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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.

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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.

Now, for the tiebreakers. The first factor, obviously, is head-to-competition. In a multiple-team tie, that includes all games played within the group. If more than two teams remain tied on that basis, the next step is results vs. the top teams in the conference standings.

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.

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Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
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» Hood returns after extended personal leave
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» New uniforms prove fashion trumps tradition

California (East Bay Tribune)
» Cal's goal in Dykes' second season is to establish running game
» Stanford 11th in AP's top 25 preseason football poll; Florida State No. 1
» AP Top 25 Preseason Poll
» Cal football: Sonny Dykes upbeat after closed scrimmage

Colorado (Denver Post)
» Colorado special teams looking for many happy returns in 2014
» Turnover margin always a concern for Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre
» CU scrambling to settle on replacement for injured safety Jered Bell
» Injured Colorado safety Jered Bell to seek sixth year, coach MacIntyre says

Oregon (The Oregonian)
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Oregon State (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
» Oregon State hires longtime trainer hired Fred Tedeschi
» Beavers hire Mark Massari as deputy athletics director
» Oregon State hands out Bennys to top athletes, coaches and teams
» OSU fishing: MacDonald, Martinez win conference tournament

Stanford (San Jose Mercury-News)
» Stanford football: Defensive coordinator learns from 49ers counterpart
» Stanford 11th in AP's top 25 preseason football poll; Florida State No. 1
» AP Top 25 Preseason Poll
» Stanford football: Tailbacks Kelsey Young, Remound Wright miss scrimmage

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)
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» Huskies morning links: UW will go by-commitee to replace Austin Seferian-Jenkins
» In trying to replace Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Huskies may go with by-committee approach
» Husky coach Chris Petersen joins Twitter to keep up with recruits

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» Live WSU Football Chat
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