Pac-12 men’s basketball standings: end of regular season
The Pac-12 Conference regular season has officially come to a close. The best time of the year is here: March Madness.
This week will be full of conference tournaments in college basketball, and the Pac-12 is looking like a three-bid league after a rather disappointing ending for a few bubble teams.
The USC Trojans survived a close call against Arizona State on Saturday night to finish out the regular season, and UCLA and Arizona remain at 1-2 respectively entering Las Vegas.
Here are the final standings at the end of the Pac-12 regular season.
UCLA BRUINS (18-2)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 05: Jaylen Clark #0 of the UCLA Bruins reacts against the USC Trojans in the second half at UCLA Pauley Pavilion on January 05, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
UCLA is in the top spot and looks like a 1-seed in the Big Dance.
ARIZONA WILDCATS (14-6)
Mar 2, 2023; Los Angeles, California, USA; Arizona Wildcats guard Kerr Kriisa (25) passes the ball around USC Trojans forward Joshua Morgan (24) to Arizona Wildcats forward Azuolas Tubelis (10) in the second half at Galen Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Arizona finished with a tough loss to UCLA in Los Angeles, but the Wildcats still look like a trendy pick to make a deep run.
USC TROJANS (14-6)
January 14, 2023; Los Angeles, California, USA; Southern California Trojans forward Kijani Wright (33) is greeted by fans after the game against the Utah Utes at Galen Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
The Trojans had the same record against Arizona, but the loss on Thursday gave them the 3 seed.
OREGON DUCKS (12-8)
Oregon guard Will Richardson drives past Arizona’s Cedric Henderson Jr. as the Oregon Ducks host the Arizona Wildcats Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023, at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore.
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Don’t count Oregon out. They climbed to the 4 spot in the Pac-12 and got a first-round bye.
WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS (11-9)
Dec 30, 2022; Pullman, Washington, USA; UCLA Bruins guard Jaylen Clark (0) celebrates after a game against the Washington State Cougars at Friel Court at Beasley Coliseum. Bruins won 67-66. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports
Washington State finished 11-9 and 16-15 overall, and the Cougars actually finished ahead of Utah.
ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS (11-9)
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
Bobby Hurley might have saved his job over the past month or so, but Arizona State’s bubble hopes took a hit this week.
UTAH UTES (10-10)
Jan 21, 2023; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Utah Utes head coach Craig Smith gives instructions against the Washington Huskies in the first half at Jon M. Huntsman Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports
Utah finished with five straight losses and must win the Pac-12 Tournament to even get a bid.
COLORADO BUFFALOES (8-12)
Feb 23, 2023; Boulder, Colorado, USA; Colorado Buffaloes guard Quincy Allen (5) knocks the ball away from USC Trojans forward Kobe Johnson (0) in the second half at the CU Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
The Buffs’ disappointing season finished with an encouraging victory over Utah.
WASHINGTON HUSKIES (8-12)
Jan 26, 2023; Seattle, Washington, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils guard Frankie Collins (10) scores a layup against Washington Huskies center Braxton Meah (34) during overtime at Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
It was a rough year for all of Washington basketball in the Pac-12.
STANFORD CARDINAL (7-13)
Feb 11, 2023; Stanford, California, USA; Stanford Cardinal guard Michael O’Connell (5) and forward Maxime Raynaud (42) and other players celebrate after defeating the Arizona Wildcats at Maples Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports
Stanford’s season ends, but the win against Arizona was a bright spot.
OREGON STATE BEAVERS (5-15)
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
The Beavers won just five Pac-12 games, but they finished with seven losses in the final nine games.
CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS (2-18)
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 finished with 15 straight losses. Ouch.