Basketball: UW routs USC, clinches title tie

Cal needs UCLA to topple Huskies on Saturday in order for the Bears to have a shot at a co-title . . .

   — Washington 80, USC 58: Terrence Ross had 18 points and and Darnell Gant had 14 points and nine rebounds as the Huskies (21-8, 14-3) clinched no worse than a share of the Pac-12 title with a win in Los Angeles. Byron Wesley scored 23 points for the last-place Trojans (6-24, 1-16), who lost their eighth straight game.

   — Oregon 90, Colorado 81: The Ducks (21-8, 12-5) moved into a tie for third place with idle Arizona as senior guards Devoe Joseph and Garrett Sim scored 24 and 19 points, respectively, in Eugene. The Buffaloes (19-10, 11-6) fell into fifth place despite 20 points from senior guard Carlon Brown.

   — UCLA 78, Washington State 46: One day after a blockbuster Sports Illustrated story on the decline of the UCLA program, the Bruins (17-13, 10-7) solidified their hold on sixth place, led by 18 points from senior Lazeric Jones. Brock Motum scored 18 for the Cougars (14-15, 6-11), who lost for the fourth time in five games.

   — Oregon State 77, Utah 67: The Beavers (16-13, 6-11) led by 21 at halftime and held on to move a step closer to just their second winning season since 1990. San Leandro HS product Jared Cunningham had 17 points and six assists for OSU. Dijon Farr scored 16 for the Utes (6-23, 3-14), who are 0-14 away from home.

Elsewhere . . .

   — Former Richmond HS star Wendell McKines had 19 points and 13 rebounds for his 17th double-double of the season — the 44th of his career — in New Mexico State’s 65-61 loss at Nevada.


Jeff Faraudo

  • 1brsfan

    These results lock us into no worse than the #2 seed in the tourney. I’m assuming Oregon will beat Utah. That means we’d get Oregon in the 2nd round of the tourney. Good or bad?

  • 1brsfan

    With the win Oregon climbs to #44 in the RPI. That improves our profile with 2 top 50 wins. Go Bears!

  • Jan K Oski

    2-0 against Oregon this year… What do you think 1brsfan?

  • mike

    Might be hard to beat Oregon 3 times but Cal seems to have their number. Favorable match ups. Go Bears!

  • Uh Huh!

    So, what happens to the Pac12 standings if Cal loses, and Oregon and Arizona both win, leaving 3 teams tied for 2nd with 5 losses?
    UW would have 1st, but then who would get 2nd, 3rd and 4th?

    Arizona beat Cal in their 1 meeting.
    Cal beat Oregon in both meetings.
    Oregon beat Arizona in their 1 meeting.

    Is it possible that Cal could finish anywhere from 1st to 4th come this final weekend?
    Please confirm.

  • 1brsfan

    Cal gets the tiebreaker by virtue of a 2-1 record against Oregon and AZ. Oregon gets 3rd on the head-to-head win vs. AZ.

    Assuming Oregon wins, Cal can get no worse than the 2 seed and hopefully the 1 seed.

  • Jeff Faraudo

    The analysis above is correct: If Cal, Arizona and Oregon finish in a three-way tie, Cal wins tiebreaker based on superior overall record in games involving all three. Cal would 2-1, Arizona, 1-1, Oregon 1-2 in those games. Then Oregon wins head-to-head tiebreaker vs. Arizona for the No. 3 seed.