Jaylen Clark has scored in double figures in each of his last five games. The third-year UCLA guard is the Bruins’ second-leading scorer this season, adding an offensive punch to an already fantastic defensive game. When Clark has had it going at both ends, UCLA has been tough to beat.

Well, UCLA has generally been tough to beat this season. The Bruins are 23-4 and looking to clinch their first outright Pac-12 regular-season championship since 2013.

Clark knows how long it has been. He and the rest of the Bruins want it.

“That’d be a huge accomplishment for us,” he said Tuesday.

That’s where UCLA’s focus lies as it prepares to face Utah and Colorado on the road later this week. It is not with wherever Bracketologist X or Projection Y has them slotted in the approaching NCAA Tournament.

UCLA will be a top-16 overall seed in the field. That much is known. Everything else is conjecture.

Coach Mick Cronin irked some on the media side of things this week when he suggested that UCLA being seeded below Arizona in the NCAA Tournament selection committee’s bracket preview show last weekend was a result of the program’s upcoming move to the Big Ten.

Being below the Wildcats would send the Bruins to the East side of the bracket and keep Arizona closer to home. Cronin would certainly prefer being closer to the fanbase, and he has a case to make for why UCLA, despite losing head-to-head to Arizona already, should be seeded higher than the Wildcats.

But Clark says the best case will be made on the court, so the team isn’t worried about seed projections right now.

“At the end of the day, we’re gonna play each other,” Clark said. Perhaps twice more still. “So that’s where it’s all gonna be said and done. That’s how I look at it. That’s how my family looks at it. You go beat them, you’ll be in the West. They beat you, you’re in the East. Very simple.

“I mean, to me, it’s not even disrespect. They’re all predictions at this point. But yeah, like I say, we have to play each other. If we beat them, we’ll be good, and if they beat us, vice versa. It’s very simple.”

Winning sorts everything out in the end.

The fourth-ranked Bruins go for win No. 24 on Thursday in Salt Lake City. Tip-off against Utah is set for 8 p.m. PT on FS1.