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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.

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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.

So there's a lot to play for in the final week of the regular season. Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak believes the parity speaks well of the conference, while hoping that the mediocre records that result from such competitiveness aren't held against the Pac-12.

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."

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