This week in Pac-12 basketball

2013-01-16T00:00:00Z 2014-07-02T12:15:29Z This week in Pac-12 basketballPatrick Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
January 16, 2013 12:00 am  • 

This week's games

Tonight

• Utah at Washington State, 7:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)

• Colorado at Washington, 9:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)

Thursday

• Oregon State at No. 24 UCLA, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)

• No. 21 Oregon at USC, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

Saturday

• No. 7 Arizona at Arizona State, 12:30 p.m. (FSAZ)

• No. 21 Oregon at No. 24 UCLA, 2 p.m. (Ch 13)

• Cal at Stanford, 2:30 p.m. (FSAZ)

• Oregon State at USC, 6 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)

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

• Utah at Washington, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

Last week's results

Wednesday

• Stanford 78, Washington St. 67

• Washington 62, Cal 47

Thursday

• Oregon 70, Arizona 66

• UCLA 57, Utah 54

• Colorado 66, USC 50

• Arizona State 72, Oregon St. 62

Saturday

• UCLA 78, Colorado 75

• Cal 67, Washington State 54

• USC 76, Utah 59

• Arizona 80, Oregon State 70

• Washington 65, Stanford 60

Sunday

• Oregon 68, Arizona State 65

Pac-12 Power Rankings

1. UCLA (14-3, 4-0) - The Bruins' nine-game win streak is their best in four years. They've won 10 of 11.

2. Arizona (15-1, 3-1)

3. Oregon (14-2, 3-0) - The Ducks have won 18 straight at home dating to last season - sixth-longest in the country.

4. Arizona State (14-3, 3-1)

5. Washington (11-5, 3-0) - The Huskies hadn't swept the Bay Area schools since 1985, until it happened last week.

6. Cal (10-6, 2-2)

7. Colorado (11-5, 1-3)

8. Stanford (10-7, 1-3)

9. USC (7-10, 2-2)

10. Oregon State (10-7, 0-3) - Craig Robinson preached patience to Big Dance-starved OSU fans, but said, "Don't give up on this season, either." He said the Beavers have played the league's four best teams.

11. Washington State (9-7, 0-3)

12. Utah (8-8, 0-4)

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:

USC fires KO and replaces him w/SoCal guy Jamie Dixon from Pitt. How much should UA fans fear Miller leaving for alma mater? - Tyler

A: I don't think the Pitt job is in the same stratosphere as Arizona, especially with the Panthers moving to the ACC.

Did UCLA get better when it trimmed the fat on its roster (Lamb, Smith, Stover) or is a young team just improving? - Daniel

A: The latter, though I believe the Bruins also might have benefited from not having to massage three more egos and distribute all those minutes.

Finley Five

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

1. The timing of the Kevin O'Neill firing surprised many coaches. "I was saddened by it," UCLA's Ben Howland said. "I really like Kevin. I think he's a really good coach. We have a friendship that dates decades, and they'd been playing well." Oregon's Dana Altman joked that, if the Trojans got the traditionally short-term bump from playing under a new coach, the Ducks are in trouble. "I thought they were playing pretty darn good," he said.

2. The best team in the league is … Washington? That's what Howland maintained. "They have three wins," he said, "and they're all on the road." Cal coach Mike Montgomery, who lost to Washington last week said, "I don't know that they're a top-three team, but they've got three road breakthroughs, and that's pretty good."

3. How is UCLA's Larry Drew II not on the Bob Cousy Award list? He leads the nation with a 4.89 assist-to-turnover ratio, and is fourth in the nation with 8.1 assists per game. He was not one of the 20 finalists announced this week - but UA's Mark Lyons and Arizona State's Jahii Carson were.

4. The Beavs get a boost. Eric Moreland, sixth in the country with 11.1 rebounds per game, will return to OSU on Saturday after a three-game suspension for violating team rules, Robinson said.

5. For now, it's the Big Four. Both the NCAA's RPI and Jeff Sagarin's ratings list the same four Pac-12 teams in the top 50: Arizona, Colorado, Oregon and UCLA. Arizona is No. 3 in RPI, No. 10 in Sagarin.

The big number

March 13, 2009

The last time two ranked Pac-12 teams played each other - until Saturday, when No. 21 Oregon travels to No. 24 UCLA.

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