As we head into the final weekend going into regular season play, the top 3 teams are interchangeable. The rest of the Pac-12 are positioning for the conference tournament spots in Vegas.
1. Oregon (15-2, 26-4) – It’s been an impressive season for the Ducks and Dillon Brooks’ last second heroics at Cal coupled with Arizona’s loss at home to the Bruins puts them in the driver’s seat. They can seal the regular season title with a win over the Beavers.
2. UCLA (13-3, 26-3) – Lonzo Ball’s dad may be the only thing stopping the Bruins this season. I kid. The Bruins have run off 8 straight since losing 2 in January.
3. Arizona (15-2, 26-4) – A disappointing home loss to UCLA last Saturday, but Arizona finds itself with a slim hope of a share of the Pac 12 regular season title. Regardless, expect Arizona playing Friday and maybe Saturday next week in Vegas.
4. Cal (10-7, 19-10) – A loss to Stanford a couple weeks back hurt but Cal is hanging on to the right side of the bubble. They have two big games against Utah and Colorado before they head to Vegas. They’ll try to hold on to the fourth spot and get a bye in the Pac 12 tournament.
5. Utah (10-7, 19-10) – The loss to the Beavers hurt, but Thursday night’s win over Cal helped. May need a couple more wins in Pac 12 tourney to have a shot in the NCAA tournament.
6. USC (9-8, 22-8)– The way the Trojans gave away the ASU game is big and puts pressure on them to sweep the Washington schools. They probably need a win or two in Vegas to ensure their name is called Selection Sunday. Right now, they are projected in the tournament but need to keep winning.
7. Arizona State (7-10, 14-16) – A great come from behind win against USC has Bobby Hurley’s team set for Arizona. We won’t get our hopes up. Hurley has been riding upper classmen Torian Graham and Tra Holder this season.
8. Colorado – (7-10, 17-13) Remember when Colorado was 0-7 in conference? They are now 7-10 with a chance to win 8 games. Along with the games this week and the Pac-12 tournament, they may still win 20 games and get to the NIT.
9. Stanford - (6-11, 14-15) – A win against Cal and a close loss to Oregon shows that this team is playing well toward the end of the season.
10. Washington State - (6-11, 13-16)– The Cougars closed out the Huskies on Senior Day Sunday. Josh Hawkinson came up big one last time in front of the home crowd. But, the Cougars didn’t show up Wednesday and have the Bruins coming up.
11. Oregon State – (1-16, 5-25) It finally happened. The Beavers upset Utah to earn its first Pac 12 win and is out of the seller. It has another chance at an upset as it gets the Ducks before heading to Vegas.
12. Washington – (2-15, 9-20) Is the season over yet? If you were Markelle Fultz would you want to play for this team again? He didn’t against UCLA. Probably will sit out USC. The Huskies were swept by the Cougars this season and are now looking at a 13-game losing streak (this week at the LA schools plus one and done in the conference tourney) to end this terrible year.