Saturday’s four Pac-12 basketball games did a lot to crystallize the picture for next week’s Pac-12 tournament. Only seeds 1-2 remain unresolved with two regular-season games remaining Sunday: Cal at Stanford and Arizona at Arizona State.
Here’s the situation:
Seeds 1 and 2 — With Washington’s loss to UCLA, Cal holds the key to the 1-2 question. If the Bears win against Stanford, they get the No. 1 seed and Washington No. 2, on the basis of Cal’s win at the UW in January.
No. 3 — Oregon locked it up with its obliteration of Utah.
No. 4 — Arizona backed into it when Colorado fell at Oregon State. That renders the UA-ASU game meaningless on the seeding front, but a loss by ‘Zona would be a big hit to its NCAA-tournament hopes.
No. 5 — UCLA moved into this spot by beating the Huskies, while Colorado fell into a tie in the standings with the Bruins with its loss at Oregon State. The Bruins beat Colorado so they have the tiebreaker. And imagine, the Bruins get a first-round game with their crosstown rival, USC. Tickets are going fast at the Staples Center, but plenty still available.
No. 6 — The Buffs dropped, partly because they haven’t figured out the riddle of the road.
No. 7 — Stanford is locked in, with a 9-8 league record, and the Cal result won’t change that.
No. 8 — Washington State ends up tied in the standings with Oregon State but gets this seed because of two victories over the Beavers. In its LA weekend, the Cougars scored a grand total of 89 points and split two games.
No. 9 — Oregon State.
No. 10 — Arizona State.
No. 11 — Utah.
No. 12 — USC.
Thus, the first round pairings: UCLA meets USC (sorry about the initial mistake; I corrected it), Colorado gets Utah in a battle of Pac-12 newbies, then it’s Stanford-Arizona State and WSU-Oregon State. The UCLA-USC winner goes on to meet Arizona and the Colorado-Utah survivor gets Oregon. The Stanford-ASU winner moves on to face the No. 2 seed, and the WSU-OSU winner gets the top seed.