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Pac-12: Battle continues for top-four seeding

Two weeks remain in the Pac-12's regular-season basketball schedule, and the battle for top-four seeds is every bit as competitive as when I last checked, prior to spending most of February at the Olympic Games in Russia.

So I'm back, and looking forward to the conference tournament in Las Vegas. Two observations: First, two very good teams - probable NCAA Tournament teams - are going to have to play in first-round games, March 12. Conceding the No. 1 seed to Arizona (12-2), five teams are playing for the other three byes into the quarterfinals: UCLA (10-4), Stanford (9-5), California (9-5), Colorado (9-6) and Arizona State (8-6). I'm predicting the order will remain intact, and Colorado and ASU will be playing the first day.

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My other thought is that Oregon will be dangerous in this tournament. The Ducks (6-8) are tied for ninth place, which would position them to meet Arizona in the quarterfinals if the standings hold. Oregon also could move up to seventh, resulting in a potential quarterterfinal meeting with the No. 2 seed, and that could be a great matchup.

Pac-12: Battle continues for top-four seeds

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Arizona (Tucson Citizen)
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California (East Bay Tribune)
» Live udpates: Pac-12 Football Media Day 1, Wednesday at 8 a.m.
» Local digest: Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry in hunt at Lake Tahoe golf tournament
» Cal women's basketball to host Louisville in 2014-15
» Cal interim AD Williams is on the job

Colorado (Denver Post)
» Greg Henderson ready to etch name with list of CU's four-year starters
» CU's MacIntyre knows what to expect from new safety addition
» Rick George: CU Buffs should play bowl game this season, Pac-12 championship by 2016
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Oregon (The Oregonian)
» Pac-12 Media Days: Reporters Tyson Alger and Gina Mizell examine storylines and questions
» Oregon Ducks at the Pac-12 Media Days: Live chat
» Pac-12 preseason media poll: Oregon expected to edge UCLA for conference title
» Pac-12 Media Days live stream, chat: Watch the press conferences here and ask your questions

Oregon State (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
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» OSU fishing: MacDonald, Martinez win conference tournament

Stanford (San Jose Mercury-News)
» Live udpates: Pac-12 Football Media Day 1, Wednesday at 8 a.m.
» WNBA All-Star game: Chiney Ogwumike gets even with sister
» Local digest: Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry in hunt at Lake Tahoe golf tournament
» Stanford graduates Chiney and Nneka Ogwumike meet again as WNBA all stars

UCLA (Los Angeles Daily News)
» UCLA Football Notebook: Running back Malcolm Jones loses appeal for extra season
» College Football: Position coach Adrian Klemm says UCLA offensive line a work in progress
» 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

USC (Los Angeles Daily News)
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» 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)
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» Pac-12 football media day live, July 23
» Jahmel Taylor looking to bounce back from tough first year at Washington

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
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