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December 16, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Joe Lunardi: Five Pac-12 teams will make NCAA tourney

ESPN’s Joe Lunardi released his latest NCAA tournament projections and the bracket guru has five Pac-12 teams making the tourney.

Here’s a look at conference teams in Lunardi’s bracket: Arizona (No. 1 seed, West), Oregon (No. 5, South), UCLA (No. 6, Midwest), Colorado (No. 6, South) and Arizona State (No. 11, West).

Lunardi believes ASU is a bubble team that squeezes into the tourney while Stanford is among the first four left out.

Here’s a look at the where the Pac-12 teams stand in the CBSSports.com RPI: Oregon (6), Arizona (8), Colorado (9), UCLA (44), California (69), Stanford (73), USC (74), Arizona State (82), Utah (111), Washington State (118), Oregon State (191) and Washington (200).

MONDAY MORNING LINKS:

— Washington traveled to New Orleans to play Tulane on Tuesday. It will be a 10-day layoff for the Green Wave (5-5), which hasn’t played since Dec. 7.

Dominic Artis and Ben Carter return to action Tuesday for Oregon after serving nine-game suspensions. Artis, arguably one of the Ducks’ best players, will come off the bench initially, said coach Dana Altman.

— Ignore the Ducks at your peril. In just his fourth season, Altman once again has Oregon poised to compete for a Pac-12 title.

— Arizona retained the No. 1 spot in the national polls. The Wildcats collected 63 of 65 first-place votes in the AP poll. They had 30 of 32 first-place votes in the USA Today/coaches’ rankings. The AP poll also had Oregon (No. 13) and Colorado (20th). The coaches ranking had the Ducks (11th), UCLA (22nd) and the Buffaloes(24th).

— Arizona’s Aaron Gordon probably should return for at least one more year.

Royce Wooldridge scored a game-high 20 points to lead Washington State to a 78-61 win over Pepperdine. The Cougars (5-4) shot a season-high 53.6 percent from the field and held the Wave to 38.5 percent shooting. Que Johnson came off the bench and scored 14 points while Jordan Railey had 10 for WSU.

Roberto Nelson and Devon Collier, the nation’s top scoring duo, combined for 44 points in Oregon State’s 98-66 victory over Maryland Eastern-Shore. Collier had 24 points and Nelson 20. Angus Brandt added 17 and Olef Schaftenaar had 10 off the bench. The Beavers (5-2) led 34-33 at halftime and outscored MES 64-33 in the second half.

— Thanks to a late rally, USC edged Cal State Bakersfield 63-58. The Trojans remains perfect at home (6-0) and improved to 7-3.

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