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 7 1 0 0.875 19 2 0 0.905
Utah 6 1 0 0.857 16 3 0 0.842
Stanford 6 2 0 0.750 15 5 0 0.750
Oregon State 5 3 0 0.625 13 6 0 0.684
Oregon 4 4 0 0.500 14 7 0 0.667
UCLA 3 4 0 0.429 11 9 0 0.550
Colorado 3 4 0 0.429 10 8 0 0.556
Washington State 3 4 0 0.429 9 10 0 0.474
Washington 3 5 0 0.375 14 6 0 0.700
Arizona State 3 5 0 0.375 12 10 0 0.545
California 1 6 0 0.143 11 9 0 0.550
USC 1 6 0 0.143 9 10 0 0.474

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Oregon State at
Arizona State
1/28 55-73
Oregon at
Arizona
1/28 56-90
Stanford at
Washington
1/28 84-74
Colorado at
USC
1/29 7:30 pm
Utah at
UCLA
1/29 8:00 pm
California at
Washington State
1/29 9:00 pm
Oregon at
Arizona State
1/30 6:00 pm
Oregon State at
Arizona
1/30 8:00 pm
Stanford at
Washington State
1/31 6:00 pm
Colorado at
UCLA
1/31 8:30 pm
Utah at
USC
2/1 12:30 pm
California at
Washington
2/1 1:00 pm
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