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Pac-12 Conference Weekend Preview: Battle for No. 2 Seed

USC, UCLA Square Off in Regular-Season Finale

Although Arizona secured the No. 1 seed in the Pac-12 tournament and UCLA and Southern California will be slotted into the No. 2 and 3 seeds in an order yet to be determined, there is still plenty to play for heading into the final weekend of the regular season.

Arizona (+700) has the third-best national championship odds according to the latest March Madness odds. UCLA (+2500), Southern California (+8000) and Oregon (+10000) are other top teams out of the Pac-12.

Pac-12 Conference Weekend Preview, March 5
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Arizona is second, UCLA 12th and Southern California 31st in the NCAA NET rankings.

Here’s a look at this weekend’s games in the SEC with some information for those who bet online.

USC Trojans vs UCLA Bruins

  • Date, time, TV: Saturday, 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

What a way to end the regular season with two of the Pac-12’s elite teams squaring off.

No. 17 UCLA (22-6, 14-5) has won five of its last six games and covered in each of those wins. Only one of the Bruins’ previous six games was decided by single digits.

No. 16 USC (25-5, 14-5) saw its six-game winning streak end with a 20-point home loss to Arizona. The Trojans are 1-4 against the spread in their last five games

Southern California’s three-point home win on Feb. 12 was the Trojans’ fifth straight against UCLA. Each of the last five meetings went under the total.

The winner of the game figures to take a jump in the eyes of those who put together the March Madness odds.

It could be an entertaining affair as UCLA is second and USC third in the conference in scoring offense.

Stanford Cardinal vs Arizona State Sun Devils

  • Date, time, TV: Saturday, 3 p.m. ET

This is a matchup of teams heading in different directions.

Arizona State (13-16, 9-10) has won its last three games and six of the last seven, with the Sun Devils covering in each of those wins. Four of Arizona State’s last five games went under the total.

Stanford has lost its last four games but did cover in its last outing as an 18½-point underdog according to the college basketball spreads in an 81-69 loss at Arizona.

Stanford (15-14, 8-11) has lost six of its last seven games to fall into ninth in the Pac-12 standings. Three of the Cardinal’s last four games finished under the total.

Stanford’s 79-76 win on Jan. 22 snapped a three-game losing streak to Arizona State, although the Sun Devils have covered in each of the last four meetings. Seven of the last eight games between the Sun Devils and Cardinal have gone over the total.

Arizona State is second in the Pac-12 in 3-point percentage defense while Stanford is second in rebounding margin.

Oregon Ducks at Washington State Cougars

  • Date, time, TV: Saturday, 4 p.m. ET, CBS

Washington State is looking to continue to trend in the right direction.

Washington State (17-13, 10-9) has won three of its last four contests to move into a tie for sixth place in the conference standings with rival Washington. The Cougars failed to cover in their last four games with three of them going over the total.

Oregon (18-12, 11-8) can finish fourth in the Pac-12 with a victory. The Ducks have lost four of their last five games and failed to cover in seven of the last nine.

Oregon has won four of the last six games against Washington State, including the 62-59 win on Feb. 14 as a five-point favorite. Six of the last seven games between the teams went under the total.

Washington State is third and Oregon fourth in the Pac-12 in turnover margin.

California Bears at Arizona Wildcats

  • Date, time, TV: Saturday, 5 p.m. ET

Arizona has already wrapped up the Pac-12 regular-season title and will look to end the regular season with its third win in a row and 12th in the last 13 games. Arizona (27-3, 17-2) has only covered in two of its last six games. Four of the last five Arizona games went over the total.

Cal (12-18, 5-14) has lost three of its last four but is 5-2 against the spread in its last seven. The last three games went over the total for the Bears.

Second-ranked Arizona has won 10 games in a row against Cal, including a 25-point win as a 13½-point favorite on the road on Jan. 23. The Wildcats have covered in each of the last five games, with three of the last four going under the total.

According to the March Madness predictions, Arizona is in a position to be a No. 1 seed.

Bennedict Mathurin has scored at least 20 points in five of his last eight games.

Cal’s Jordan Shepherd had 21 points, four rebounds and four assists in the last game against Arizona.

Oregon State Beavers vs Washington Huskies

  • Date, time, TV: Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET

Washington bounced back from a four-game losing streak by winning two of the last three games.

Washington (17-13, 10-9) has covered in three of the last four games while 10 of the Huskies’ last 11 games went over the total.

Oregon State (3-26, 1-18) has lost 16 games in a row but is 4-2 against the Las Vegas odds in its last six.

Three of the Beavers’ last four games went over the total.

Washington has won four of the last five matchups with Oregon State, including a 10-point road win on Jan. 20 as a three-point underdog. Four of the last five games in the series went over the total.

Oregon State and Washington are 11th and 12th in the Pac-10 in rebounding margin.

Colorado Buffaloes vs Utah Utes

  • Date, time, TV: Saturday, 9:30 p.m. ET, ESPNU

Colorado used a late-season surge to move into a tie for fourth in the Pac-12 standings.

Colorado (19-10, 11-8) has won six of the last seven games and is 5-1-1 against the spread over the last seven games. Five of the Buffaloes’ last seven games finished over the total.

Utah (11-18, 4-15) has lost its last two games and four of the last six, with five of the last eight contests going over the total.

Each of the last four games between Colorado and Utah has been decided by seven points or less, including Colorado’s five-point win on Feb. 12 that snapped a two-game run of the visiting team emerging victorious. Four of the last five games in the series went over the total.

Colorado leads the conference in 3-point percentage while Utah is third in 3-point percentage defense.

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