With the Pac-12 men's basketball schedule upon us, we pass along our team-by-team capsules, which will publish in tomorrow's newspaper ...
Teams are listed in order of predicted conference finish.
Coach: Sean Miller
Best win so far: Beat No. 7 Duke, 72-66, in NIT Season Tip-Off.
Worst loss so far: Don’t have any.
Player to watch: Aaron Gordon, a freshman forward who can dribble, shoot, create his own scoring opportunities and jump through the roof. He’s a legitimate candidate for Pac-12 Player of the Year, if his scoring increases a bit.
Coach: Dana Altman
Best win so far: Beat Illinois, 71-64, in Eugene
Worst loss so far: Don’t have any.
Player to watch: Joseph Young, a 6-foot-2 guard who transferred from Houston. He leads the Ducks in scoring with 20.2 points per game.
Coach: Tad Boyle
Best win so far: Beat No. 16 Kansas, 75-72, in Boulder.
Worst loss so far: Only losses are to top-10 teams: No. 9 Baylor (72-60) and No. 6 Oklahoma State (78-73).
Player to watch: Junior guard Spencer Dinwiddie. He’s picked up where he left off last season, playing 31.2 minutes per game while leading CU in scoring with 15.8 points per game. Also shoots 41.7 percent on 3-pointers.
Coach: Steve Alford
Best win so far: Don’t really have won. UC Santa Barbara, maybe.
Worst loss so far: Lost, 80-71, at Missouri.
Player to watch: Sophomore guard Jordan Adams is back from a foot injury and leads the Bruins in scoring (18.5 points per game).
ARIZONA STATE (11-2)
Coach: Herb Sendek
Best win so far: Beat UNLV, 86-80, in Las Vegas.
Worst loss so far: Lost, 88-60, to Creighton.
Player to watch: Jahii Carson, a 5-foot-10 sophomore, is one of the more entertaining players in the conference (19.3 points, 5.4 assists per game).
Coach: Johnny Dawkins
Best win so far: Beat No. 17 Connecticut, 53-51, in Hartford.
Worst loss so far: Lost to BYU, 112-103, in Palo Alto.
Player to watch: Junior guard Chasson Randle has emerged as the Cardinal’s leading scorer in non-conference play (18.7 points per game, 43.4 percent on 3s).
Coach: Mike Montgomery
Best win so far: Beat Arkansas, 85-77, at a neutral site.
Worst loss so far: Lost, 72-65, at UC Santa Barbara. Losing Jabari Bird to an ankle injury was also not good.
Player to watch: Senior forward Richard Solomon, a strong defensive presence, is averaging a double-double so far (11.3, 10.3 rebounds per game).
Coach: Larry Krystkowiak
Best win so far: Don’t have any good wins. Nation’s weakest schedule.
Worst loss so far: Lost, 69-67, at BoiseState.
Player to watch: Sophomore forward Jordan Loveridge (17.3 points, 9.4 rebounds per game) is a big reason why the Utes lead the country in field goal percentage at 54.2.
Coach: Andy Enfield
Best win so far: Beat Xavier, 84-78, at a neutral site.
Worst loss so far: Lost, 72-71, at Long BeachState.
Player to watch: Maryland transfer Pe’Shon Howard is the team’s second-leading scorer in his only season at USC, and averages 4.4 assists per game.
OREGON STATE (8-4)
Coach: Craig Robinson
Best win so far: Beat Maryland, 90-83, in College Park.
Worst loss so far: Lost, 78-73, to CoppinState in Corvallis.
Player to watch: Senior guard Roberto Nelson leads the Pac-12 in scoring with 21.4 points per game.
Coach: Lorenzo Romar
Best win so far: Nothing that stands out.
Worst loss so far: Lost, to 86-72, to UC Irvine in Seattle.
Player to watch: C.J. Wilcox has been one of the Pac-12’s most consistent scorers. The senior guard is second in the conference with 20.5 points per game.
WASHINGTON STATE (7-5)
Coach: Ken Bone
Best win so far: Beat Purdue, 69-54, at a neutral site.
Worst loss so far: Lost, 64-51, to UTEP in Pullman.
Player to watch: Tacoma native DaVonte Lacy’s game continues to mature (18.9 points per game), but the 3-point specialist is out for a while after appendix surgery.
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