When the Oregon Ducks men's basketball team hit #10 in the NCAA Top 25 rankings last week, it looked like no team outside of Arizona in the Pac-12 was going to be able to handle them, and the Ducks had already taken care of that business. One week, and two losses to unranked teams later, the Pac-12 crown does not seem as certain.
#10 Oregon Falls on the Road to Cal, 58-54
Tony Woods has 14 point, and Arsalan Kazemi had 10, but the Ducks fell to the Golden Bears at Berkeley on Saturday. This was the second game for Oregon without starting point guard Dominic Artis, out with a foot injury, and it showed in the possession game where the Ducks (18-4, 7-2) turned it over 22 times. His replacement, Johnathan Loyd turned it over six times by himself. Allen Crabbe and Richard Solomon had 13 each for the Bears (13-8, 5-4), who trailed by as much as eight, but took the lead with 1:35 to play on a jumper by Justin Cobbs. Oregon failed to score at all in the final four minutes, and a final chance with six seconds to play was lost when Woods was tied up by David Kravish to seal the game.
Washington Holds Off Arizona State in Shootout, 96-92
Aziz N'Diaye recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Andrew Andrews had 20 off the bench as the Huskies triumphed over the Sun Devils at home on Saturday. Shawn Kemp Jr. added 18 as Washington (13-9, 5-4) weathered a 31 point storm from Sun Devils guard Jahii Carson. The Sun Devils () tied the game at 89 with 1:04 remaining on a three by Jonathan Gilling, but N'Diaye drove hard to the basket on the following possession, scoring and drawing a foul for a three point lead the Huskies would not give up. Gilling finished with 22 for Arizona State (17-5, 6-3), who lost despite shooting 64 percent from the field, including 12 of 19 from three-point range. But the Huskies controlled the paint, got to the line 10 more times, converting on 21 of 22, and outrebounded Arizona State 33-17.
Washington State Overwhelmed by #8 Arizona, 79-65
Brock Motum and DeVonte Lacy had 15 points each, but the Cougars defense could not contain the Arizona offense in Pullman on Saturday. The Wildcats (19-2, 7-2) had four starters in double figures, with Mark Lyons leading the team with 20. The Cougars (11-11, 2-7) looked to have a serious upset chance early on, down by 9 when Arizona guard Kevin Parrom was ejected for throwing an elbow at Lacy, and Lyons in early foul trouble. However, Mike Ladd ended up on the bench after his third foul in the first half for the Cougars, and Solomon Hill capitalized for the Wildcats, extended the Arizona lead to 14. Hill finished with 18 for the Wildcats, who led by 14 at the half. The Cougars would not get any closer than 10 the rest of the way. D.J. Shelton had a double-double for the Cougars in the losing effort.
Stanford Finishes Sweep Over Oregon Teams; Tops Oregon State 81-73
Roberto Nelson led four Beavers starters in double figures with 20, but it was not enough as Stanford held Oregon State off on Saturday. Joe Burton had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Ahmad Starks had 15, but the Beavers (11-11, 1-8) could not hold the lead in the second half. Chasson Randle had 20 for the Cardinal (14-8, 5-4), and Dwight Powell had 14, including an eight-point stretch with under five minutes to play to put Stanford up for good. Devon Collier's last attempt to keep the Beavers in the game with under a minute to play was blocked by Josh Huestis, and Stanford went eight for eight from the line to put the game away.