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Pac-12 Recap: Two teams remain undefeated, while two others are winless in conference

Arizona and Oregon continue to take down all comers in Pac-12 play.

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Arizona State (75) at Arizona (91)

The Arizona Wildcats put this one away nearly as soon as it started, with the score resembling something you might see in a football game during the latter portions of the first half. Arizona scored the first 12 points of the game, with the Arizona State Sun Devils failed to respond with a bucket of their own until nearly three minutes had passed. Arizona’s largest lead of the game came late in the first half as they were up as many as 24 points. The Sun Devils pulled within 12 a bit past the midway point of the second half, but could not close the gap any further. Arizona’s depth issues have been a talking point this season, but Arizona State has issues of their own. The Sun Devils played just seven players to the Wildcats’ eight. And of those seven, three of them did the heavy lifting while the rest failed to make much of a dent on the scoreboard. Obinna Oleka, Torian Graham, and Tra Holder combined for 60 of the team’s 75 points. Meanwhile, Lauri Markkanen’s 30 points in 30 minutes on 12 of 18 from the field led the way for Arizona.

Oregon State (43) at Oregon (85)

Looking to keep up with Arizona, the Oregon Ducks got off to a flying start in a dominant win over their in-state rivals, the Oregon State Beavers. The Ducks scored the first 21 points of the contest and held the Beavers scoreless for 9 minutes and 16 seconds. The halftime score resembled the typical result when these two teams squared off in football during the Chip Kelly years as Oregon held a 43-13 advantage at the half. Despite the poor team performance, Oregon State’s Drew Eubanks contributed 19 points on 7 of 10 shooting. Oregon emptied the bench to give some of their regulars a bit of rest in the blowout. Peyton Pritchard led the Ducks in scoring with 17 points on 4 of 4 from three-point range.

UCLA (104) at Colorado (89)

The Colorado Buffaloes were able to hang in there with the UCLA Bruins during the first half of the contest, but the Bruins pulled away midway through the second half. UCLA’s shooting was unreal. The Bruins made 56.5 percent of their field goals, while shooting 19 of 31 (61.3 percent) from downtown, and 15 of 16 from the free throw line. Bryce Alford notched 37 points on 11 of 18 from the field and 9 of 14 from three-point range. Xavier Johnson contributed 21 points on 8 of 14 from the field to lead Colorado.

UCLA (83) at Utah (82)

The Utah Utes gave UCLA one helluva scare. This matchup was a back and forth affair throughout and Utah led by as much as nine points in the second half. Utah led 77-75 with just under three minutes remaining in the game when Lonzo Ball found Alford for a go-ahead three-pointer. Utah responded immediately when Lorenzo Bonam found Sedrick Barefield for a long-range bucket to re-establish their lead. With just under two minutes remaining in the contest Ball found Aaron Holiday for another three-point basket to go up 81-80. UCLA never again relinquished the lead and held on for the tight road victory.

USC (64) at Utah (86)

Utah dominated the USC Trojans by way of hot shooting. The Utes shot 55.2 percent from the field and 52.9 percent from three-point range, while holding USC to 36.7 percent shooting from the field. Chimezie Metu was the only Trojan to reach double figures with 17 points. Utah’s balanced scoring proved to be more than enough to take down the Trojans as Devon Daniels (17), Lorenzo Bonam (15), David Collette (15), and Sedrick Barefield (14) all scored at least 14 points.

USC (71) at Colorado (68)

The Buffs raced out to an early 11-point lead, but ultimately made too many mistakes to notch an upset victory. The win snapped a two-game skid for the Trojans. The Buffs committed 17 turnovers to just seven for the Trojans. Colorado shot well from three-point range (45.8 percent), but made just 53.8 percent of their free throws. Metu was the difference maker for USC as he notched 24 points on 11 of 14 from the field.

Washington (59) at California (69)

This was a game of runs as both teams surged to the lead at different points in the second half. Ivan Rabb tallied yet another double-double as he continues to dominate conference play. Rabb scored 20 points and added 14 rebounds while shooting 50 percent from the field. Jabari Bird added 16 points on 6 of 10 shooting. A big difference in the game was the California Golden Bears’ ability to keep the Washington Huskies’ star — Markelle Fultz — in check (12 points, 3 of 15 from the field).

Washington State (54) at California (58)

The Bears were able to overcome another poor shooting night to defeat the Washington State Cougars and improve to 4-2 in conference. Malachi Flynn put in a strong performance for the Cougs as he racked up 20 points while playing the entire game. The Bears were led once again by Rabb’s 14 points and 12 rebounds. Cal will have to shoot better from the field to beat their next opponent, Oregon.

Washington State (54) at Stanford (84)

Robert Cartwright and Reid Travis dominated the Cougs by combining for 38 points on 16 of 24 from the field — just two fewer field goals than the entire Cougars team.

Washington (69) at Stanford (76)

Fultz tried to make up for his poor outing against Cal by almost willing the Huskies to victory over the Stanford Cardinal, but his 34 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks were not enough to steal the win. Michael Humphrey registered a double-double of his own with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks on 7 of 11 from the field.

Up Next

Utah at Washington State, Wednesday on Pac-12 Network

Colorado at Washington, Wednesday on ESPNU

California at Oregon, Thursday on ESPN2

Arizona at USC, Thursday on Pac-12 Network

Stanford at Oregon State, Thursday on Pac-12 Network

Arizona State at UCLA, Thursday on Fox Sports 1

Colorado at Washington State, Saturday on Pac-12 Network

Arizona at UCLA, Saturday on CBS

Stanford at Oregon, Saturday on Pac-12 Network

Utah at Washington, Saturday on Pac-12 Network

California at Oregon State, Saturday on Pac-12 Network

Arizona State at USC, Saturday on ESPNU

Standings

Arizona, 5-0, 16-2

Oregon, 5-0, 16-2

UCLA, 5-1, 18-1

California, 4-2, 13-5

Utah, 3-2, 12-5

USC, 3-3, 16-3

Washington State, 2-3, 9-8

Arizona State, 2-3, 9-9

Stanford, 2-4, 10-8

Washington, 1-4, 8-9

Colorado, 0-5, 10-8

Oregon State, 0-5, 4-14