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:
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. 2UTAH at ARIZONA STATE 8 p.m. MT P12NSeries: UTAH leads 25-17. Streak: ASU 1 (last - 57-52 at Arizona State)
Thurs., Jan. 3COLORADO at No. 3 ARIZONA 6 p.m. MT ESPNUSeries: COLO leads 9-7. Streak: COLO 1 (last - 53-51 at 2012 Pac-12 Tourn.)STANFORD AT USC 7 p.m. PT ESPNUSeries: USC leads 125-116. Streak: STAN 2 (last - 59-47 at USC)CALIFORNIA at UCLA 8 p.m. PT FSNSeries: UCLA leads 132-100. Streak: CAL 3 (last - 73-63 at UCLA)
Sat., Jan. 5STANFORD at UCLA 12 noon PT P12NSeries: UCLA leads 135-91. Streak: UCLA 1 (last - 72-61 at UCLA)UTAH at No. 3 ARIZONA 3 p.m. MT P12NSeries: 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 FSNSeries: CAL leads 130-121. Streak: CAL 2 (last - 75-49 at USC)
Sun., Jan. 6COLORADO at ARIZONA STATE 6 p.m. MT P12NSeries: COLO leads 4-2. Streak: COLO 3 (last - 63-49 at Arizona State)OREGON at OREGON STATE 7 p.m. PT FSNSeries: OSU leads 184-153. Streak: ORE 1 (last - 74-73 at Oregon State)