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Pac-12: Arizona State can become NCAA-worthy

To make a point about how much the level of Pac-12 basketball competition has increased, Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak said he wishes his current team could have played against last year's opponents.

Of course, the Utes are not the only ones who have improved. The conference is almost universally expected to send five teams to the NCAA Tournament, with potential for a sixth bid.

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That's where today's Arizona State-UCLA quarterfinal game in the Pac-12 tournament in Las Vegas becomes intriguing. If the Sun Devils win, they'll enhance their credentials as that possible sixth entrant.

ASU beat UCLA 78-60 at home and lost 79-74 in Los Angeles in the regular season. The Sun Devils (21-11) will need another big effort from freshman Jahii Carson, who scored 34 points in Wednesday's 89-88 overtime win against Stanford.

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Arizona (Tucson Citizen)
» Photos: UA sports Throwback Thursday Chase Budinger
» UA fall sports carry big expectations into 2014
» UA announces 2014 sports Hall of Fame class
» UA football: Notes and quotes from Wednesday's practice

Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
» ASU has fewer penalties under Graham
» ASU coach Graham sticks close to Texas roots
» Ex-ASU star Carson signs with Australian team
» ASU selects captains, awards 5 scholarships

California (East Bay Tribune)
» Cal football: Safety Lowe shapes up, holds job
» Cal's goal in Dykes' second season is to establish running game
» Stanford 11th in AP's top 25 preseason football poll; Florida State No. 1
» AP Top 25 Preseason Poll

Colorado (Denver Post)
» Yuri Wright pushing his way up CU Buffs depth chart in return
» Colorado feels fortunate to have avoided a rash of preseason injuries
» Colorado senior receiver D.D. Goodson: not overlooked by coaches
» Colorado redshirt freshman Phillip Lindsay: two touchdown runs in scrimmage gave me confidence

Oregon (The Oregonian)
» Former Oregon Ducks running back Jonathan Stewart scores twice for Carolina Panthers against Kansas City
» Oregon's Devon Allen -- who wants to set a collegiate hurdles record -- tackles football with high expectations, too
» Mark Helfrich on the last scrimmage of fall camp: 'I liked our energy a lot better today' (video)
» Marcus Mariota says winning a championship is the 'No. 1. goal'

Oregon State (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
» Oregon State hires longtime trainer hired Fred Tedeschi
» Beavers hire Mark Massari as deputy athletics director
» Oregon State hands out Bennys to top athletes, coaches and teams
» OSU fishing: MacDonald, Martinez win conference tournament

Stanford (San Jose Mercury-News)
» Stanford football: Defensive coordinator learns from 49ers counterpart
» Stanford 11th in AP's top 25 preseason football poll; Florida State No. 1
» AP Top 25 Preseason Poll
» Stanford football: Tailbacks Kelsey Young, Remound Wright miss scrimmage

UCLA (Los Angeles Daily News)
» UCLA Football Notebook: Running back Malcolm Jones loses appeal for extra season
» COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Improving UCLA has questions to answer during preseason football camp
» COLLEGE FOOTBALL: UCLA's prized recruit Eddie Vanderdoes cleared to play by NCAA after leaving Notre Dame
» Pac-12 Media Day: Eyes on Anthony Barr for UCLA's 2013 hopes

USC (Los Angeles Daily News)
» USC Football Notebook: Marqise Lee's injury not too serious
» USC Football Notebook: QBs Max Wittek, Cody Kessler present dilemma for Trojans coach Lane Kiffin
» USC FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Former UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel thinks Trojans might not miss QB Matt Barkley
» USC FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Dion Bailey says it's 'now or never'

Washington (Seattle Times)
» Freshmen will play key roles for Huskies
» Freshmen Brayden Lenius, Dante Pettis expected to contribute for UW's receiving corps
» Video: UW offensive lineman James Atoe
» Huskies morning links: UW offering a new cheap ticket option (with beer!)

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» Chiefs' camp loaded with plot lines
» Sanders honored by AFL
» Gabe Marks could redshirt
» Ewu sports chat Aug. 21 (noon)



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