Pac-12: Jockeying continues through final day
The only resolution stemming from Washington's loss to UCLA on Thursday night is the Huskies are out of contention for a possible tie for third place in the Pac-12 men's basketball standings.
Otherwise, a huge jumble remains in place in the conference's middle tier.
As the final round of regular-season games unfolds Saturday, here are the relevant standings - and some tiebreaking methods to keep in mind:
From No. 3 through No. 9 - Colorado 10-7, Arizona State 10-7, Oregon 9-8, Utah 9-8, Stanford 9-8, California 9-8, Washington 8-9.
Utah and Stanford will separate themselves in their head-to-head meeting Saturday, while Cal can tie with Colorado by beating the Buffaloes in the Bay Area. ASU (at Oregon State) and Oregon (vs. Arizona) have about 50-50 chances of winning, while Washington should beat USC.<
It's complicated, but that procedure potentially gives advantages to Cal, because of its win over Arizona, and Utah, which beat UCLA.
So it's likely that a tiebreaker will be used to determine one or more of the top four seeds, with a first-round bye, for next week's Pac-12 tournament in Las Vegas. Arizona and UCLA are locked into the top two seeds.
There's also an argument that a team such as Utah or Oregon would benefit from playing in the first round, for the sake of accumulating wins to enhance its NCAA Tournament chances.