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Tournament time is rapidly approaching, but there are still plenty of great Pac-12 games that demand attention.
The Pac-12 regular season is winding down and the truly enjoyable part of the college basketball season, the tournaments, both conference and national will soon be on their way. While most college basketball fans and lookers on are starting to great bracket anxious, it doesn't mean that there aren't some really good regular season games left on the schedule, especially in the Pac-12.
Here are the 12 remaining games in Pac-12 play that will likely be the most exciting, interesting and will likely have the most riding on them and the best part is that with the improved TV contract, each and every one can actually be watched by fans.
12. March 9 - UCLA at Washington
The last day of regular season play in the Pac-12 starts with two underachieving teams playing it out in Seattle. UCLA may still be in the conference title hunt, so this could be an incredibly important game for them and though they have struggled this year, this is still a very talented Husky team that is due to upset one of the conference's top dogs, especially UCLA, after losing a heartbreaker to them at the buzzer earlier in the season in LA.
11. February 28 - Oregon State at Oregon
Rivalry games are always fun and the Ducks will be fighting for the conference title here while the Beavers' Craig Robinson will likely be fighting for his job. Robinson is in a deep hole and an upset of the hated Ducks could really help his cause.
10. March 9 - Oregon at Utah
This isn't a particularly enthralling match-up as it pits the current conference leader against a current bottom dweller, but there could be a ton at stake here come March 9 as there is a good chance that the Ducks might need this game to sew up the regular season title for the first time since 2002. This could be a big day for the Ducks and don't completely sleep on the Utes, who have frustrated other Pac-12 teams this season when you least expect it and have home court.
9. February 23 - Stanford at Oregon
This one is coming right up, tomorrow to be exact and is more than likely a must win for Stanford if they want to hang onto any hope of an NCAA Tournament berth without winning the Pac-12 Tournament. The Cardinal have cooled a bit after their strong January/early-February run, but are still a very strong team capable of upsetting the Ducks in Eugene if the Ducks don't come out hungry for revenge.
8. February 27 - Arizona at USC
This one might seem a bit like a gimme on the Wildcats' schedule but the Trojans are starting to become sneaky good as they have won four out of their last five and the Wildcats haven't played that well since December. The Wildcats will likely still be right in the thick of the fight for the conference championship and a very high seed in the NCAA Tournament but the Trojans look like they could be ready to put up a good fight on their home court.
7. March 6 - Stanford at Cal
I think Stanford's NCAA Tournament hopes will be dashed at this point, but that Cal's will still be alive but also very vulnerable and unable to withstand a loss here. With those circumstances and the cross-bay rivalry, this should be a very hotly contested match-up with the Bears trying exact revenge after the Cardinal's win back in January.
6. February 24 - UCLA at USC
The Trojans shocked the Bruins in overtime in Pauley last time that they met up in January and it sparked USC's resurgence after firing Kevin O'Neil. The Bruins are still fighting for the conference lead and NCAA Tournament seeding and will have to be fueled by revenge when they drive down to the Galen Center to take on the suddenly strong Trojans.
5. February 27 - Arizona State at UCLA
Arizona State's NCAA Tournament hopes are very vulnerable, but a win against UCLA in LA could be enough to put them in a better place, but the Bruins have to be fired up to take on the Sun Devils after getting upset in Tempe just days after they upset Arizona in Tucson. Both teams will have a ton to play for here, so expect a hard fought game that pits the conference's two best freshman in Shabazz Muhammad and Jahii Carson against each other.
4. March 2 - Colorado at Cal
There is still a bit to be played before these two meet, but the Buffs and Bears are two of the hottest bubble teams in the country right now and a win here for either could go a long ways in making sure that they end up on the right side of the bubble on selection Sunday.
3. March 9 - Arizona State at Arizona
This looked like it might be one of the worst games of the season heading in but now has the potential to be the best. Neck-and-neck with Oregon and UCLA, the Wildcats could need this game to win the regular season and the Sun Devils may need this game to keep their NCAA Tournament chances healthy. Mark Lyons vs. Jahii Carson is also a very entertaining backcourt battle that is also the regular season finale for both teams.
2. March 7 - Oregon at Colorado
This is the only really tough game left on the Ducks' schedule so it's likely that they will come out ultra-focused, but the Buffs are looking tougher and tougher as the season goes on and Ducks are sure to get a rough welcome in Boulder. Also, these are two similar teams that are deep and balanced without superstars and their first meeting in Eugene was a one-point nail biter.
1. March 2 - Arizona at UCLA
This game will likely decide which team challenges Oregon for the regular season title and which team likely won't fall any further than second in the Pac-12 standings at worst. The Bruins played maybe their best game of the season earlier in the year in Tucson to win round one, but the Wildcats are one of the few teams in the Pac-12 that is just as talented, if not more talented than the Bruins, so expect an exciting one in Westwood to kick of the month of March madness.