Shocking results once again during another crazy, unpredictable night in the Pac-12. The bizarre night night included:
— Two players scoring at least 30 points and not one was named Jahii Carson.
— No. 1-ranked Arizona being pushed – again – until the final minutes.
— No. 17 Oregon losing – again.
— And one of the longest, most unusual winning streaks in the Pac-12 survived.
It’s an off day in the Pac-12 as teams prepare for this weekend’s games.
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— No. 15 Colorado, which plays at Washington on noon Sunday, stayed in Spokane following Wednesday’s 70-68 overtime over Washington State. The Buffaloes will fly to Seattle on Friday.
— California freshman guard Jordan Mathews scored a season-high 32 points and the Golden Bears upset No. 17 Oregon 96-83 at Matthew Knight Arena. His previous personal best was 22. It was Cal’s 12th straight win over Oregon. Justin Cobbs had 20 points and 11 assists for the Golden Bears (11-4, 2-0 Pac-12), who shot 52.6 percent and had five players in double figures. Richard Solomon added 16 points and nine rebounds.
— How good is Cal coach Mike Montgomery? He took an injury-depleted team on the road and knocked off a ranked team. It was also the 12th straight win over Oregon for Cal. The Golden Bears have not lost to the Ducks in six years. Their last defeat: a 92-70 Oregon victory at Cal in 2008.
— Jabari Bird better return soon from an ankle injury or else he might get back and find Matthews cemented as Cal’s newest star. Admittedly, Oregon players said Matthews, a seldom-used reserve, didn’t factor into their defensive game plan.
— Oregon (13-2, 1-2) lost consecutive games for the first time this season. The Ducks have a handful of amazing players who can flat-out score, such as newcomers Joseph Young, who tallied 29 points, and Mike Moser, who had 15 points and 10 rebounds Thursday night. But if coach Dana Altman doesn’t figure out a way to shore up a generous defense, then Oregon is going to make a short postseason run.
— The Ducks added five players to the team this week. However, it’s uncertain if any will be able to contribute much this season.
— No. 1 Arizona blew a 13-point lead with 6:16 to play and committed a season-worst 17 turnovers. However, the Wildcats withstood UCLA’s late run to beat the Bruins 79-75 in its Pac-12 road opener, equaling the best start in school history at 16-0. Arizona is 3-0 in conference. Nick Johnson cemented his front-runner league MVP status with a game-high 22 points. Kaleb Tarczewski added 16 points while Gabe York (three three-pointers) had 12 and Aaron Gordon 1o.
— In front of a star-studded, sold-out Pauley Pavilion crowd, UCLA did well to make things interesting in the final minutes. Kyle Anderson ad 16 points and 11 rebounds and Jordan Adams added 12 points and a career-high 11 rebounds for the Bruins (12-3, 1-1). Both had 11 rebounds and they combined to convert just 10 of 30 shots from the field. Collectively, they were 1 of 7 on three-pointers.
— On paper, USC center Omar Oraby looked as if he’d give Arizona State’s Jordan Bachynski a real challenge in a battle of 7-footers. In reality, the Sun Devils center dominated his matchup, which led ASU to a 79-60 victory at Galen Center. Bachynski had 20 points and 12 rebounds while Jahii Carson added 18 points. ASU improved to 13-3, 2-1.
— Oregon State’s new starting lineup shut down Stanford during an 81-72 win at Gill Coliseum. Roberto Nelson, the Pac-12 leading scorer, tallied a team-high 21 points. Meanwhile Eric Moreland finished with 17 points, 15 rebounds, four blocks and four assists. The Beavers improved to 9-6, 1-2.
— Chasson Randle scored 30 points and Dwight Powell added 13 points and 10 rebounds for Stanford (9-5, 0-2).