Welcome to our weekly look at Pac-12 basketball. We take a quick look at what happened in the past week and breakdown the best games in the week to come.
Top 3 upcoming games: This week will make the Pac-12 race much more clear as four of the top five teams face off and California faces a tough road match-up against UCLA. The two games on Thursday night is the best combo that the league has had all season. For as much good as a win in Tucson would do for the Buffaloes, a loss against Arizona State would pretty much derail any hope CU has for making the NCAA Tournament without win the conference tourney.
Colorado Buffaloes at Arizona Wildcats, Thursday, 7:00 p.m., ESPN: This is the biggest game of the year so far for the Buffs. A national television audience will watch a CU team that has won five of it's last six games, but is primed to hit the road for five of their last seven in the regular season. The Wildcats did last week what no one else has been able to do this season in winning at both California and Stanford and has been playing much better since their loss in Boulder.
Washington Huskies at Oregon Ducks, Thursday, 9:00 p.m., Root Sports: The Huskies have been on fire of late, winning eight of their last nine to take over the top spot in the conference. Now they have to head to Eugene to face a Ducks team that is still reeling from a controversial, last second loss in Boulder.
California Golden Bears at UCLA Bruins, Saturday, 2:00 p.m., Fox Sports Prime Ticket: The Bruins have been playing better lately, but haven't been able to get over the hump as they fell in some tough, close losses. California needs to make up for a home loss to Arizona in LA.
A look at each team after the jump...
Washington Huskies - 16-7, 9-2
Last week: Win at UCLA (71-69), Win at USC (69-41)
This week: Thu at Oregon, Sun at Oregon State
California Golden Bears - 18-6, 8-3
Last week: Loss vs. Arizona (78-74), Win vs. Arizona State (68-47)
This week: Thu at USC, Sat at UCLA
Colorado Buffaloes - 16-7, 8-3
Last week: Win vs. Oregon State (82-60), Win vs. Oregon (72-71)
This week: Thu at Arizona, Sat at Arizona State
Oregon Ducks - 16-7, 7-4
Last week: Win at Utah (79-68), Loss at Colorado (72-71)
This week: Thu vs. Washington, Sat vs. Washington State
Arizona Wildcats - 16-8, 7-4
Last week: Win at California (78-74), Win at Stanford (56-43)
This week: Thu vs. Colorado, Sat vs. Utah
Stanford Cardinal - 16-7, 6-5
Last week: Win vs. Arizona State (68-44), Loss vs. Arizona (56-43)
This week: Thu at UCLA, Sun at USC
UCLA Bruins - 13-10, 6-5
Last week: Loss at Washington (71-69), Win at Washington State (63-60)
This week: Thu vs. Stanford, Sat vs. California
Oregon St. Beavers - 15-8, 5-6
Last week: Loss at Colorado (82-60), Win at Utah (76-58)
This week: Thu vs. Washington State, Sun vs. Washington
Washington St. Cougars - 12-11, 4-7
Last week: Win vs. USC (60-53), Loss vs. UCLA (63-60)
This week: Thu at Oregon State, Sat at Oregon
Arizona St. Sun Devils - 7-16, 3-8
Last week: Loss at Stanford (68-44), Loss at California (68-47)
This week: Thu vs. Utah, Sat vs. Colorado
Utah Utes - 5-18, 2-9
Last week: Loss vs. Oregon (79-68), Loss vs. Oregon State (76-58)
This week: Thu at Arizona State, Sat at Arizona
USC Trojans - 6-18, 1-10
Last week: Loss at Washington State (60-53), Loss at Washington (69-41)
This week: Thu vs. California, Sun vs. Stanford