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Pac-12 Confidential

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

March 6, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Best of college hoops on the final regular-season weekend . . .

Herewith, our final serving of the best of college basketball for couch potatoes in the next few days. Saturday is a choice day in particular, marked by the Arizona-Oregon game and Duke-North Carolina.

Monday night will be the semifinals of the West Coast Conference tournament from Las Vegas at 6 and 8 p.m., teams and slots to be determined. The WCC is running a day later than in recent years with the addition this season of Pacific to make it a 10-team league, thus ending the double-bye format that has been in place for the top two seeded teams. Those two, Gonzaga and BYU, will need to play three games to win the title rather than two.

Thursday

Memphis at Cincinnati, ESPN, 4 p.m. Bearcats track title in first-year American Conference.

Iowa at Michigan State, ESPN, 6 p.m. Spartans, getting healthy, bear watching.

UCLA at Washington, ESPN2, 6 p.m. Win a must if UW is to make a late run.

USC at Washington State, ESPNU, 8 p.m. Only if you’re deeply into college hoops.

Saturday

Kentucky at Florida, CBS, 9 a.m. Wildcats need to get it turned around.

SMU at Memphis, ESPN2, 9 a.m. Check out Larry Brown’s latest creation.

Connecticut at Louisville, CBS, 11 a.m. Season has been something of a struggle for ‘Ville.

Utah at Stanford, Pac-12 Networks, 11:30 a.m. If there’s a Pac-12 tournament darkhorse, might be the Utes.

Arizona at Oregon, CBS, 1 p.m. Big chance for Oregon to make a statement.

Arizona State at Oregon State, Pac-12 Networks, 1:30 p.m. Not a whole lot riding here, except Pac-12 seeding.

USC at Washington, Pac-12 Networks, 1:30 p.m. Senior day for the Huskies.

Colorado at California, Pac-12 Networks, 3:30 p.m. NCAA incentive for both teams.

North Carolina at Duke, ESPN, 6 p.m. Imagine: Both have 3 more ACC losses than Virginia.

Gonzaga vs. Pacific/Santa Clara winner, ESPN2, 6 p.m. Zags try to duplicate strong final week.

UCLA at Washington State, Fox Sports 1, 8 p.m. On same weekend last year, Cougars upset Bruins.

Sunday

Virginia at Maryland, CBS, 9 a.m. Cavaliers could even squeeze into No. 1 seed.

Michigan State at Ohio State, CBS, 1:30 p.m. It’s Aaron Craft’s last home game.

Monday

WCC semifinal No. 1, ESPN, 6 p.m.

WCC semifinal No. 2, ESPN2, 8 p.m.

Tuesday

WCC final, ESPN, 6 p.m.

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