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Pac-12: Six teams crowded in middle tier
The Pac-12 men's basketball standings are more jumbled than ever, going into the final week of the regular season.
One game separates six teams, from Nos. 4 through 9.
The fun part is that four of those teams - Colorado (9-7), Utah (8-8), California (9-7) and Stanford (9-7) face one another this week in the Bay Area. Oregon (8-8) is home for its last two games, but Arizona is one of the Ducks' remaining opponents. Washington (8-8) may have the most favorable schedule of the six, although the Huskies have to play UCLA.
The bottom line is that one of these six teams will receive a first-round bye in next week's Pac-12 tournament in Las Vegas. Two of them likely will meet in the No. 8 vs. No. 9 game, with the winner having to meet Arizona in the quarterfinals.<
Having climbed into the conference's middle tier in Krystkowiak's third season gives the Utes "a strong sense of pride," he said. "We know what we've got going on, inside."