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Pac-12 Confidential

Bud Withers offers an inside look at the Pac-12 Conference and the national college scene.

March 3, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Only Pac-12 seeds 1-2 remain undecided

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.

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