Arizona State at No. 3 Arizona leads Pac-12 week

GAME OF THE WEEK: Arizona State at No. 3 Arizona on Saturday. The Wildcats (16-1, 6-0 Pac-12) lost 75-59 to No. 7 UCLA on Tuesday night but have one of the best offenses in the nation — leading in assists per game (21.3) and second in score (88.7 points). The Sun Devils (6-11, 2-5) are coming off a blistering loss to No. 15 Southern Cal but were without coach Bobby Hurley or guard Jay Heath after being suspended for clashing with officials after a loss to Stanford. Winning at McKale Center against its biggest rival could do a lot for Arizona State in turning its season around.

LOOKING AHEAD: The Pac-12 has two more rival games next week. On Saturday, Oregon State plays Oregon in a clash of teams going in opposite directions. The Ducks usually regain their form late in the season under coach Dana Altman, and they did this year. Oregon (12-6, 5-2) has won six straight, including top-5 finishes over UCLA and USC in back-to-back games. The Beavers (3-14, 1-6) have worked hard after appearing in the Elite Eight last season, losing four straight and 14 of 16. California and Stanford renew their rivalry next Tuesday. The Cardinal (11-6, 4-3) was inconsistent but picked up wins over USC and Oregon. The Bears (9-10, 2-6) have lost five straight and have a tough week heading into the Cardinal, facing UCLA and USC this week.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: The Pac-12 has had three top-25 teams for 11 straight weeks, its longest streak since a 19-week run in 2016-17. … Oregon climbed 48 places to 52nd in the NET rankings during its six-game winning streak. … Arizona’s Dalen Terry is 10th nationally with an assist-to-rotation ratio of 3.09 per game. … Stanford is 339th nationally with 15.9 turnovers per game.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Johnny Juzang, UCLA. The Bruins’ junior guard had quite the week, averaging 25.5 points on 58 percent shooting, including 4 of 7 of 3 in a Pac-12 Mountain Schools sweep. He was named Pac-12 Player of the Week for the second time this season.

ON THE WOMEN’S SIDE: There will be a rematch of the 2021 National Championship game when No. 8 Arizona takes on No. 2 Stanford on Sunday. The Wildcats, who missed a last-second shot in the title game, have won two lopsided games since a controversial loss to No. 19 Oregon on Jan. 15. The Cardinal has won six straight since a four-point loss to No. 1 South Carolina on Dec. 21. Arizona plays UCLA on Wednesday and Stanford takes on Arizona State on Friday before the top-10 showdown.


Compiled by AP Basketball Writer John Marshall in Phoenix.


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