With two games left to play, all the Ducks had to do was win one to guarantee themselves at least a share of the PAC-12 title. They were routed by a hot Colorado team and upended by low-tier team, Utah, sputtering them out of first place and into a three-way-tie with Arizona and Cal.
This loss to Utah in the final game of conference came as no surprise for either team. The PAC-12 had no really top tier team this year. All teams experienced hot streaks but also cold spells. The examples are countless as Arizona State beat Colorado twice, Washington State beat UCLA at home for the first time at home in two decades, and USC beat powerhouse teams UCLA and Arizona.
With so much uncertainty in the season, look for it to carry over to the PAC-12 tournament. At this point, it would not be surprising to see any team win it. With a bubble team knowing that this is its last chance for a shot at the tournament, they’ll be raising their level of intensity and play. Hopefully for us, the Ducks will wake up from their weekend haze and play to the level we know they can while they gear up to make runs in the PAC-12 tournament and hopefully the NCAA tourney as well.