Well wouldn’t you know it, nobody in the Pac 12 wants to win the regular season championship.
Going into Wednesday UCLA and Oregon were tied with a 12-4 conference record while a red hot Cal team was just a half game back at 12-5. Headed into Thursday morning the Pac 12 race is now Oregon’s to lose.
UCLA laid an egg at last place Washington State and it once again calls into question what to think of the Bruins. They are a hard team to figure out and it’s difficult to predict which UCLA team will show up in any given game, the one that swept Arizona or the one that gets dominated by Washington State.
Meanwhile Cal, a team that was considered to be playing the best basketball in the West outside of Gonzaga, went and got pushed around and blown out by their Bay Area rival Stanford. Things got away from the Bears and it even resulted in a scuffle between the two teams that could end up with some punishments handed down by the conference tomorrow that could have implications on the regular season race.
That brings me to Oregon who gladly sat back and watched the carnage unfold. The teams around them imploded and it leaves a major opportunity for the Ducks to at least secure a first place tie with a win over Colorado tomorrow evening in Boulder. A road win is easier said than done and Oregon is definitely taking note of what went on around the rest of the conference, especially what happened to UCLA.
However, Colorado is a much tougher challenge than Washington State and the Ducks will have to play one of their best games of the season to knock off the Buffs at home. Under third year head coach Tad Boyle Colorado is 44-6 at home and a stellar 11-2 this season. Colorado has Oregon’s number since joining the conference last season winning three of their four meetings including a win in last season’s Pac 12 Tournament and a 48-47 grinder in Eugene less than a month ago.
The Pac 12 title is right there for Oregon to take but it won’t come easily.