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.
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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