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Pac-12 menโ€™s basketball standings just got tighter with UCLA loss

Pac-12 menโ€™s basketball standings just got tighter with UCLA loss

The Pac-12 Conference continues to shift by the week. The UCLA Bruins are still on top of the conference and have a matchup with the USC Trojans coming up this week.

The Utah Utes are right behind them, and Arizona is hanging around despite a loss.

The Pac-12 menโ€™s side is much better all around than last season, and there should be a few teams aiming for at-large spots besides UCLA and Arizona and whoever wins the Pac-12 Tournament.

Here is an updated look at the standings with a jam-packed week coming up, including USC-UCLA and Utah-Oregon.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA โ€“ JANUARY 05: Jaylen Clark #0 of the UCLA Bruins reacts against the USC Trojans in the second half at UCLA Pauley Pavilion on January 05, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The Bruins finally lost a Pac-12 game, scoring only 52 points in a loss to Arizona. The Bruins face USC on Thursday in the Galen Center. UCLA won 60-58 in the first matchup. Expect another rockfight in the rematch.

Jan 14, 2023; Los Angeles, California, USA; Utah Utes guard Gabe Madsen (55) battles for the ball with Southern California Trojans forward VIncent Iwuchukwu (3), guard Boogie Ellis (5) and guard Reese Dixon-Waters (2) in the first half at Galen Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Utes are all alone in second place. They visit Oregon this coming Saturday. The Ducks beat them in Salt Lake City earlier in January.

Mar 18, 2022; San Diego, CA, USA; Arizona Wildcats head coach Tommy Lloyd (right) talks to a referee against the Wright State Raiders during the first half during the first round of the 2022 NCAA Tournament at Viejas Arena. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona beat USC and UCLA to stabilize after some bad losses to Washington State and Oregon in recent weeks.

Jan 21, 2023; Tempe, Arizona, USA; USC Trojans forward VIncent Iwuchukwu (3) shoots against the Arizona State Sun Devils during the first half at Desert Financial Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

ASU is still likely to make the NCAA Tournament, but after losing at home to both UCLA and USC, the Sun Devils still have work to do. They have reduced their margin for error. Theyโ€™re still ahead of USC in the bubble picture, but now the gap between the Devils and Trojans has narrowed.

Jan 21, 2023; Tempe, Arizona, USA; USC Trojans head coach Andy…

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