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March 2, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Morning links: Nine Pac-12 teams separated by three games

With two regular-season games left, the best Washington can finish in the Pac-12 is 10-8.

There are three teams (Arizona, UCLA and Arizona State) with at least 10 conference wins and Stanford can become the fourth on Sunday if the Cardinal are able to upset the third-ranked Wildcats and hand them first loss this season at McKale Center. The Huskies (16-13, 8-8) are rooting for Arizona to knock off Stanford (18-9, 9-6).

Arizona (26-2, 13-2) is guaranteed the No. 1 seed in the Pac-12 Tournament, but everything else is a jumbled mess. Nine teams are separated by just three games.

Here’s a look at the Pac-12 standings.


— After Arizona State’s 78-60 rout over California, the Sun Devils (21-8, 10-6) claimed sole possession of third place in the Pac-12 standings. The win also gave ASU an 8-1 home conference record for just the third time in 36 seasons. They last did it in 1980-81. The Sun Devils were 16-1 at home overall. They finish the regular season with road games in Oregon. Against Cal, Jermaine Marshall scored 22 points and Jonathan Gilling matched his season-high with 15 and Arizona State pulled away in the second half. ASU led 29-24 at halftime and outscored Cal 49-36 in the second half.

— California is 4-7 in its past 11 games and their last four defeats have been lopsided losses. However, the Golden Bears (18-11, 9-7 Pac-12) can still finish no worse than fifth in the conference by winning their final two games, and a top-four finish — and first-round bye in the Pac-12 tournament — is possible. Against ASU, Justin Cobbs scored 15, Jordan Matthews 14 and David Kravish 12 for the Bears at the end of a rough trip to the desert.

Jordan Loveridge scored 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting and Delon Wright also had 21 to lead Utah to a 75-64 victory over Colorado. It was the final home game for the Utes. They had an 18-1 record this season at Huntsmen Center and 7-2 in the conference. With the win Utah (19-9, 8-8) is tied with Washington and Oregon in seventh place in the Pac-12.

Colorado lost its second straight game and things don’t get any easier as the Buffaloes finish the season next week at Stanford and California. Two weeks ago, Colorado (20-9, 9-7 Pac-12) seemed like a lock to make the NCAA tournament, but the Buffs are staring at potentially five straight defeats heading into Selection Sunday. Against Utah, Josh ScottĀ had 17 points and Xavier Johnson added 10. A stretch of 11 minutes, 30 seconds in the middle of the game cost CU. The Buffs were outscored 23-2 and they had 10 turnovers during Utah’s run.

Mike Moser is playing well late in the season. The senior forward had 20 points and 12 rebounds while Joseph Young added 16 points for Oregon, which broke open a close game midway through the second half to beat USC California 78-63 at Galen Center. Jason Calliste scored 13 points and Elgin Cook 12 for the Ducks who outscored the Trojans 17-3 in the final 9 minutes to reach the 20-victory plateau for the fourth straight season — just the second time in school history they’ve accomplished that feat. Oregon (20-8, 8-8) earned its fifth straight victory and eighth consecutive win over USC.

Pe’Shon Howard led USC (10-19, 1-15) with 20 points — all but four in the first half. Byron Wesley added 12 points for the Trojans, who lost their 10th straight game and remain in last place in the Pac-12. They also lost 10 in a row to complete the 2011-12 season.

— Nice feature on Arizona senior guard Jordin Mayes who will start for the third-ranked Wildcats against Stanford on Senior Day.

— UCLA guards Kyle Anderson and Jordan Adams, who were suspended from Thursday’s loss to Oregon, are expected to start today against Oregon State.

— It’s been 26 years since Oregon State swept UCLA. However, that historical fact is somewhat irrelevant for the Beavers who need a win Sunday to remain in the hunt for a favorable seed in the Pac-12 Tournament. With a victory, OSU moves into a four-way tie with UW, Oregon and Utah for seventh place in the Pac-12. And a loss drops OSU to 10th.


Stanford (18-9, 9-6) at No. 3 Arizona (26-2, 13-2), 5 p.m. PT ………. ESPNU
Oregon State (15-12, 7-8) at UCLA (21-7, 10-5), 6 p.m. ………….. Fox Sports 1

Picks: Arizona and UCLA
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