Friday, Aug. 14, 2020

AdvertiseDonate
NewsSportsArtsOpinionThe QuadPhotoVideoIllustrationsCartoonsGraphicsThe StackPRIMEEnterpriseInteractivesPodcastsClassifieds

IN THE NEWS:

Tracking COVID-19 at UCLA2020 Racial Justice Movement

Around the League: Pac-12 men’s basketball vies for byes, baseball opens strong

(Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

By Ryan Smith, David Gottlieb, and Joy Hong

Feb. 27, 2018 12:47 a.m.

Men’s basketball
David Gottlieb, Sports editor

The fight for a bye in the Pac-12 Tournament is getting tighter.

The top four teams in the conference each have the luxury of skipping the first round of the tournament – set to take place on March 7. Arizona and USC are the only teams to have clinched a spot in the top four, with conference records of 12-4 and 12-5, respectively.

Stanford is in control of its own destiny with respect to earning a bye. The Cardinal have a 10-6 record in conference and two more Pac-12 games on their schedule. Winning both will ensure Stanford doesn’t start its tournament run until March 8.

UCLA and Utah are both 10-7 – good for a tie for fourth – with just one more Pac-12 game left to play. Both could end up leapfrogging Stanford, meaning the Bruins and the Utes would get byes.

Perhaps a more interesting situation would happen if the teams stay tied. UCLA would actually hang onto its top-four seed and first-round bye because of its win against Arizona in Tucson earlier this year.

The most recent Pac-12 Tournament handbook available online states that tiebreakers are decided based on how teams have fared against the top team in the conference. This year, that’s probably going to be the Wildcats – who need just one more win to clinch the No. 1 seed.

Utah went 0-2 against Arizona this year. UCLA is 1-0.

Women’s basketball
Joy Hong, Daily Bruin contributor

The Pac-12 regular season concluded this past weekend as the 12 teams head to Seattle for the conference tournament, which kicks off Thursday.

No. 9 UCLA women’s basketball (23-6, 14-4) finished tied with No. 10 Oregon State (23-6, 14-4) for third in the Pac-12 standings. The Beavers, however, have the tiebreaker over the Bruins since they are 1-1 against the Pac-12 regular season champions No. 6 Oregon (27-4, 16-2), while UCLA is 0-2.

Oregon was crowned conference champion this weekend for the first time since 2000 after defeating both Arizona schools.

If Arizona State (19-11, 10-8) had topped Oregon State, UCLA would have secured the third seed for the Pac-12 Tournament, meaning it would not have to see the Ducks until the championship game.

However, the Sun Devils fell short of the upset, and the Bruins could now potentially face the Beavers in the semifinals on Saturday for the third time this season.

The Sun Devils, dropped both games against the Oregon schools on the weekend, but only lost the games by an average of 8.5 points. Despite Arizona State’s record, seven of its 11 losses have come against top-25 teams.

No. 16 Stanford (20-9, 14-3) secured second in the standings after defeating Washington (7-22, 1-17) on Friday. Its game against Washington State (10-19, 3-14) was cancelled due to the sudden passing of the Cougars’ director of strength and conditioning.

The Pac-12, arguably the best conference in women’s basketball, now has three teams in the top 10 for the first time this season. The three teams, along with Stanford, earned first-round byes and will compete Friday in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament.

Baseball
Ryan Smith, assistant Sports editor

After taking a weekend series over Baylor, No. 11 UCLA baseball (6-1) held strong in the newest rankings released by D1Baseball.com on Monday.

The Bruins will travel to Cal State Fullerton (1-6) on Tuesday, and then return home for an exhibition with NC Dinos, a South Korean team, Wednesday.

UCLA will end the week in Minneapolis for the DQ Classic/Pac-12 vs. Big 10 Challenge where it will take on Illinois, Michigan State and Minnesota – all unranked teams.

Other ranked teams from the Pac-12 have also gotten off to fast starts.

No. 2 Oregon State (8-0) scored 50 runs in five games last week, but did not jump No. 1 Florida (7-1) in the rankings despite the Gators falling to the Hurricanes on Sunday.

No. 8 Stanford (8-0) climbed into the top 10 after starting the week ranked 12th, following a sweep of Rice over the weekend.

USC (6-1) has not lost since dropping its season-opener to Utah Valley, but remains unranked.

Share this story:FacebookTwitterRedditEmail
Ryan Smith | Alumnus
Smith joined the Bruin as a freshman in 2016 and contributed until he graduated in 2020. He was the Sports editor for the 2018-2019 academic year, an assistant Sports editor for the 2017-2018 academic year and spent time on the football, men's basketball, women's basketball, men's water polo, baseball, men's golf and women's golf beats.
Smith joined the Bruin as a freshman in 2016 and contributed until he graduated in 2020. He was the Sports editor for the 2018-2019 academic year, an assistant Sports editor for the 2017-2018 academic year and spent time on the football, men's basketball, women's basketball, men's water polo, baseball, men's golf and women's golf beats.
David Gottlieb | Alumnus
Gottlieb joined the Bruin as a freshman in 2014 and contributed until he graduated in 2018. He was the Sports editor for the 2017-2018 academic year, an assistant Sports editor for the 2016-2017 academic year and spent time on the football, men's basketball, baseball, softball, women's volleyball, men's golf and women's golf beats.
Gottlieb joined the Bruin as a freshman in 2014 and contributed until he graduated in 2018. He was the Sports editor for the 2017-2018 academic year, an assistant Sports editor for the 2016-2017 academic year and spent time on the football, men's basketball, baseball, softball, women's volleyball, men's golf and women's golf beats.
Joy Hong | Managing editor
Hong is the 2019-2020 Managing editor. She was previously an assistant Sports editor for the women's basketball, men's water polo, women's water polo, women's tennis, and beach volleyball beats.
Hong is the 2019-2020 Managing editor. She was previously an assistant Sports editor for the women's basketball, men's water polo, women's water polo, women's tennis, and beach volleyball beats.
COMMENTS
Featured Classifieds
Apartments for Rent

Beverly Hills Jason, Sunset Blvd and Doheny Dr. Upper Large Studio Appartment,l arge balcony, city view, full kitchen, full bathroom, parquet floor, hot and cold water, garbage, quiet building, available now. Studio $1995,1*1 $2295 #310-991-4777 only no email please.

More classifieds »
Related Posts