GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 19 Southern California at Colorado, Thursday. The Pac-12 race obtained a bit tighter following the Trojans’ residence loss to Arizona final Saturday. USC leads the convention race at 13-3, however is only a half-game forward of rival UCLA (12-3). The Buffaloes are fourth at 11-6 and are coming off a cut up with the Oregon faculties. Colorado gained the primary assembly towards USC 72-62 on the Galen Middle on Dec. 31 and has gained 5 straight within the sequence.
LOOKING AHEAD: UCLA performs Colorado on Saturday, two days after enjoying at Utah because the season winds right down to its remaining two weeks. … Oregon had been on a roll, profitable 5 straight earlier than dropping to USC on Monday. The Geese, third within the Pac-12 at 9-4, play on the Bay Space faculties, then have a rescheduled sport towards Arizona on Monday. Oregon has gained six straight in that sequence. … The Washington faculties are within the desert this week to face Arizona and Arizona State.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: The Pac-12 adjusted the convention match bracket, giving the highest 5 groups an opening-round bye as a substitute of the highest 4. The match can have 11 groups after Arizona self-imposed a postseason ban. The match runs March 10-13 in Las Vegas. … Arizona’s Azoulas Tubelis was named the Pac-12 freshman of the week after averaging 17 factors and 11.5 rebounds in video games towards USC and UCLA.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Noah Williams, Washington State. The sophomore guard had himself fairly per week. Williams had 32 factors in a win over California and adopted that with 40 factors in a triple-overtime win over Stanford to assist the Cougars sweep the Bay Space faculties for the primary time since 2011-12. He was named nationwide and Pac-12 participant of the week.
ON THE WOMEN’S SIDE: Stanford moved as much as No. 4 on this week’s ballot and clinched its first regular-season title since 2014 with a 62-48 win over No. 9 Arizona on Monday. The Cardinal host rival Cal on Sunday. … Arizona and Arizona State resume their rivalry on Sunday. The Wildcats gained the primary assembly 65-27 on Dec. 10. … No. 10 UCLA and USC even have a rivalry rematch on Friday. The Bruins gained the primary assembly 73-52 on Dec. 13.
Compiled by AP Basketball Author John Marshall in Phoenix.
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