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Basketball: Two weeks to go, little resolved

There are two weeks left in the Pac-12 regular-season race and although Arizona appears to have a firm grip on first place, there are critical issues left unsettled.

The top four finishers earn first-round byes in the Pac-12 tournament and at least five more teams have legitimate designs on those spots.

“With the four games left,” Cal coach Mike Montgomery said, “some people have tougher jobs than others, but eveyrone’s got a chance.”

Here’s a look at the upper half of the conference and what lies ahead for each team:

* ARIZONA (12-2, 25-2)
vs. Cal, Wednesday, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)
vs. Stanford, Sunday, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
at Oregon State, Wednesday, March 5, 8 p.m. (FoxSports1)
at Oregon, Saturday, March 8, 1 p.m. (CBS)

* UCLA (10-4, 21-6)
vs. Oregon, Thursday, 8 p.m. (FoxSports1)
vs. Oregon State, Sunday, 6 p.m. (FoxSports1)
at Washington, Thursday, March 6, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)
at Washington State, Saturday, March 8, 8 p.m. (FoxSports1)

* CAL (9-5, 18-9)
at Arizona, Wednesday, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)
at Arizona State, Saturday, 3 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)
vs. Utah, Wednesday, March 5, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
vs. Colorado, Saturday, March 8, 3:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)

* STANFORD (9-5, 18-8)
at Arizona State, Wednesday, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
at Arizona, Sunday, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
vs. Colorado, Wednesday, March 5, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)
vs. Utah, Saturday, March 8, 11:30 a.m. (Pac-12 Networks)

* COLORADO (9-6, 20-8)
at Utah, Saturday, 11 a.m. (Pac-12 Networks)
at Stanford, Wednesday, March 5, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)
at Cal, Saturday, March 8, 3:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)

* ARIZONA STATE (8-6, 19-8)
vs. Stanford, Wednesday, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
vs. Cal, Saturday, 3 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)
at Oregon, Tuesday, March 4, 8 p.m. (FoxSports1)
at Oregon State, Saturday, March 8, 1:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)

Jeff Faraudo

  • BlakeStreetBear

    Shock the world again Bears! I mean why the heck not?

  • GoBears49

    Regarding who gets into the dance, it would be interesting for Jeff to write about and others to comment on what counts more in making that determination — the order of a team’s ranking in league (not the league tournament except, or course the winner of the that tourney, which thus gets into the NCAA’s) or in the RPI. I think it’s the latter, which if the Pac – 12 gets six teams in, could allow Oregon (#5 in league RPI but 6 – 8 in league) and Stanford (#6 in league RPI and 9 – 5 in league) to get in over Cal (#7 in league RPI and 9-5 in league. Maybe, in his next analysis, Jeff should add Oregon to his list. Also, Utah (#8 in league RPI and 7 – 8 in league, but it has an 18 – 9 overall record, the same as Cal)

    http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/rpi/_/sort/RPI

  • BlakeStreetBear

    Cal’s RPI will rise before the season ends, that much is certain. They still play az, asu, cu, all with high RPIs. And when they win a couple of those, ;) , and crush utah, win a couple (at least) in the pac12 tourney, I think they rise to a solid 6 seed and prolly roll into the FF! It could happen. Go Bears!