Heading into the last two weeks of Pac-10 conference play, the
University of Arizona holds a 1 game advantage over second place UCLA
and a 1.5 game lead over second place University of Washington. After
slipping up last night against USC (led by Nikola Vucevic’s 19 pt, 14
reb performance), the Wildcats have some work to do if they want to
finish up as regular season conference championship. No game will be
bigger than this weekend’s showdown at UCLA. The Bruins crowd will be
decked out in that baby blue looking for part of the Pac-10 crown. I
expect good things from both these teams down the stretch and into the
NCAA Tournament. The last two weekends will also have a big effect on
the Pac-10’s postseason conference tournament which could see an
underdog pulling off the upset special and making it to the Big Dance.
Since we last updated you, Pac-10 teams have played three games seeing
UCLA go 2-1 (loss to Cal), Arizona go 2-1 (loss to USC) and the 3rd
place Huskies go 2-1 (loss to Arizona).
Our bay area teams continue to fight hard with Cal going 2-1 over the
12 days including a OT victory over UCLA. Their strong play as of late
has been led by junior guard Jorge Gutierrez (34 v. UCLA, 23 v.
Oregon) who is averaging 15 points and 4 assists on the season. On the
other hand, the Stanford Cardinal went 0-3 but all were lost in close
games, particularly their February 17th battle to UCLA, which they
lost 69-65. I expect Stanford to develop a lot going into next year
with no graduating seniors and a team featuring 8 freshman.
Here is a look at the conference standings with 2 games to play:
#10 Arizona 12-3
Washington State 7-8
Oregon State 5-10
Arizona State 2-13
Watch out for the Arizona-UCLA showdown this Saturday as it should be
good one. You can catch it on Fox Sports Net at 1pm pacific.