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Arizona Wildcats don't drop in Pac-12 standings despite loss; Colorado now alone in first
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Arizona Wildcats don't drop in Pac-12 standings despite loss; Colorado now alone in first

Oregon State rallies to beat No. 14 Oregon 63-53

Oregon's Chris Duarte (5) shoots past Oregon State's Kylor Kelley (24) and Alfred Hollins (4) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Corvallis, Ore., Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020.

Editor's note: As the Pac-12 season enters crunch time, the Star will provide a look at the league standings, every result and each team's upcoming schedules. This is the second in a regular series. 

All three of the Pac-12's ranked schools played Saturday, and two of them lost in surprising fashion.

At the same time many in Tucson witnessed Arizona's 13-point home loss — and the program's worst shooting performances in McKale — to UCLA, Oregon State pulled off an upset of No. 14 ranked Oregon in Corvallis, winning 63-53. 

That opened the door for Colorado to climb in the driver's seat with four weeks of conference play remaining thanks to its home win over Stanford.

Here's a full look at the Pac-12 standings:

1. Colorado (19-5, 8-3)

Last game: W, 81-74 vs Stanford

The rundown: Colorado overcame a 16-point second half deficit against the Cardinal behind McKinley Wright IV's 21 points. Since losing to Arizona by 21in early January, the Buffs have won five of their last six games. 

Up next: at Oregon on Thursday (7 p.m., ESPN) 

2. Oregon (18-6, 7-4)

Last game: L, 63-53 at Oregon State

The rundown: The Ducks have now lost two in a row. Senior point guard Payton Pritchard has shot a combined 12-42 (28%) in the two defeats. 

Up next: vs Colorado on Thursday (7 p.m., ESPN) 

3. Arizona (16-7, 6-4)

Last game: L, 65-52 vs UCLA

The rundown: Arizona shot 25.4% against the Bruins, the lowest shooting percentage by any Wildcats team in McKale, ever. While the results of Saturday's game may suggest otherwise, the Cats remain in good position to compete for the conference title. 

Up next: at Cal on Thursday (8:30 p.m., FS1)

4. ASU (15-8, 6-4)

Last game: W, 66-64 vs USC

The rundown: The Sun Devils rank second-worst in the Pac-12 in shooting percentage (42.2%) but have quietly won four of their last five. Remy Martin hit a pull-up jumper with 19 seconds left against USC to deliver the win. 

Up next: at Stanford on Thursday (9 p.m., ESPN2)

5. USC (17-7, 6-5)

Last game: L, 66-64 at ASU 

The rundown: The Trojans have lost three games in a row and committed 16 turnovers in the second half against the Sun Devils.

Up next: vs Washington on Thursday (7 p.m., ESPN2)

6. UCLA (13-11, 6-5)

Last game: W, 65-52 at Arizona

The rundown: The Bruins gave up 14 of 24 3-pointers to ASU last Thursday but were able to limit the Wildcats to 6-23 from that range. They also corralled 28 defensive rebounds, compared to just 14 by UA. 

Up next: vs Washington State on Thursday (9 p.m., Pac-12 Network)

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

Last game: L, 81-74 at Colorado

The rundown: Stanford's leading scorer Oscar Da Silva had to leave the game against the Buffs after slamming his head on the floor while trying to defend a breakaway basket. His status moving forward is unclear as the Wildcats will face the Cardinal on Saturday.

Up next: vs ASU on Thursday (9 p.m., ESPN2)

8. Utah (14-9, 5-6)

Last game: W, 60-45 vs Cal

The rundown: Timmy Allen scored 21 points in Utah's defeat of Cal.

Up next: at Oregon State on Thursday (7 p.m., Pac-12 Network)

9. Washington State (14-10, 5-6)

Last game: W, 79-67 vs Washington

The rundown: CJ Elleby scored a career-high 34 points against the Huskies.

Up next: at UCLA on Thursday (9 p.m., Pac-12 Network)

 10. Cal (10-13, 4-6)

Last game: L, 60-45 at Utah

The rundown: The Bears came up empty-handed on their road trip to the Mountain schools.

Up next: vs Arizona on Thursday (8:30 p.m., FS1)

11. Oregon State (14-9, 4-7)

Last game: W, 63-53 vs Oregon

The rundown: The Beavers have beaten Oregon, Arizona, Colorado and Stanford. They are 0-7 against the rest of the Pac-12.

Up next: vs Utah on Thursday (7 p.m., Pac-12 Network)

12. Washington (12-12, 2-9)

Last game: L, 79-67 at Washington State

The rundown: The Huskies have now lost six games in a row.

Up next: at USC on Thursday (7 p.m., ESPN2)

Alec has been with the Star since October 2019. He’s currently a senior at the University of Arizona and previously worked as sports editor for the Arizona Daily Wildcat. 

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