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Pac-12 hoops rundown: Conference play starts this week

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on Dec. 31, 2012 at 8:27 pm with No Comments »
December 31, 2012 9:07 pm
Arizona's win over Florida, fueled by transfer point guard Mark Lyons, was the Pac-12's biggest non-conference win. / Associated Press

Non-conference play wrapped up today with Oregon State waxing Texas Pan-American 84-59 and Oregon beating Nevada 56-43. Now, it’s time for conference play.

Only one Pac-12 team had a sub-.500 record in non-conference play, and that was USC, which has been a mess. Head coach Kevin O’Neill likely has to show some rapid improvement in order to keep his job. Washington, at 8-5, has the second-worst record in the conference. It can point to three games: Albany, Nevada and UConn, which it has an easy argument that those should have been wins instead of losses. The trouble with “should have” is that it’s a synonym for “didn’t.”

Here’s a look at the standings following non-conference play:

(Overall, Kenpom rank, RPI)
Arizona 12-0, 11, 9
Arizona St. 11-2, 118, 82
Colorado 10-2, 36, 5
Oregon 10-2, 35, 56
Oregon St. 10-3, 112, 218
UCLA 10-3, 33, 53
Stanford 9-4, 51, 61
Washington St. 9-4, 73, 187
California 8-4, 58, 81
Utah 8-4, 168, 129
Washington 8-5, 110, 90
USC 5-8, 168, 193

 

And, here’s a look at this week’s schedule. We’ll take a more detailed look at each game as they arrive. Washington opens Pac-12 play at Pullman on Saturday night. It then travels to the Bay Area to face Cal and Stanford the following week, before Colorado and Utah come to Seattle.

Wed., Jan. 2
UTAH at ARIZONA STATE 8 p.m. MT P12N
Series: UTAH leads 25-17. Streak: ASU 1 (last – 57-52 at Arizona State)

Thurs., Jan. 3
COLORADO at No. 3 ARIZONA 6 p.m. MT ESPNU
Series: COLO leads 9-7. Streak: COLO 1 (last – 53-51 at 2012 Pac-12 Tourn.)
STANFORD AT USC 7 p.m. PT ESPNU
Series: USC leads 125-116. Streak: STAN 2 (last – 59-47 at USC)
CALIFORNIA at UCLA 8 p.m. PT FSN
Series: UCLA leads 132-100. Streak: CAL 3 (last – 73-63 at UCLA)

Sat., Jan. 5
STANFORD at UCLA 12 noon PT P12N
Series: UCLA leads 135-91. Streak: UCLA 1 (last – 72-61 at UCLA)
UTAH at No. 3 ARIZONA 3 p.m. MT P12N
Series: UTAH leads 28-23. Streak: ARIZ 5 (last – 70-61 at Arizona)
WASHINGTON at WASHINGTON STATE 6:30 p.m. PT ESPNU
Series: WASH leads 174-100. Streak: WASH 3 (last – 59-55 at Washington State)
CALIFORNIA at USC 8 p.m. PT FSN
Series: CAL leads 130-121. Streak: CAL 2 (last – 75-49 at USC)

Sun., Jan. 6
COLORADO at ARIZONA STATE 6 p.m. MT P12N
Series: COLO leads 4-2. Streak: COLO 3 (last – 63-49 at Arizona State)
OREGON at OREGON STATE 7 p.m. PT FSN
Series: OSU leads 184-153. Streak: ORE 1 (last – 74-73 at Oregon State)

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