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Thursday, Feb. 7

Men's basketball: The Pac-12 regular season heads into its final month, with 19th-ranked Oregon at home against Colorado, 7 p.m. (ESPNU). The Ducks, after back-to-back losses at Stanford and Cal, fell into a first-place tie with No. 7 Arizona, both at 7-2 (going into the Wildcats' game with Stanford on Wednesday). Arizona State and UCLA are lurking at 6-3.

Portland State is down to its final six Big Sky games and needs a strong finish to be one of the top seven finishers and make the conference playoffs. The Vikings are on the road this week, starting with a 5:30 p.m. PT game today at Northern Arizona. PSU (5-14, 3-9 Big Sky) are 0-10 away and have lost their last six games overall.

The Portland Pilots greet Loyola Marymount at Chiles Center at 7 p.m., in the battle of last-place teams in the West Coast Conference (CSN). Both clubs are 1-8 in league. UP is 8-16 overall; the Lions are 8-14. The Pilots have lost six in a row since they shot 54.7 percent from the field and won 68-64 at Loyola Marymount (37.7 percent) on Jan. 12.

Women's basketball: PSU gave itself some playoff hope with a 75-72 upset of Big Sky leader Montana Saturday in Missoula. Courtney VanBrocklin made 4 of 4 free throws in the final 24 seconds after PSU had shot a season-high 54.2 percent from the field. Still, the Vikings have ground to make up in the conference; they are tied with North Dakota for eighth at 4-8. Southern Utah (4-7) is in the seventh and final playoff spot. The Viks have two must-wins at home this weekend. First up is Northern Arizona at Stott Center at 7:30 tonight. PSU lost 70-68 in overtime to Southern Utah on Jan. 24 and will play there on Feb. 14.

UP treks to Moraga, Calif., to face Saint Mary's at 6 p.m. in WCC play.

In NCAA Division III, the 10th-ranked Lewis & Clark Pioneers dropped into a tie for the Northwest Conference lead with a 53-52 loss Friday at Whitworth. The Pios (19-2) recovered the next night and got a key 61-52 win at Whitman, which had beaten them 88-72 on Jan. 4. L&C and No. 21 George Fox are 10-2 and Whitworth and Whitman are 9-3 in the conference as they head into the last two weekends of the regular season. The Pios, who swept George Fox, play at Puget Sound at 6 p.m.

Softball: Both Oregon, ranked as high as No. 5 in the nation in one preseason poll, and Oregon State open their seasons with six non-league games in four days at the Kajikawa ASU Classic in Tempe, Ariz. The Ducks begin with a game today against Western Michigan, while the Beavers' debut is today versus Stephen F. Austin. … Portland State also takes part in the tournament at Arizona State. The Viks' season opener is today against San Jose State. PSU will play a total of six games in four days, as well, tackling Boise State, Stanford, Bradley, Kentucky and Indiana.

Friday, Feb. 8

Blazers: The third of six straight games on the road has Portland at Houston, 5 p.m. PT (CSN).

Winterhawks: Portland begins a big back-to-back set on the road with Kelowna, a team the Hawks could face in the Western Hockey League conference finals. Kelowna (40-10-3-1, 84 points through Tuesday) had a nine-point lead on Kamloops through in the WHL B.C. Division, while Portland was at 43-7-1-2 going into a Wednesday game with Calgary and leading the league with 89 points.

Timbers: Portland's preseason slate in Arizona concludes with a 10 a.m. PT game versus host FC Tucson, a Premier Development League semipro team.

Men's basketball: Lewis & Clark lost on the road last weekend to Northwest Conference top dogs Whitworth and Whitman but still has a shot at second place. L&C (7-5 NWC, 13-8 overall) journeys to Puget Sound for an 8 p.m. clash.

In the Cascade Collegiate Conference, second-place Warner Pacific visits Northwest Christian in Eugene at 7:30 p.m., while Concordia stops at Corban at 7:30 p.m. ... Warner Pacific (11-3 league, 20-6) is ranked 13th in NAIA Division II and trails only No. 1 Eastern Oregon (14-1, 26-1) in the CCC. The Knights have opened a two-game lead over third-place Southern Oregon and a 2 1/2-game edge on Northwest, thanks in part to Saturday's big home win over Northwest. Ryan Parks' 3-pointer at the buzzer, along with his game-high 17 points, gave Warner Pacific the 75-72 victory. ... Concordia has climbed to a solid sixth in the league at 8-6 (four games ahead of Oregon Tech and Corban) and 13-10 overall. The top eight teams make the CCC tournament.

Women's basketball: Can Oregon escape the Pac-12 cellar? The last-place Ducks (1-9) play at next-to-last Utah (2-8) at 6 p.m., the first meeting of two between the teams this season. … OSU (3-7) tips off at Colorado (5-5 at 6 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks).

Lewis & Clark takes on Willamette at 6 p.m. at Pamplin Sports Center in the Pioneers' final home game of the regular season.

In the Cascade Collegiate Conference, Warner Pacific (10-4, 15-9 overall) is third behind 16th-ranked College of Idaho (13-2) and co-No. 4 Eastern Oregon (15-0). WPC plays at Northwest Christian (6-8) at 5:30 p.m. Also in CCC action, Concordia (4-10, seventh) visits Corban (3-11) at 5:30 p.m.

Track and field: The Oregon Ducks will have athletes at two indoor meets today and Saturday — the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., and the Husky Classic in Seattle. PSU also competes in the Husky event.

Saturday, Feb. 9

Winterhawks: Portland, ranked No. 1 in last week's Canadian Hockey League poll, plays at Kelowna for the second night in a row. Face-off is 7 p.m. The Rockets were fourth in the CHL rankings.

Cheerleading: The Oregon School Activities Association state championships take place at Memorial Coliseum. The morning session starts at 8:15 a.m., and the afternoon session begins at 1:30 p.m.

Men's basketball: Oregon plays host to Utah at 5 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks). … Portland is at home to Pepperdine at 1 p.m. … PSU visits Sacramento State, 7 p.m. … Lewis & Clark welcomes Willamette at 8 p.m. … Warner Pacific is at Corban, 7:30 p.m., and Concordia plays at Northwest Christian, 7:30 p.m.

Women's basketball: At Stott Center, PSU welcomes Sacramento State for a 2 p.m. tilt. … Portland is at Pepperdine, 2 p.m. … Warner Pacific is at Corban, and Concordia is at Northwest Christian. Both games start at 5:30 p.m.

PIL 5A swimming: The district championships for Cleveland, Franklin, Madison and Wilson start at 1 p.m. at Dishman Pool in Northeast Portland.

Sunday, Feb. 10

Oregon Sports Awards: The top athletes, coaches, teams and more from 2012 will be honored at the 61st annual show, once known as the Bill Hayward Banquet of Champions. Nike's Tiger Woods Center is again the setting for the state's top sports figures. Neil Everett, ESPN SportsCenter anchor, is the awards show host. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the show begins at 7 p.m.

Blazers: Portland is in Florida for two games, the first at 3 p.m. PT against Orlando (CSN).

Men's basketball: OSU visits Colorado, 6 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks).

Women's basketball: Oregon State has a noon date with Utah (Pac-12 Networks). … Oregon is at Colorado, 12:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 12

Blazers: Portland visits NBA champion Miami at 4:30 p.m. PT (CSN). It's the Blazers' fifth of six consecutive road games.

Wednesday, Feb. 13

Blazers: Portland's stretch of six road games in 10 days ends with a 5 p.m. PT stop at New Orleans (CSN).