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Basketball: This couldn’t really happen, could it?

By Jeff Faraudo
Thursday, March 7th, 2013 at 9:25 pm in Basketball, Pac-12 news.

Another domino fell Thursday night in the long-shot scenario that could allow Cal to sneak in the backdoor to get a piece of the Pac-12 title.

One night after the Bears lost 83-70 to Stanford in front of a sold-out Haas Pavilion, everyone else is doing their part on Cal’s behalf.

Oregon lost its grip on sole possession of first place, crushed 76-53 at Colorado to fall into a tie for second with UCLA. Both teams are 12-5 — one-half game ahead of the 12-6 Bears, whose regular season is over.

UCLA, of course, accomodated Cal’s needs by losing at Washington State on Wednesday.

The equation is getting a bit simpler now: If UCLA loses at Washington and Oregon loses at Utah, both on Saturday, Cal would own 33 percent of the title — and the No. 1 seed in next week’s Pac-12 tournament at Las Vegas.

Colorado (20-9, 10-7) dusted the Ducks and buoyed its own NCAA chances, despite playing without Andre Roberson, the nation’s top rebounder, sidelined by illness. Freshman Xavier Johnson responded with 22 points for CU.

Utah (12-17, 4-13), meanwhile, showed signs of life with a 72-61 win over Oregon State (13-17, 3-14). Freshman Jordan Leverage had 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Utes.

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  • Batmansf

    Don’t forget that the 3 way tie would become a 4 way tie if Arizona beats ASU in Tucson. But even with only 25% of the title the Bears would still be the 1 seed in that scenario.

    Most likely scenario though is a 2 or 3 seed playing against USC or Washington (assuming those 2 through make it through the first round).

  • Gobears49

    After the top four, USC, Colorado, and maybe Stanford are the most dangerous teams out there. I’ve seen all three play Cal recently, and I think USC has the most talent — they had the Bears on the ropes until they made a miraculous recovery. USC has great guards and some really good big men. I actually think USC will win the tournament.

    Cal needs at least one win to make the dance, but that won’t get them a decent seed.

  • rollonubears

    I would love a 12 seed. We can knock off a 5, which would be a low top-25 team. Then we have a shot to play a 4 for the sweet 16. It’s a bummer cal doesn’t match up well against Standard.

  • rollonubears

    If it’s really going to be considered a 25% share of a title, if this happens, we should just drape a 1/4 of a championship banner from the rafters. Either a 1/4 wide strip, horizontal or vertical, or a 1/4 sized rectangle. I suppose we could also do a diagonal cut of the banner into a triangle, and then slice it again into another triangle. Then it would look like a pennant. That could be cool. Maybe all 4 teams get together and make a 4-piece quilt?

  • ConcordBear

    Unless someone ends up alone in first the only real true champion will be winner of PAC tournament.
    Tournament champ has only automatic bid and will go in with a lot of momentum.
    Would love to see our guys get the schools first tournament championship.
    Crabbe, Cobbs and crew go out and seize the moment. This is your time to shine!

  • Rollonubears

    Winning the tourney championship would probably get us a 5 or 6 seed, but they’d be exhausted, and we’d still get hosed and have to play in Philly on Thursday. They always screw us.

  • Raf

    18-20 year olds don’t get exhausted… at least not physically. they can ball all day. emotional fortitude however is a different story.

  • BlakeStreetBear

    I could ball all day everyday at 19. Now, at 36, not so much…damn acl and achilles tears… ;)

    C’mon huskies, c’mon utes, c’mon wildcats. I want the 4-way tie, I want the #1 seed, I want a rematch with the furd in the p12 tourney!!!!

    Go Bears!

  • 1brsfan

    This is Cal we’re talking about. UCLA will lose and Utah will blow a big lead and Oregon will win at the buzzer and deny us the share of the conference.

  • BlakeStreetBear

    Disagree 1brs, both ucla and ore LOSE at the buzzer! Pac12 Champs! Believe it. Go Bears!

  • 1brsfan

    From your lips to God’s ears BSB!

  • rob bear

    PAC 12 Champ sounds a lot better than second place. I don’t care if it’s a 7-way tie; the team(s) with the best record(s) at the end of conference are the champions and that’s all there is to it. You are more than welcome not to claim it, but I am sure that the university and most fans will. Do your job Washington and Utah and let’s win it in absentia! Go BEARS!

  • Rollonubears

    Frustratingly close! Officials in the UW game like like they might get a nice payout from ucla alums. I’ll take a 2 seed tho. Not much different than 1 if we make it thru 2 games anyway. I guess we’d play Oregon in round 2?

  • Mitchie V

    One down. One to go.
    Go Huskies!