The final week of the regular season is here and UCLA, Oregon and Cal all have a shot at the Pac-12 championship. One is the favorite, one needs a tough road win and one needs some help.
Meanwhile, the Arizona Wildcats are playing for rivalry pride, tournament seeding and their seniors.
The TWit-Pac TV schedule helps you find the game(s) that will crown this conference’s champion(s) (all times Arizona/Mountain):
|Wed Mar 6||UCLA||WSU||7:30 p.m.||P12N|
|Thu Mar 7||Oregon||Colorado||7 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Sat Mar 9||UCLA||Washington||12 p.m.||CBS|
I hope you weren’t planning on watching any Pac-12 games on Sunday. So who’s going to win this thing?
Wed. Mar. 6
UCLA (22-7 / 12-4) at WSU (11-18 / 2-14)
After all the off-court drama, on-court struggles and Bill Walton insults, here are the Bruins just two wins away from Ben Howland’s fourth Pac-12 championship.
Stanford (17-13 / 8-9) at Cal (20-9 / 12-5)
Stanford actually beat the Bears by double digits the first time these two teams played but that was during Cal’s lose-one-win-one phase. This current win-two-lose-one-win-seven phase is much more impressive.
USC (14-15 / 9-7) at Washington (16-13 / 8-8)
Don’t look now but the Trojans can still earn a first-round bye in the Pac-12 tournament. And if they do it they might even have a winning record.
Thu. Mar. 7
Oregon (23-6 / 12-4) at Colorado (19-9 / 9-7)
Oregon’s schedule edge is over. The Buffaloes are 11-2 at home and beat the Ducks in Eugene.
Sat. Mar. 9
UCLA at Washington
The Huskies have quietly won three of four. Then again, wins against the three States aren’t usually very loud.
Oregon at Utah
Is it too late to move this game so it doesn’t overlap with UCLA’s finale? Better yet, let’s switch and play the Oregon/Colorado game on Saturday for extra intrigue.
ASU (20-10 / 9-8) at ARIZONA (23-6 / 11-6)
If you thought Arizona had a frustrating trip to L.A., Arizona State lost to UCLA in overtime and fell to USC by one. A better showing than the Wildcats but just as big a bagel in the win column.
OSU at Colorado
What a difference a year makes: Last season’s champion Washington didn’t get invited to the NCAA tournament but this year’s fifth-place Buffs look like they’ll get in with room to spare.
USC at WSU
USC’s scoring output its last five games: 65, 68, 59, 89, 57. One of these things is not like the other. (Apply palm to forehead.)
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I think UCLA is going to do it. Larry Drew II dominated on his Senior Night, Shabazz Muhammad got it done on his Freshman with One Foot Out the Door Night and Kyle Anderson has a really strange beard. I say the Bruins take care of business in Washington, Oregon loses in Colorado, UCLA wins the outright title, Howland is vindicated and Walton tells another story about the Grateful Dead.
Oregon would then slide to the 3-seed in the Pac-12 tournament if Cal beats Stanford because the Bears swept the Ducks.
The 4-seed is the best the Cats can do and they really want to stay there and get the bye into Thursday. The simplest way to do that is beat ASU.
One-game season. Forget what happened before this. Ignore what’s coming next. Feed off the Senior Day crowd and get off to a good start. Play from in front.
Mark Lyons has been the eye of the storm this week but he has fond memories of playing the Sun Devils. The senior had 24 points, three assists, three rebounds and three steals as the UA pulled away from foul-plagued ASU in January.
Kevin Parrom and Solomon Hill have spent four very interesting years in Tucson. Both committed to other schools before coaching changes led them to the desert. The pair has only played in one NCAA tournament to date but it was the thrilling 2011 run that ended a hair from the Final Four.
Saturday is one last chance for the home fans to say goodbye to the last remaining members of Sean Miller’s first Arizona recruiting class.
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