Pac-12 Power Rankings
1. Arizona (19-2, 7-2)
2. Oregon (18-4, 7-2) - UA coach Sean Miller called guard Damyean Dotson "an incredible addition to not just Oregon's team, but our conference."
3. UCLA (16-6, 6-3)
4. Arizona State (16-5, 6-3)
5. Stanford (14-8, 5-4)
6. Washington (13-9, 5-4) - Abdul Gaddy needs five assists to become the fifth UW player to reach 400 career assists.
7. Colorado (14-7, 4-5)
8. Cal (13-8, 5-4) - Guard Allen Crabbe leads the league with 19.4 points per game.
9. USC (9-13, 4-5) - Interim coach Bob Cantu said he has been installing concepts, rather than specific plays, as the Trojans adjust to his coaching style on the fly.
10. Utah (10-11, 2-7)
11. Washington State (11-11, 2-7) - Brock Motum's slumping shooting percentage, compared to last year, is a result of the Cougars' inability to establish other scorers to pull attention away from the Aussie forward, Ken Bone said.
12. Oregon State (11-11, 1-8)
This week's games
• Stanford at No. 7 Arizona, 7 p.m. (ESPNews)
• Utah at Oregon State, 7 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)
• Washington at UCLA, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
• Cal at Arizona State, 7:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)
• Colorado at No. 19 Oregon, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
• Washington State at USC, 9:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)
• Stanford at Arizona State, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
• Utah at No. 19 Oregon, 6 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)
• Washington State at UCLA, 8 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)
• California at No. 7 Arizona, 5 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)
• Colorado at Oregon State, 7 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)
• Washington at USC, 8 p.m. (FSAZ)
Last week's results
• USC 75, UCLA 71 (OT)
• Stanford 76, Oregon 52
• Arizona 57, Washington 53
• Cal 71, Oregon State 68
• Arizona State 63, Washington State 59
• Utah 58, Colorado 55
• Cal 58, Oregon 54
• Washington 96, Arizona State 92
• Arizona 79, Washington State 65
• Stanford 81, Oregon State 73
Track down the Pac-12 Pundit on Twitter at @patrickfinley or at azstarnet.com/pac12pundit, and he'll answer your questions all week long. A sampling:
Where is the best place in the Pac-12 to eat a burger? - Daniel
A: Now that's a tough call. Let's exclude chains here. Father's Office in Santa Monica is serious; once had an upside-down pineapple ice cream sandwich there, too. The real debate, though, is hot dogs. Pink's in L.A. vs. Top Dog in the Bay Area vs. the Sonoran dog here. Seriously, let's make a bracket and play that out.
Five facts, takeaways, opinions and hunches from Tuesday's conference call:
1. Jahii Carson might be the league's best player. Arizona State's freshman guard just posted one of the all-time stat lines at Washington, going 13 for 19 from the field for 32 points, five assists and two steals. "Certainly we're biased, and we think he's had a great first half of the season," ASU coach Herb Sendek said. "But I think right now our focus is on this week and the second half of the season. There's so many great players in our league; those kind of decisions are never very easy to make. Certainly he's very valuable to our team, and he's having a phenomenal season." Craig Robinson, who had Carson commit to Oregon State before changing his mind, summed up his game thusly: "He's got nerve."
2. What in the world happened to UCLA? Losing at home to USC, days after the Trojans' pitiful performance at McKale Center? "When we've had success, we haven't handled it very well," coach Ben Howland said.
3. … and with Oregon? Last week, the Ducks went from a top-10, undefeated-in-league play juggernaut to, well, flawed. They lost at Stanford by 24 (!) and then to Cal by four. Dana Altman points to the loss of point guard Dominic Artis - whose weekend return from injury "would be ideal," but isn't a sure thing - and the Ducks propensity for turnovers. Oregon is averaging 21.7 turnovers without Artis, and 15.3 with him.
4. Colorado needs focus. The Buffaloes, darlings of the statistical set, won't make the NCAA tournament if they keep losing to teams like Utah, as they did Saturday. "I like the way our team practices," coach Tad Boyle said. "The problem we have right now is we don't play with a sense of urgency right now. We're a hard team to figure out."
5. Inching closer. Mike Montgomery needs two wins to pass Hec Edmondson, whose 266 league wins is fourth-most ever. Above the former UW coach - Lute Olson (327), John Wooden (304) and Slats Gill (276).
The big number
Freshmen in league history who have scored more, on the road, than Carson's 32 at Washington. O.J. Mayo scored 37 at ASU in 2008, the record. Oregon State's Roberto Nelson and Mayo, a second time, eclipsed Carson.