Basketball: In jumbled Pac-10, Stanford shares second place, Bears tied for fourth

Here’s what the topsy-turvy Pac-10 looks like after 2 1/2 weeks:

Pac-10 standings
Washington     4-1
Arizona           3-1
Stanford          3-1
Cal                 2-2
UCLA              2-2
USC                2-2
Oregon St.      2-3
Washington St. 2-3
Arizona St.     1-3
Oregon          1-4

— Stanford 58, No. 17 Washington 56: Josh Owens scored on a tipin with 29 seconds left and the Cardinal (10-5, 3-1) knocked off the Huskies (12-4, 4-2).  Owens finished with 14 points, Jeremy Green scored 12 and freshman Dwight Powell had 11 points and seven rebounds. Justin Holiday scored 15 and Isaiah Thomas 14 for UW, which shot 36 percent, made only 8 of 26 attempts from 3-point range and had its six-game win streak snapped.

— Oregon 68, USC 62: The Ducks (8-9, 1-4) christened the new Matthew Knight Arena with their first Pac-10 win of the season. Five Oregon players scored double digits, led by Johnathan Loyd with 12 points. USC’s Nikola Vucevic had 11 points and 13 rebounds for his 10th double-double of the season.

— UCLA 62, Oregon State 57: The Bruins (10-6, 2-2) squandered all of a 17-point second-half lead before pulling the road win. Reeves Nelson and Lazeric Jones each scored 13 points for UCLA. Roberto Nelson scored 13 points for OSU (7-9, 2-3) while Jared Cunningham (San Leandro HS) had six steals and five assists but shot just 1 for 9.

Jeff Faraudo

  • Paul Thomas

    Doesn’t seem that topsy-turvy to me– the top tier (Washington, Arizona) are at the top, the bottom tier (the Oregons) are near bottom, the rest are near .500. WSU and ASU are a bit worse than expected and the Bay Area teams a bit better, but otherwise, looks pretty near par to me.

  • jeh

    Four or five games into the schedule is much too early to talk about top, middle, or bottom tier.

    Pretty much every year there are surprises, and Stanford may be this year’s. As a Bear fan/follower, from what has happened so far, it is easy to believe that Stanford may well prove to be better than one of the so-called “top tier” teams, meaning Arizona.

    However, it is not time to type-cast any of the teams.
    Over the season each team plays home and away with every other team in the league to sort out the pecking order.

    At this point, one can expect the league to be “jumbled.”