Elaine Thompson, Associated Press
Washington's Terrence Ross shoots a free throw against Washington State in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, in Seattle. Ross led all scorers with 30 points and14 rebounds as Washington won 75-65.

SEATTLE — It's still very early in the conference season, but after three weeks of Pac-12 play, Washington, Stanford and California all are at the top of the standings with just one conference loss each.

And with Washington playing the Bay Area schools just once this season due to changes in the conference scheduling plan, a premium is being placed on this week's matchups between the Huskies (11-6, 4-1 Pac-12) and Golden Bears (15-4, 5-1) on Thursday night and Washington and Stanford (15-3, 5-1) on Saturday afternoon.

Washington guard Terrence Ross, coming off a career-high 30 points against rival Washington State, says this week has a big game feel. Since dropping three straight in December, the Huskies have won seven of nine.