Past the midpoint in the college basketball regular season and nearing the quarter pole in the Pac-12 race, Washington moved into a third-place tie following its 71-54 win over No. 15 Colorado on Sunday.
The Huskies (11-6) are tied with the Buffaloes (14-3) at 3-1 in the conference. They trail Arizona (4-0) and California (3-0). Washington can claim sole possession of second place in the league standings Wednesday with a win at Cal.
Pac-12.com has video highlights of the Huskies’ big win over CU. Little known fact: The Buffaloes hadn’t beaten UW in Seattle since Dec. 21, 1956.
MONDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Perhaps the biggest stunner in the Pac-12 on Sunday was in Eugene, Ore. where Stanford handed No. 17 Oregon its third straight defeat, 82-80 at Matthew Knight Arena. Anthony Brown scored a career-high 24 points and Chasson Randle had 23 points for the Cardinal (10-5, 1-2 Pac-12), who beat its second ranked team this season. Dwight Powell also had 14 points and six assists.
— Oregon opened the season 13-0 but hasn’t won since beating Utah in overtime on Jan. 2. The Ducks have since lost to No. 15 Colorado, California and Stanford. They have allowed an average of 92.6 points in those games. Coach Dana Altman told the Oregonian: “We’re going to have to try something different because what we’re doing now isn’t working.” Against the Cardinal, the Ducks (13-3, 1-3), who had two chances to tie the game in the final 8 seconds. However, they missed an open jumper and a last-ditch layup rolled off the rim as time expired. Mike Moser led Oregon with 24 points.
— No. 1 Arizona beat USC 73-53 Sunday night to improve to 17-0 for the best start in school history. T.J. McConnell and Brandon Ashley each scored 19 points, Nick Johnson 15 and Aaron Gordon 12. The 1931-32 Wildcats held the previous record for best start at 16-0.
— Meanwhile, the Trojans (9-7, 0-3) are the only Pac-12 team without a conference win.
— Maybe Washington State should stop playing games in Spokane. The Cougars picked up its first Pac-12 win in its first true home game Sunday, a 49-46 victory over Utah. The Cougars (8-8, 1-3) rallied from a 12-point deficit. They were down 24-19 at halftime. Que Johnson led the way with 14 points, including 10 at the free throw line.
— It’s been a miserable road trip for Utah, which lost two games in the state of Washington by a combined five points. The Utes fell to 12-4, 1-3.
— In a battle of the Pac-12′s best point guards, UCLA freshman Zach LaVine stole the show from teammate Kyle Anderson and Arizona State star Jahii Carson. LaVine scored 19 points to lead UCLA to an 87-72 win. In their personal matchup, Anderson got the better of the duel. The 6-9 sophomore nearly recorded a triple double (17 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists) for UCLA (13-3, 2-1), which beat ASU for the seventh time in eight games.
— Carson’s Pac-12 MVP candidacy received a serious blow. He had nine points on 4-for-17 shooting and committed four turnovers. Arizona State’s NCAA tournament hopes also got dinged. The Sun Devils fell to 13-4, 2-2.
— And finally, here’s my Associated Press top 25 ballot.
1. Arizona (17-0)
2. Syracuse (16-0)
3. Wisconsin (16-0)
4. Michigan State (15-1)
5. Villanova (15-1)
6. Wichita State (17-0)
7. San Diego State (14-1)
8. Florida (13-2)
9. Oklahoma State (14-2)
10. Kentucky (12-3)
11. Iowa State (14-1)
12. Baylor (13-2)
13. Iowa (14-3)
14. Ohio State (15-2)
15. Louisville (14-3)
16. Kansas (11-4)
17. UMass (14-1)
18. Creighton (14-2)
19. Cincinnati (15-2)
20. Memphis (12-3)
21. Colorado (14-3)
22. Duke (12-4)
23. UCLA (13-3)
24. Pittsburgh (15-1)
25. Oklahoma )13-3)
In — Iowa, Cincinnati, Memphis, Pittsburgh and Oklahoma
Out — Oregon, North Carolina and Gonzaga