This week in Pac-12 basketball

2012-02-15T00:00:00Z This week in Pac-12 basketball Arizona Daily Star
February 15, 2012 12:00 am

THIS WEEK'S GAMES

Today

• USC at UCLA, 8:30 p.m.

Thursday

• Arizona at Washington State, 7 p.m. (FSAZ)

• Oregon State at Stanford, 8 p.m.

• Oregon at Cal, 8:30 p.m.

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

Saturday

• UCLA at St. John's, 11 a.m. (CBS)

• Arizona at Washington, 1 p.m. (FSAZ)

• Colorado at Utah, 3 p.m. (FSAZ)

• Arizona State at Washington State, 6 p.m.

• Oregon State at Cal, 8 p.m.

Sunday

Oregon at Stanford, 5:30 p.m. (FSAZ)

Last week's results

Thursday

Arizona State 57, Utah 52

Arizona 71, Colorado 57

Washington State 83, Oregon State 73

California 75, USC 49

UCLA 72, Stanford 61

Oregon 82, Washington 57

Saturday

Arizona 70, Utah 61

California 73, UCLA 63

Oregon 78, Washington State 69

Colorado 63, Arizona State 49

Sunday

Washington 75, Oregon State 72

Stanford 59, USC 47

Pac-12 Power Rankings

1. Cal (20-6, 10-3)

2. Washington (17-8, 10-3) - Forward Terrence Ross has scored in double figures 14 times in the past 15 games.

3. Oregon (18-7, 9-4) - The Ducks' only two losses in the past nine games have come by one and five points.

4. Arizona (18-8, 9-4)

5. Colorado (17-8, 9-4)

6. UCLA (14-11, 7-6)

7. Stanford (17-8, 7-6) - Josh Owens' 58.2 career field-goal percentage would be fifth all-time at Stanford.

8. Oregon State (15-10, 5-8)

9. Washington State (13-12, 5-8)

10. Arizona State (8-17, 4-9)

11. Utah (5-20, 2-11) - Center David Foster, out for the season with an injury, has been told by coaches he can return to the team next season after a medical redshirt, if he wants.

12. USC (6-20, 1-12)

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:

Q: I hope they won't expand the conference. Your thoughts about possible Pac-12 expansion? - Dmitriy

A: I can't see the league adding more teams, though I could foresee a future - maybe five or 10 years from now - with 50 or 60 football powers breaking out onto their own. In that case, football conferences could be much different than we know them now.

Q: How much should we read into Oregon's blowout win over Washington? - Dave

A: A lot. I think UW is the league's most talented team, but a 25-point loss, even on the road, looks bad on NCAA tournament selection committee paperwork. As my dad likes to say, good teams don't get blown out.

The list

Three burning questions we stumbled upon Tuesday:

• What in the world happened to Washington? The Huskies lost by 25 at Oregon on Thursday but recovered to top Oregon State two days later.

"I thought we did a good job of bouncing back," UW coach Lorenzo Romar said. "That was a loss for us you'd love to have back.

"Oregon played so well, I'm not sure how much difference that would have made …

"Oregon, I don't know how many teams would have beat them that night.

"I'm not sure how many teams we would have beat that night. It was just not a good night for us all around."

• Is Jorge Gutierrez an NBA player? Oregon coach Dana Altman said yes - "He makes everyone better around him," Altman said of the Cal guard - but USC coach Kevin O'Neill was a bit more dubious, citing his 6-foot-3-inch frame.

"That's a tough size if you're not a true point (guard)," O'Neill said. "Whether he's a true point or not, nobody really knows.

"At the two-guard spot, that's a challenge. ...

"Dwyane Wade? Kobe? There's an easy night."

• Did someone figure out Stanford? After starting 15-3 and 5-1 in league play, the Cardinal has gone 2-5, including four road losses.

Coach Johnny Dawkins said league teams are double-teaming forward Josh Owens, and generally have a good scouting report.

"Everyone knows everyone in the conference," he said.

The big number

10

Straight games of double-digit scoring for Oregon State forward Devon Collier

RPI

A look at Pac-12 RPI scores:

36. Cal

62. Washington

66. Arizona

67. Oregon

74. Colorado

105. Stanford

124. UCLA

143. Oregon State

150. Washington State

229. Arizona State

230. USC

274 Utah

A Little Help

After it plays rival USC today, UCLA will travel cross-country to face St. John's on Saturday in New York City.

In a year in which the Pac-12 has struggled mightily in nonconference games, league coaches, such as Colorado's Tad Boyle, said they would relish such an opportunity in February.

Ben Howland, whose team won't warrant NCAA tournament at-large consideration, didn't sound like he was looking forward to the trip.

"It definitely makes it a tougher week, gives us less preparation time for the USC game, because we're playing it (today)," he said.

Howland said the game is good for "national television exposure," but that the league's new television deal next season "will help its constituents, all of us, be able to recruit better nationally."

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