This week in Pac-12 basketball

2012-02-08T00:00:00Z This week in Pac-12 basketball Arizona Daily Star
February 08, 2012 12:00 am

This week's games

Thursday

• Utah at Arizona State, 6:30 p.m. (FoxSportsArizona.com)

• Colorado at Arizona, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

• Washington State at Oregon State, 7 p.m.

• Cal at USC, 8:30 p.m.

• Stanford at UCLA, 9 p.m.

• Washington at Oregon, 9 p.m. (FSAZ)

Saturday

• Utah at Arizona, noon (FSAZ)

• California at UCLA, 2 p.m. (FSAZ)

• Washington State at Oregon, 4 p.m.

• Colorado at Arizona State, 4:30 p.m. (FSAZ)

Sunday

• Washington at Oregon State, 3:30 p.m. (FSAZ)

• Stanford at USC, 5:30 p.m. (FSAZ)

Last week's results

Thursday

• Oregon 79, Utah 68

• Washington 71, UCLA 69

• Colorado 82, Oregon State 60

• Stanford 68, Arizona State 44

• Washington State 60, USC 53

• Arizona 78, California 74

Saturday

• Arizona 56, Stanford 43

• California 68, Arizona State 47

• UCLA 63, Washington State 60

• Oregon State 76, Utah 58

• Colorado 72, Oregon 71

• Washington 69, USC 41

Pac-12 Power Rankings

1. Washington (16-7, 9-2) - Wing C.J. Wilcox (stress fracture in his left leg) is experiencing "less and less pain" with each week, coach Lorenzo Romar said, and the sophomore will likely play this week.

2. Cal (18-6, 8-3) - Sophomore guard Allen Crabbe has a sprained ankle. "He's fine," coach Mike Montgomery said.

3. Colorado (16-7, 8-3)

4. Oregon (16-7, 7-4) - Senior guard Devoe Joseph has averaged 18 points the past nine games.

5. Arizona (16-8, 7-4)

6. Stanford (16-7, 6-5)

7. UCLA (13-10, 6-5) - Center Joshua Smith has "played well for us the past few weeks, which is an encouraging sign for us," coach Ben Howland said. Smith averaged 21.5 points and seven rebounds last week.

8. Oregon State (15-8, 5-6)

9. Washington State (12-11, 4-7) - The past three games, junior forward Brock Motum has averaged 28.3 points.

10. Arizona State (7-16, 3-8) - Junior guard Trent Lockett expects to play Thursday against Colorado after missing six games with a sprained right ankle.

11. Utah (5-18, 2-9)

12. USC (6-18, 1-10)

The list

Three takes on whether Pac-12 stars are NBA-bound:

• It's a rarity. Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said that, short of former player Spencer Hawes, no Huskies player had even been considered a slam-dunk first-round NBA draft pick in his first two years. This year, UW has two - freshman Tony Wroten and sophomore Terrence Ross - that Romar said are "projected that way."

• They don't have to be perfect. Wroten's biggest flaw, his poor jump shot, could be fixed in the NBA, said USC coach Kevin O'Neill.

"He's not going to be in history class," said O'Neill, the former Toronto Raptors head coach. "He's going to be shooting. He'll make great strides."

• They should stay. O'Neill said Cal guard Allen Crabbe "definitely needs to stay" in school. He said he would "encourage" Wroten and Ross "to stay in school longer."

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: Given (the Arizona Wildcats) will have the No. 1 recruiting class (and knowing it's up to them), how do you try and keep them from going to the draft so we can have a good chance at a national championship? Fact: if D-Will stayed we'd be looking at one now possibly. - KO

A: You can't. Many of the nation's best recruits believe they will leave school after a year or two. Losing them early is the price of recruiting them.

The big number

19

Points left until forward Harper Kamp reaches 1,000 in his Cal career

Weird finish

Oregon needed to wait an extra day in snowy Salt Lake City before flying to Boulder, Colo., last week. The Ducks landed at 12:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, before playing at the Buffaloes later that night.

The game was even worse.

With four seconds left and the game tied, Colorado's Nate Tomlinson drove the length of the floor and was fouled by E.J. Singler with one second remaining.

Tomlinson made one free throw to clinch the Buffs victory.

Oregon coach Dana Altman wouldn't comment on the foul call.

"In 32 years of coaching," he said, "I've never had a game, either way, with a guy on the free-throw line with no time, or one second" left.

CU coach Tad Boyle said that, in 20 years, he's "been in a lot of close games and close endings." What made the finish special, he said, was that "both teams made plays."

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