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Pac-12: Basketball race enters second half

As the second half of the Pac-12 men's basketball schedule begins Wednesday, the standings reflect the potential for a crazy week in Las Vegas next month.

Utah's status as the No. 10 seed, if the tournament started today, is a perfect illustration. The Utes are 3-6 in conference play, with two overtime defeats and four other competitive losses. The five-way tie for fourth place (5-4) among Colorado, Arizona State, Stanford, Oregon State and Washington is another example of the league's balance. Arizona (8-1) holds a two-game lead over UCLA and California and the Wildcats will be awfully tough to catch. But the competition will be heated for a top-four seed and a bye into the quarterfinals, and there's every possibility that a bottom-tier team will make a run to the semifinals, as Utah did last March.

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