UCLA's Ben Howland, emotional against WSU last weekend, was even-handed when asked about Bill Walton's criticism.


Pac-12 Power Rankings

1. Arizona (20-3, 8-3)

2. Oregon (19-5, 8-3) - The Ducks are one win from their third straight 20-win season, their 14th ever.

3. UCLA (18-6, 8-3)

4. Arizona State (18-6, 7-4)

5. Colorado (16-7, 6-5) - Forward Andre Roberson needs seven rebounds to pass Cliff Meely's 971 boards for second all-time at CU.

6. Stanford (15-9, 6-5) - Forward Josh Huestis has posted four straight double-doubles, averaging 13.3 points and 12 rebounds during that time.

7. Cal (14-9, 6-5)

8. Washington (13-11, 5-6) - The Huskies have lost six of their last seven. "There's not a whole lot margin for error for any of us," Lorenzo Romar said of the teams bunched in the middle of the league.

9. USC (11-13, 6-5) - Eric Wise will move to small forward to help offset the loss of Ari Stewart, who is out for three weeks after he broke his left hand Sunday.

10. Oregon State (12-2, 2-9) - Last week, junior forward Devon Collier became the 37th OSU player to reach 1,000 career points.

11. Utah (10-13, 2-9)

12. Washington State (11-13, 2-9)

This week's games


• Arizona State at Utah, 6 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)

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

• Oregon at Washington, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)


• UCLA at Cal, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

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

• USC at Stanford, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)


• UCLA at Stanford, 2 p.m. (ESPN2)

• Oregon at Washington State, 5 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)

• Arizona State at Colorado, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)

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


• Arizona at Utah, 1 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)

• USC at Cal, 8 p.m. (FSAZ)

Last week's results


• Arizona 73, Stanford 66

• Oregon State 82, Utah 64


• UCLA 59, Washington 57

• Arizona State 66, Cal 62

• Colorado 48, Oregon 47

• USC 72, Washington State 68


• Oregon 73, Utah 64

• UCLA 76, Washington State 62

• Stanford 62, Arizona State 59


• Cal 77, Arizona 69

• Colorado 72, Oregon State 68

• USC 71, Washington 60

Finley five

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

1. Ben Howland said the right things Tuesday. The UCLA coach was asked about receiving criticism from one of the Bruins' great alums, Bill Walton, during Thursday's ESPN broadcast. Walton blasted the lack of attendance at Pauley Pavilion on the team's style, and the coach for the style. Walton said he was not a Howland fan, and that if he were in charge, things would be different. Howland on Tuesday said Walton had been critical of UCLA since his first assignment this year, a Bruins win against Missouri. "He's an analyst and that's his job," he said. "He's right to be critical, and I understand that." Howland said the spotlight of coaching at UCLA draws inevitable comparisons to John Wooden, Walton's former coach, whom Howland called "Bill's point of reference." "His point of reference," Howland said, "is 60-0 in his first two years of eligibility."

2. Dominic Artis won't be back tonight. Oregon coach Dana Altman said Tuesday the freshman guard was "doubtful" for tonight's contest at Washington. He hasn't played since Jan. 23 because of a left foot injury.

3. Go ... Trojans? The most amazing statistic in a league where eight teams are within two games of one another in the standings? The team with the longest current winning streak is … USC, with three.

4. Might the schedule change? UW coach Lorenzo Romar told a Seattle radio station Tuesday that the Pac-12 is "in the early stages of talking about" tweaking the conference schedule, which for the first year has included regular Wednesday and Sunday games. Coaches on Tuesday weren't vocal about their complaints with the schedule, though they exist. "I could think that all I want, but that's not going to change," Cal coach Mike Montgomery said. "Television runs the show."

5. That's Monty 1, Pac-12 website 0. Before and during the Arizona Wildcats' game against Cal on Sunday, the official standings on the Pac-12 website listed Arizona as winning against the Golden Bears. Montgomery teased the league's media relations rep about it Tuesday. "You did it at 4 o'clock," the coach said, jokingly. "You had the Arizona win and the Cal loss."

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:

Other than UA, who will make it to the NC Two-A tournament from the Pac12? - Amjad

A: Amjad, you know my pet peeve of "NC Two-A." (It's "NC Double-A." Ben Howland says "Two-A" all the time. Drives me nuts. Rant over.) I think, right now, that Arizona, Oregon, UCLA and Colorado would be in. If the Pac-12 gets a fifth team, it's Arizona State and its 66 RPI. Or whichever outsider might win the Pac-12 tournament.

In your opinion who is the Coach of the Year in the Pac-12? - Matthew

A: Hard to argue with Dana Altman, who's got the Ducks tied for the Pac-12 lead. Give me Herb Sendek as a close No. 2 - Arizona State was picked to finish 11th in the league and now is alone at No. 4.

The big number


Career rebounds for Oregon forward Arslan Kazemi, the most of any active player in the nation

Compiled by Patrick Finley