Arizona Wildcats basketball: Plenty of competition ahead

2013-12-26T13:16:00Z 2013-12-26T13:51:19Z Arizona Wildcats basketball: Plenty of competition aheadBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

While the Arizona Wildcats remain the clear favorite to win the Pac-12 this season, as they were predicted to be in October, the rest of the conference is probably better than expected.

The Pac-12 currently has the fourth-best conference RPI but there's already talk that it is as good as any other conference -- or at least the best it's been in years.

The Bay Area News Group suggests seven teams could make the NCAA tournament field out of the Pac-12.

Arizona will open Pac-12 play on Jan. 2 against Washington State, and host Washington on Jan. 4. Here's the Wildcats' final nonconference stats.


Oregon State did the opposite of the almost-all-business approach Arizona had last season at the Diamond Head Classic -- enjoying Hawaii -- and it may have cost the Beavers on the court. OSU wore its turquoise uniforms again, in support of the N7 Fund to benefit Native Americans (a cause former Beaver Joe Burton brought up).

Colorado will give the Honolulu tournament a shot next season.


Larry Krystkowiak is hoping the Utes stay in shape over their break.


We had a look at Kaleb Tarczewski's rehabbing efforts if you missed it.

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 3 0 0 1.000
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 3 0 0 1.000
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 3 0 0 1.000
Arizona 0 0 0 0.000 3 0 0 1.000
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 3 0 0 1.000
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 4 0 0 1.000
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 3 0 0 1.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 3 1 0 0.750
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 2 1 0 0.667
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 2 1 0 0.667
USC 0 0 0 0.000 2 2 0 0.500
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 1 2 0 0.333

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
@Penn State, @USC 11/23
Long Beach State at
UCLA
11/23 63-77
Missouri at
Arizona
11/24 3:00 pm
@Arizona State, @Maryland 11/24 5:00 pm
@Oklahoma State, @Oregon State 11/24 6:30 pm
@Michigan, @Oregon 11/24 7:30 pm
Delaware at
Stanford
11/25 9:00 pm
Cal State-Fullerton at
USC
11/25 9:00 pm
Texas-Pan American at
Utah
11/26 6:00 pm
Cal Poly at
California
11/26 8:00 pm
San Jose State at
Washington
11/27 9:00 pm
UC-Santa Barbara at
Washington State
11/27 10:00 pm
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