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Basketball: ASU is No. 2, UW is No. 3

By Jeff Faraudo
Thursday, March 4th, 2010 at 10:13 pm in Basketball, Gameday.

But Pac-10 seedings still up for grabs . . .

 AROUND THE PAC-10

– Arizona State 59, USC 54: The Sun Devils (21-9, 11-6) got 24 points from Rihards Kuksiks and clinched second place with their win over the Trojanas (16-13, 8-9). Derek Glasser added 11 points, topping 1,000 for his career. USC didn’t help itself with two terrible decisions down the stretch. Forward Leonard Washington was called for offensive interference after unnecessarily grabbing the rim on a shot by Dwight Lewis that was going in, and Lewis inexplicably drove the ball into the lane with 6 seconds left while USC trailed by three points.

– Arizona 78, UCLA 73: The Wildcats (15-14, 9-8) rallied from a double-digit hole to beat the Bruins (13-16, 8-9), who are headed to just their third losing season since WWII. Kyle Fogg scored 26 for the Wildcats, freshman Derrick Williams had 12 points/12 rebounds and freshman MoMo Jones scored 16. Michael Roll and Nikola Dragovic had 21 and 19 points, respectively, for the Bruins.

– Washington 86, Oregon 72: The Huskies (20-9, 10-7) clinched third place and avenged a home loss to the Ducks (14-15, 6-11), who remain tied for last place with Washington State. Quincy Pondexter had 34 points, 10 rebounds and six assists for UW. Tajuan Porter had 18 points and Michael Dunigan had 16 points and 10 rebounds for Oregon.

– Oregon State 59, Washington State 55: Freshman Jared Cunningham of San Leandro had a career-high 20 points on 7-for-8 shooting and eight steals and the Beavers (14-15, 8-9)  forced 21 turnovers in the victory. The Cougars (16-13, 6-11) got 18 points on 7-for-11 shooting from sophomore Klay Thompson, who broke out of a 4-for-35 shooting slump over the previous three games,

– Pac-10 standings: Cal 12-5, Arizona State 11-6, Washington 10-7, Arizona 9-8, Oregon State 8-9, UCLA 8-9, USC 8-9,  Stanford 7-10, Oregon 6-11, Washington State 6-11. 

PAC-10 TOURNAMENT SEEDINGS/MATCHUPS

   We don’t have all the matchups, but here’s what we do know (and, remember, USC is ineligible and not part of the equation):

– No. 1 seed Cal will play Thursday against the winner of the Wednesday night game between Nos. 8 & 9. That still could be any of three teams: Stanford, Oregon or Washington State.

– I originally goofed on the Nos. 2 and 3 spots. Arizona State has clinched second place, but not the No. 2 seed. If the Sun Devils lose Saturday and Washington wins, they’ll tie for second place but UW gets the No. 2 seed because it has a win over first-place Cal.

–If Cal beats Stanford on Saturday, the Cardinal will fall to 7-11 and into a tie for the No. 7-8 spots with the winner of Saturday’s game between WSU and Oregon. The loser of that game is No. 9. Stanford swept Oregon and owns that tiebreaker, so if Oregon beats WSU, Stanford is the No. 7 seed and avoids playing Wednesday night. Stanford and WSU split their games, and both went 0-2 against Cal, ASU, UW and UCLA, so that doesn’t settle the tie. But WSU has the tiebreaker edge over Stanford against either Arizona or USC, so if WSU beats Oregon, the Cougars are No. 7 and Stanford falls to No. 8 and would play Oregon on Wednesday night . . . unless Stanford beats Cal.

LOCAL HEROES

Colgate senior Kyle Roemer (Concord-De La Salle HS) was named to the all-Patriot League first team. Roemer finished second in the league scoring race at 18.9 ppg . . . Wendell McKines (Richmond HS) had 13 points and 13 rebounds in New Mexico State’s 100-92 loss to Nevada . . . Dominic Calegari (Berkeley-St. Mary’s HS) had 14 points, five rebounds, three blocks and three steals but UC Davis lost 70-66 to Cal State Northridge.

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