This week in Pac-12 basketball

2013-01-09T00:00:00Z 2014-07-08T16:14:05Z This week in Pac-12 basketballPatrick Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
January 09, 2013 12:00 am  • 

This week's games

Tonight

• Washington State at Stanford, 8 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)

• Washington at Cal, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)

Thursday

• No. 4 Arizona at Oregon, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

• UCLA at Utah, 7:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)

• USC at Colorado, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)

• Arizona State at Oregon State, 9:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)

Saturday

• UCLA at Colorado, noon (Pac-12 Networks)

• Washington State at Cal, 2 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)

• USC at Utah, 4 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)

• No. 4 Arizona at Oregon State, 6 p.m. (ESPNU)

• Washington at Stanford, 9 p.m. (FSNAZ)

Sunday

• Arizona State at Oregon, 7 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)

Last week's results

Wednesday

• Arizona State 55, Utah 54 (OT)

Thursday

• Arizona 92, Colorado 83 (OT)

• USC 70, Stanford 69

• UCLA 79, Cal 65

Saturday

• UCLA 68, Stanford 60

• Arizona 60, Utah 57

• Washington 68, Washington State 63

• Cal 72, USC 64

Sunday

• Arizona State 65, Colorado 56

• Oregon 79, Oregon State 66

The big number

4

Times in 35 seasons that Arizona State started league play 2-0.

Pac-12 Power Rankings

1. Arizona (14-0) - Sean Miller complained about the Wildcats not having a Pac-12 Player of the Week all season. He even inquired, half-jokingly, about the identity of the selection panel.

2. UCLA (12-3, 2-0)

3. Colorado (10-4, 0-2) - USC's Kevin O'Neill suspects the Buffs "are going to be playing desperate" after the Arizona sweep.

4. Oregon (12-2, 1-0)

5. Cal (9-5, 1-1)

6. Oregon State (10-4, 0-1)

7. Arizona State (13-2, 2-0) - Herb Sendek was circumspect when asked what point guard Jahii Carson could improve. "We really have a desire to improve on a broad-base front, on both ends of the floor," he said. "He's an eager listener and learner right now."

8. Washington (9-5, 1-0) - The Huskies' "roster this year doesn't have the luxury of overcoming" injuries, coach Lorenzo Romar said.

9. USC (6-9, 1-1)

10. Stanford (9-6, 0-2)

11. Utah (8-6, 0-2)

12. Washington State (9-5, 0-1) - The Cougars will actually fly home after tonight's game and return to the Bay Area on Friday. Ken Bone said that class time was the motivator.

Dear Pundit

The Pac-12 Pundit will answer your questions all week long. Track him down on Twitter at @patrickfinley or at azstarnet.com/pac12pundit

After seeing the first week of league games, how many losses will the champion of the Pac-12 have at the end? - Brent

A: My best guess: four losses. People forget how hard it is to win on the road in league play.

How much should we read into UCLA's poor non-conference play? - Dave

A: I think they're much, much better today than a month ago, and more similar to the team that beat Missouri than the one that lost to Cal Poly. Early losses to Georgetown and San Diego State are defensible; both are pretty good teams, and both games were neutral sites. Can the Bruins do it on the road, though? Stay tuned.

Finley Five

Five facts, takeaways, opinions and hunches from Tuesday's conference call:

1. Tad Boyle doesn't like replay. The Colorado coach said Tuesday he disliked instant replay long before his Buffaloes had a seemingly buzzer-beating three-pointer taken away after video review Thursday at McKale Center. "We've been playing these games for over 100 years now. … Human error is part of the game," he said. "I understand I'm in the minority, and I'm not starting a campaign to get rid of it, but if you ask my opinion, officials are human. They're going to make mistakes just like coaches and players are." Boyle was proud of the way his team started against Arizona State, but not the way it finished. CU gave up 14 layups in a loss in Tempe. "We're disappointed in both games, and certainly both results," he said. "After getting a chance to get back and digest a little bit and watch film, we have no one to blame but ourselves."

2. Right now, Allen Crabbe is the league's best player not named Shabazz. The Cal guard leads the league with 21.4 points per game and earned the praise of USC coach Kevin O'Neill, who said he's a future pro. "I think Allen Crabbe is as talented a guy as there is in this league," said O'Neill, typically not one to gush over players. "I can't say enough good things about the kid."

3. Oregon State got a rude awakening. Craig Robinson said this year's Beavers are the best team he's had in Corvallis, but he said they were bullied by rival Oregon in Sunday's loss. "I think our guys got a taste of what a potential NCAA tournament-type game and competition is like," he said. "Where you can't play 30 minutes of the game. You have to play 40 minutes of the game.

4. Jordan Bachynski is a force. The ASU center's nine blocks Sunday set a school record for a Pac-12 game.

5. Howland's going home. Ben Howland met his wife while a student at Weber State, coached under Utah legend Jerry Pimm, and was friends with the late Rick Majerus. Thursday, Howland will return to the Beehive State for the first time at UCLA. The coach said he loves the state. "Great people," he said. "Great fly-fishing."

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