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.

Sportswriter for the Arizona Daily Star covering Arizona Wildcats basketball