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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)
» UA football: Camp schedule includes shorter Fort Huachuca stay
» Video collection: UA hoops incoming freshmen highlights
» Wildcats: Pac-12 Media Days, Day 2
» Hansen: Pac-12 projections, Part 1

Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
» ASU All Access: Who stood out at workouts
» De'Marieya Nelson to get a look at Devil-backer
» Graham: Great programs reload, not rebuild
» With 9 starters gone, ASU's defense is unknown

California (East Bay Tribune)
» Local digest: Atletico Madrid not at full strength against San Jose Earthquakes
» Coach Sonny Dykes promises Cal Bears will be competitive
» Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott disputes remarks by Big 12's Bob Bowlsby
» DirecTV still saying no to Pac-12 Network

Colorado (Denver Post)
» Pac-12 media days: Colorado eager to turn things around
» Colorado's MacIntyre at Pac-12 media days: "We will be improved"
» Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott: league "well positioned" for playoffs
» CU Buffs picked 6th in Pac-12 football media poll; Oregon the favorite

Oregon (The Oregonian)
» Orlando Magic sign Luke Ridnour, former Oregon Ducks standout
» Stanford title hunting, anything less 'will be a little disappointing': Pac-12 roundup
» Have an Oregon Ducks question? Beat reporter Tyson Alger will be answering throughout the day
» Oregon Ducks opponent preview: Michigan State brings stout defense into Eugene

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)
» Local digest: Atletico Madrid not at full strength against San Jose Earthquakes
» Stanford's Evan Crower emerges as Kevin Hogan's backup
» Stanford's David Shaw open to San Jose State game at Levi's Stadium
» Pac 12 football: Stanford reacts to being picked second

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)
» 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)
» Chris Petersen eager to bring some trick-playin', Goliath-slayin' fun to the Huskies
» Former Lincoln High star Alex Montgomery helps New York win
» Morning links: Chris Petersen 'nailed it' in move to Washington
» Huskies QB Cyler Miles suspended for Hawaii opener

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» Flashback: Stanford
» No shirt, no helmet, no problem
» Halliday has a chance to be special
» Cougars land Bigge lineman



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