Does any team want to win the Pac 12 this year?
The championship has just been dangling in front of UCLA, Cal and Oregon for the past week but nobody has stepped up and taken control. Within the past week, with each team having a shot at distancing themselves, they all lost and now a champion won’t be crowned until the final game is in the books.
As for the Bruins they had a chance to take a lead in the standings but inexplicably lost to last place Washington State on Wednesday and fell right back to the pack. However, they still have a shot to earn at least a share of the regular season title with a win over Washington on Saturday.
Winning at Washington is easier said than done though for UCLA under head coach Ben Howland. The Bruins have not walked out of Washington with a road win since 2004 but this year is probably their best opportunity with the Huskies struggles, especially at home. Washington is just a paltry 5-6 at home during conference play this season, one of their worst seasons at home in recent memory.
On the flip side, UCLA is 5-3 on the road during Pac 12 play and if not for their head scratching loss to the Cougars, who were without two of their top three scorers, they would have the best road record in the league. Regardless, the loss on Wednesday is more of an anomaly than a trend for the Bruins but they need to keep it that way.
A Pac 12 regular season title may not mean that much to the Bruins but with their game on Saturday against the Huskies being nationally televised they will likely rise to the challenge. The Bruins have a knack of playing their best in the spotlight and Saturday should not be any different.