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Basketball: The Pac-10 loses its mind

By Jeff Faraudo
Friday, February 4th, 2011 at 1:16 am in Basketball, Gameday.

Bet you didn’t see this coming: If Cal beats Arizona on Saturday at Haas, the Bears are one game out of first place.

Here are the standings at this moment: 

Pac-10 standings
Arizona 8-2
Washington 7-3
UCLA 7-3
Cal 6-4
WSU 5-5
Everyone else 4-6
ASU 1-9

Here’s how it got that way . . .

– Oregon State 68, No. 20 Washington 56: The Huskies (15-6, 7-3) continue to be road Dawgs, losing for the third time in six Pac-10 games away from home. The Beavers (9-12, 4-6) had lost three in a row and six of seven, but beat a ranked team for the first time since 2006. Jared Cunningham (San Leandro HS) scored 19 for OSU. Scott Suggs scored a career-high 18 for UW, but star guard Isaiah Thomas was held to nine points. Over the past two games — both losses — he is shooting 5 for 24 with 14 turnovers. An RPI killer?

– Oregon 69, Washington State 43: The Ducks (11-11, 4-6) got 17 points from Joevan Catron, never trailed and kicked the Cougars (15-7, 5-5) into fifth place four nights after they beat Washington. WSU shot 26 percent, made only 4 of 25 from 3-PT and conference scoring leader Klay Thompson was 4 for 13 for 12 points. More bad news coming after this one from your friends at RPI.

– No. 21 Arizona 78, Stanford 69: An oasis of sanity at Maples Pavilion on a crazy night in the Pac-10? Well, the Cardinal (11-10, 4-6) hung close for a long while, but the Cats (19-4, 8-2) rode 21 points from Derrick Williams into sole possession of first place. Stanford’s Jeremy Green had his highest scoring game (21 points) since Jan. 2, but continues to struggle from the 3-PT line, where he is 15 for 57 the past nine games.

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  • uh oh

    ‘uh oh’ gets to still post occasionally for other teams:

    In regards to WSU, JF, don’t you mean to write:
    “More bad news coming after this one from your friends at ‘RIP’ “.

  • Uh Huh!

    Cal is alone in 4th place 10 games into the Pac10 season.
    Does anybody know where one can acquire an Edible Hat?

  • milo

    Considering Cal played UA and UCLA tough and close away, the Bears look to be in good, if not great, position.