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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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» UA sports Throwback Thursday: Arizona football home openers
» Wildcats open volleyball season hoping to make noise
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Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
» Football games to watch: College kickoff edition
» Thursday at 7:40 p.m.: ASU hosts Weber State
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» Perry's Howard commits to ASU basketball

California (East Bay Tribune)
» Wilner: New NCAA football playoff a recipe for controversy
» Cal football: Quarterback Jared Goff in control
» College football preview: Pac-12 Conference
» College football preview: Will Pac-12 be shut out of final four?

Colorado (Denver Post)
» CU Buffs' Chidobe Awuzie has versatility to help out in many places
» Saunders: Viewership will be limited for CU vs. CSU football game
» Kiszla: CU road to glory begins with winning at home
» Dish joins networks set to broadcast Rocky Mountain Showdown on TV

Oregon (The Oregonian)
» Oregon Ducks open up Autzen Stadium doors for Fan Fest: Photo gallery
» Scott Frost: Wednesday's practice 'was more of a mental day' for players (video)
» Oregon Ducks' championship odds come in at 15/2, per Bovada
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Oregon State (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
» BeaversSalute program gives tickets to military personnel and veterans
» Beavers promote McCoy to assistant athletic director for equipment operations
» Oregon State hires longtime trainer hired Fred Tedeschi
» Beavers hire Mark Massari as deputy athletics director

Stanford (San Jose Mercury-News)
» Stanford's Ty Montgomery expected to start opener
» Wilner: New NCAA football playoff a recipe for controversy
» Stanford football fans snapping up season tickets
» College football preview: Pac-12 Conference

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)
» Questions and curiosity as Huskies begin season under Chris Petersen
» Video: The Pursuit: Episode 1
» What channel are the Huskies on this week?
» Video: Chris Petersen curious how Huskies will respond in season opener

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» Pena turns attention to playoffs
» Good news for Dish subscribers
» Wednesday WSU football chat
» Pac-12 power rankings: Week 1



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