This week in Pac-12 basketball

2013-02-20T00:00:00Z 2014-07-08T15:56:30Z This week in Pac-12 basketballPatrick Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 20, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Pac-12 Power Rankings

1. Oregon (21-5, 10-3) - Guard Dominic Artis is still "day-to-day" with a foot injury, Dana Altman said. "Not sure what his status will be come Thursday night or Saturday," the coach said, "but we sure would like to get him back."

2. Arizona (21-4, 9-4)

3. UCLA (19-7, 9-4) - By averaging 18.5 points per game, guard Shabazz Muhammad is seventh all-time among Pac-12 freshmen.

4. Arizona State (19-7, 8-5)

5. Cal (16-9, 8-5) - Mike Montgomery praised the recent play of the team's forwards, admitting the Golden Bears were a "two-trick pony for a while." The two: guards Allen Crabbe and Justin Cobbs.

6. Colorado (17-8, 7-6)

7. USC (12-14, 7-6)

8. Stanford (15-11, 6-7) - In the last six games, forward Dwight Powell is averaging 18.5 points and 10.3 rebounds.

9. Washington (14-12, 6-7)

10. Oregon State (11-14, 3-10)

11. Utah (11-14, 3-10)

12. Washington State (11-15, 2-11)

This week's games

Tonight

• Washington State at Arizona State, 8 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)

• Washington at No. 12 Arizona, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)

Thursday

• Cal at No. 23 Oregon, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)

• Utah at Colorado, 8 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)

• Stanford at Oregon State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

Saturday

• Washington State at No. 12 Arizona, 1 p.m. (FSAZ Plus)

• Cal at Oregon State, 4 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)

• Stanford at No. 23 Oregon, 6 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)

• Washington at Arizona State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

Sunday

• UCLA at USC, 1:30 p.m. (FSAZ)

Finley Five

Five facts, takeaways, opinions and hunches from Tuesday's conference call:

1. Monty's sorry. Cal coach Mike Montgomery apologized Tuesday for shoving guard Allen Crabbe during a sideline exchange Sunday. He was reprimanded but not suspended by the league Monday. "My fault," he said. "Totally out of character. Not acceptable. Just trying to push on. Kinda a firestorm out there right now." Montgomery said he talked with Crabbe's father, and "it was all positive." He planned to address the team Tuesday, too, "in terms of lessons learned." "I got a little excited in a tough situation," Montgomery said, "and it's come back to haunt me."

2. The most surprising stat line of the year: WSU guard Royce Woolridge scored a career-high 36 points in an overtime loss to Oregon. Ken Bone joked that, had he known Woolridge was capable of such scoring, he'd be playing him 40 minutes a game.

3. Chippy. Colorado forward Josh Scott is "in recovery mode" and "day-to-day" after receiving a concussion Saturday, coach Tad Boyle said. Scott was tangled with ASU center Jordan Bachysnki and received an elbow. Boyle said he spoke with Ed Rush, the Pac-12 officiating director, afterward. Meanwhile, Oregon center Tony Woods won't be suspended further after being ejected from the Washington State game for elbowing Brock Motum. "We're really disappointed in Tony's actions," UO coach Dana Altman said.

4. Coaches think the league could get six teams in the NCAA tournament. I still think the number's closer to five, if not four.

5. Think travel partners don't matter? Listen to Colorado coach Tad Boyle: "The thing that frustrates me as a coach is all the attention that was paid to our Arizona game - by everybody, media fans, players - and what happened to us down in Tucson. And maybe the lack of understanding from a lot of people about what that game Saturday night vs. Arizona State meant." The Buffs lost to ASU.

Last week's results

Wednesday

• Utah 60, Arizona State 55

• Oregon State 67, Washington State 66

• Oregon 65, Washington 52

Thursday

• Cal 76, UCLA 63

• Colorado 71, Arizona 58

• USC 65, Stanford 64

Saturday

• UCLA 88, Stanford 80

• Oregon 79, Washington State 77 (OT)

• Arizona State 63, Colorado 62 (OT)

• Washington 72, Oregon State 62

Sunday

• Arizona 68, Utah 64

• Cal 74, USC 68

The big number

32

Consecutive free throws made by Colorado's Spencer Dinwiddie. The school record is 45, made by Cory Higgins from 2010-11.

RPI

A look at the top Pac-12 teams' RPI scores, per ESPN, as of Tuesday:

10. Arizona

21. Colorado

37. Oregon

41. UCLA

54. Cal

70. Arizona State

73. Stanford

Dear Pundit

Track down the Pac-12 Pundit on Twitter at @PatrickFinley or at azstarnet.com/pac12pundit, and he'll answer your questions all week long. A sampling:

"Both games are a must-win for ASU this week?" - John

A: Think so. The 8-5 Sun Devils host the Washington schools, then travel to Los Angeles and to Tucson. A sweep this week would be huge, given that, with an RPI of 70, the Sun Devils still have a lot of work to do.

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