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Basketball: Huskies’ loss tightens race

The Pac-12′s top six teams are within two games of one another . . . 

   – Oregon 82, Washington 57: The Ducks (17-7, 8-4) climbed into a three-way tie for third place and knocked the Huskies (16-8, 9-3) off their sole perch in first with a resounding win in Eugene. Oregon shot 64 percent in the first half and led 49-26 at the break. Reserve Carlos Emory had 16 points. UW had won five straight, but the threesome of Tony Wroten, Terrence Ross and C.J. Wilcox shot a combined 12 for 35.

   – Arizona 71, Colorado 57: The Wildcats (17-8, 8-4) won big at home on the heels of a sweep in the Bay Area and moved into that three-way tie for third with the Buffaloes (16-8, 8-4). Solomon Hill (16/14) and Jesse Perry (17/11) each had double-doubles for Arizona. Colorado dropped to 1-4 in Pac-12 road games despite a league-leading 15th double-double by Andre Roberson (12/11).

   – UCLA 72, Stanford 61: The Bruins (14-10, 7-5), prepping for Cal on Saturday, won for the fourth time in five games. Lazeric Jones had 21 points and six of UCLA’s 15 steals. Stanford (16-8, 6-6) lost its fifth in six games and tumbled into seventh place. Freshman Chasson Randle scored 16.

   – Washington State 83, Oregon State 73: The Cougars (13-11, 5-7) won for the first time in a conference road game, led by 24 points from Brock Motum. Jared Cunningham (San Leandro HS) scored 33 for the Beavers (15-9, 5-7), who had won four of five.

   — Arizona State 57, Utah 52: The Sun Devils (8-16, 4-8) got 12 points and six rebounds from Trent Lockett in his return after missing six games with an ankle sprain, and avenged a 21-point loss at Utah. The Utes (5-19, 2-10) dropped their sixth straight.

Jeff Faraudo

  • SteveNTEXAS

    Will someone not as lazy as myself (lol I have a court hearing to go to) please analyze the rest of the Pac 10 schedule for the top 6 teams and describe the pros and cons of each?

    Hey Jeff its already morning in Texas- come on!

  • DaveintheHills

    Here is Cal:

    Pro: holds tie-breakers over UW and Colorado (latter may change; we only play UW once this year, so that’s solid)
    Con:
    -4 of 6 remaining games are on the road, incl @Colorado (jeopardizing tie-breaker)
    - last three are on the road (chance to make @Stanford a home game though)
    -the hottest team, AZ, is only one game behind and holds tie breaker (we will not play them again)

  • rollonubears

    we need to win 4 of 6, including colorado, or 5 of 6 with a loss to colorado, if we want to have a shot. tomorrow is pretty much a must win. i don’t see us beating colorado with their depth, at that altitude. both of those are huge factors. only way we win outside of those factors is if we have a huge shooting night (also not likely given the altitude (propensity for balls to drift a couple inches), or if they have an awful shooting night.

  • Esquire Joe

    Ugh. I forgot about not getting to play AZ twice. Unfortunately, it looks like they have the “easiest” remaining schedule.

    Here’s who has what left. Of course, I’m sure many would quibble with my “Easy” and “Tough” characterizations. They’re just my opinions, and not necessarily according to hard data. E.g., playing at OSU is easy for Colorado, but tough for OR, because it’s a rivalry game. Or maybe some might think that getting OR at home should be an easy game for Cal, but I have it as tough because OR is also fighting for a top position in the conference standings.

    Cal: 4 “Tough” games (@UCLA, OR, @CO, @Stan); 2 “Easy” games (OSU; @Utah)

    UW: 3 Tough (AZ, @Wazzu, @UCLA); 3 Easy (@OSU, ASU, @USC)

    CO: 2 Tough (Cal, @OR); 4 Easy (@ASU, @Utah, Stan, @OSU)

    AZ: 2 Tough (@UW, UCLA); 4 Easy (Utah, @Wazzu, USC, @ASU)

    OR: 3 Tough (@Cal, @OSU, CO); 3 Easy (Wazzu, @Stan, Utah)

    Looks like AZ has the inside track, believe it or not.

  • Esquire Joe

    BTW, I forgot about Harper’s quest for 1,000 too.

    So is he one point away from 1k? And 5 rebs away from 500?

  • SteveNTEXAS

    Thanks for all the scenarios.