’s 76-63 win over Stanford thanks to Patrick Blair.
— Great photos from Dean Rutz, which gives you a feel of how physical the game was.
— After UW’s impressive win, Steve Kelley wrote: “This is how the Huskies have to play. This is Ro-Ball, not the timid, passive game the Huskies have played for too much of this season.”
— Mason Kelley penned a story for the Mercury News. He spoke with Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins about Tony Wroten Jr. “Tony Wroten was as advertised,” Dawkins said. “He was a great player tonight, and that usually helps.”
— Washington State’s Faisal Aden will likely win the Pac-12 Player of the Week award after scoring 33 points Thursday and 24 on Saturday in a 77-74 win over Cal.
— Cal dropped a golden opportunity to separate itself from everyone else in the conference.
— Oregon grabbed a share of the Pac-12 lead with a 75-68 win over UCLA.
— It was a tale of halves for the Bruins. Good in the first, but lousy in the second.
— Colorado may have the best home court advantage in the conference. The Buffaloes are a different team at Coors Events Center where they beat Arizona 64-63.
— The Wildcats are wondering if Colorado’s high altitude had anything to do with them shooting 3 of 20 on three-pointers.
— Washington plays at Arizona State on Thursday and the Sun Devils are reeling after an embarrassing 64-43 loss at Utah.
— The 19-point win was the best game for the Utes against a Pac-12 opponent.
— Form Sonics great Gary Payton was on hand to watch his former team Oregon State beat USC 78-59.
Corrected: 6:05 p.m.