* 8 p.m. Wednesday at Haas Pavilion (ESPNU)
The race has tightened.
Oregon’s 85-78 win over Arizona State on Wednesday night — the Ducks’ sixth straight victory — leaves seven teams within a game-and-a-half of each other in the middle of the Pac-12 standings.
Here’s the current logjam from third through ninth place: Arizona State 10-7, Colorado 9-7, Stanford 9-7, Cal 9-7, Oregon 9-8, Utah 8-8, Washington 8-8.
There is a lot at stake this week, including NCAA tournament prospects. But the more immediate issue is the seven-way battle for the final two top-four finishes in the conference standings, the reward for which is a first-round bye in the Pac-12 tournament.
Arizona has clinched the title at 14-2 and UCLA is second at 11-5.
After that, mayhem.
There are too many mathematical possibilities to cover them all, but here’s what the Bears’ game Wednesday night against Utah means to the Bears:
– A win and Cal sits in a tie for third place at 10-7 with ASU and the winner of Wednesday night’s game between Colorado and Stanford.
– A loss and the Bears slide into a four-way tie for fifth place with Utah, Oregon and the loser of the Colorado-Stanford game.