Pac-12 men’s basketball standings: February 20
The Pac-12 Conference continues tho shift by the week, although bubble teams left and right saw their chances get slimmer, with the exception of the USC Trojans.
With two weeks left in the regular season, the Pac-12’s chances of getting four teams in the NCAA Tournament continue to look pretty slim.
This week could change that, however. USC faces Colorado, Arizona State faces Arizona, Utah faces UCLA, and then Utah battles USC. Utah and Arizona State both have to beat the top teams in the Pac-12 at least once if they want to have a realistic shot at the NCAA Tournament.
After another week of Pac-12 action, here are the latest standings with the top two teams remaining the same.
UCLA BRUINS (14-2)
The Duck attempts to distract UCLA guard Jaylen Clark as he shoots a free throw as the Oregon Ducks host the No. 7 UCLA Bruins Saturday, Feb. 11, 2023, at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore.
UCLA just continues to win games. Now the Bruins are back in the top five of the AP top 25.
ARIZONA WILDCATS (13-4)
Jan 21, 2023; Tucson, Arizona, USA; Arizona Wildcats center Oumar Ballo (11) blocks a shot by UCLA Bruins guard Jaime Jaquez Jr. (24) during the second half at McKale Center. Mandatory Credit: Zachary BonDurant-USA TODAY Sports
Arizona bounced back from a surprising loss to Stanford with two wins this week.
USC TROJANS (11-5)
January 14, 2023; Los Angeles, California, USA; Southern California Trojans guard Tre White (22), guard Boogie Ellis (5), forward Kobe Johnson (0) and forward Joshua Morgan (24) pose with former player Nick Rakocevic after the game against the Utah Utes in the second half at Galen Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
USC also went 2-0 after losing two games the week before. The Trojans are back in third in the Pac-12, likely to get a first-round bye for the Pac-12 Tournament.
ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS (10-7)
Jan 26, 2023; Seattle, Washington, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils head coach Bobby Hurley reacts to a jump-ball call by the officials during the second half against the Washington Huskies at Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Arizona State is one of those bubble teams we discussed, but a loss to Colorado hurt the Sun Devils’ chances.
UTAH UTES (10-7)
Dec 31, 2022; Stanford, California, USA; Utah Utes center Branden Carlson (35) warms up before the game against the Stanford Cardinal at Maples Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports
Utah is another team right on the bubble. The Utes lost both games last week, although they came against Arizona and Arizona State. It won’t get easier with UCLA, USC and Colorado to finish off the season.
OREGON DUCKS (9-8)
Feb 12, 2022; Eugene, Oregon, USA; Oregon Ducks head coach Dana Altman reacts during the second half against the California Golden Bears at Matthew Knight Arena. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
The Ducks went from bubble team to afterthought. Why? They lost three straight, and the last two came against Washington and Washington State.
WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS (8-9)
Feb 20, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; Washington State Cougars forward DJ Rodman (11) fouls USC Trojans guard Boogie Ellis (0) in the second half at Galen Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Washington State took care of Oregon in a Sunday Pac-12 showdown.
COLORADO BUFFALOES (7-10)
LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 12: Vincent Iwuchukwu #3 of the USC Trojans and Lawson Lovering #34 and Javon Ruffin #11 of the Colorado Buffaloes fight for a rebound in the first half at Galen Center on January 12, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
If the Buffs wanted to keep their postseason (NIT) hopes alive, they did just that by defeating Arizona State on the road.
WASHINGTON HUSKIES (7-10)
Dec 21, 2022; Seattle, Washington, USA; General view of Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion during the second half of a basketball game between the Auburn Tigers and Washington Huskies. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
The Huskies won both games this past week. They next play Cal, Stanford, and Washington State.
STANFORD CARDINAL (5-11)
Nov 17, 2021; Stanford, California, USA; Stanford Cardinal forward Harrison Ingram (55) watches the ball during the second half against the Valparaiso Crusaders at Maples Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports
Stanford’s win over Arizona was shocking. But, they then lost to UCLA and USC. The schedule gets easier with the Washington schools and the Oregon schools to finish the slate before the Pac-12 Tournament.
OREGON STATE BEAVERS (4-13)
Feb 4, 2023; Tucson, Arizona, USA; Arizona Wildcats center Oumar Ballo (11) gets a rebound against Oregon State Beavers forward Rodrigue Andela (34) and guard Christian Wright (1) in the first half at McKale Center. Mandatory Credit: Zachary BonDurant-USA TODAY Sports
Oregon State lost both games last week by double digits. Against Washington, the Beavers scored just 47 points.
CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS (2-14)
Dec 31, 2022; Berkeley, California, USA; California Golden Bears forward Lars Thiemann (21) and Colorado Buffaloes center Lawson Lovering (34) battle for a loose ball during the first half at Haas Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: D. Ross Cameron-USA TODAY Sports
Cal hasn’t won a game since January 6. There’s a good chance the Bears won’t win another game this season.