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Noon hoops: What’s wrong with the Pac-12?

Post by Ryan Divish on Dec. 29, 2011 at 1:14 pm with No Comments »
December 29, 2011 1:54 pm

Big thanks to Todd Milles, who stepped in and wrote an excellent preview of the Pac-12 basketball season which begins tonight.

His story addresses all of what has gone wrong with the Pac-12 in the non-conference season, while pointing out that the lack of any true “star” level players is a factor in the early season troubles.

From Todd’s story

The numbers are not pretty. Consider:

• Pac-12 teams are 0-12 against ranked opponents.

• Although nine of the 12 conference teams posted winning marks, 31 of the collective 57 losses have been by double-digit margins.

• Pac-12 schools have one win against a Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) top-50 team – Oregon State’s 100-95 overtime victory over Texas in November.

• Heading into the start of league play tonight, the Pac-12 sits ninth in conference RPI – just behind the Missouri Valley Conference.

• The conference’s highest scorer, Oregon State’s Jared Cunningham at 16.8 points per game, isn’t ranked in the top 100 nationally.

Embarrassing for a high-profile conference with a proud heritage? A sign of things to come? Proof of how it has been in the past few seasons? Whatever the answer, one thing is certain – the Pac-12 has been a flop.

“I was the coach a year ago who felt we were underappreciated as a conference, and I really believe I was right when you look at the NBA draft and how we performed in the NCAA tournament as a conference,” Arizona’s Sean Miller said. “This year, there is no excuse. As a conference, we don’t have those marquee wins. That doesn’t mean our conference, our players and teams won’t keep getting better.”

For tonight’s game UW-Oregon State game .

Here’s the Oregonian’s breakdown of the game and their preview.

The Corvallis Gazette-Times has this preveiw

Around the Pac-12

Uptempo play is the key to Arizona’s success according to Bruce Pascoe. Having a favorable Pac-12 schedule helps too.

Here’s a video Pac-12 preview from the Arizona Republic

Diane Pucin of the LA Times has a look at the Pac-12. She also has this preview of UCLA’s big weekend with a trip to the Bay Area. Here’s another preview from ESPN LA

Kevin O’Neill says the key to USC having more success is to play harder.





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