Sean Miller and the Cats hope to move up in 2011.
Photo by David Kadlubowski/The Arizona Republic

It’s time to take it to the hoop!

The who, what and where as the Arizona Wildcats and the rest of the Pac-10 wind up non-conference play and start the games for real.

This will actually be two weeks’ worth of TWIT-Pac since next week we’ll be on the road to Ol’ San Antone.

Here is the schedule for the final week of out-of-conference games (all times Arizona/Mountain):

Wed. Dec. 22
Robert Morris at ARIZONA – 6:30 p.m., KWBA/FSAZ
Kansas at Cal – 9 p.m., FSN
Illinois-Chicago at OSU
Nevada at Washington
WSU at Miss. St. (Diamond Head Classic) – 10 a.m., ESPNU

Thu. Dec. 23
North Carolina A&T at ASU – 12 p.m., FSAZ
UC Irvine at UCLA
Lehigh at USC

Tue. Dec. 28
Hartford at Cal
Yale at Stanford

The road to the 2011 Pac-10 championship starts here (all times still Arizona/Mountain):

Wed. Dec. 29

Road Team Home Team Time TV
Washington USC 8:30 p.m.

Thu. Dec. 30

Road Team Home Team Time TV
ARIZONA Oregon 8 p.m. CSN NW
ASU OSU 8:30 p.m. FSAZ

Arizona’s first Pac-10 game bumped from Fox Sports Arizona in favor of ASU/Oregon State? What in Lute’s name is going on here?

Fri. Dec. 31

Road Team Home Team Time TV
Washington UCLA 2 p.m. FSN

Sat. Jan. 1

Road Team Home Team Time TV
ASU Oregon 8 p.m.

Sun. Jan. 2

Road Team Home Team Time TV
Cal Stanford 6 p.m. CSN BA

Breaking it on down…

Wed. Dec. 29
Washington (7-3) at USC (7-5)
The Huskies are everyone’s favorite to the win the Pac-10. You would have liked your #1 contender to have done better than 0-3 against Kentucky, Michigan State and Texas A&M.

WSU (8-1) at UCLA (7-4)

The Cougars are the surprise team thus far. Last year’s cellar-dwellers haven’t played a tough schedule but they did lead #5 Kansas State late before losing by five. There will be no football/basketball last-place sweep for Wazzu this year.

Thu. Dec. 30
ARIZONA (10-2) at Oregon (7-5)

Did the game at NC State teach the young Wildcats how to take care of business in winnable road games? Will the Cats get the Duck team that hung tight with #8 Missouri, or the one that lost to Idaho at home?

ASU (6-4) at OSU (4-6)
The Beavers have the only losing record in the conference and they’ve earned that record by losing to Seattle, Texas Southern, Utah Valley, Montana and George Washington.

Fri. Dec. 31
Washington at UCLA
UW started 0-5 in conference road games last year then won their last four. No road wins yet this year for the Home-Sweet-Huskies.

The Trojans already have two wins over ranked teams in Texas and Tennessee. Kevin O’Neill’s club has rebounded nicely from losses to Rider and Bradley.

Sat. Jan. 1
ASU at Oregon

Arizona State is last in the Pac-10 in scoring. Who wouldn’t want to put them on TV?

Sun. Jan. 2
Cal at Stanford

How much did the defending Pac-10 champs lose from last year? The Bears have failed to score 60 points five times already.

The UA hasn’t beaten Oregon State since Feb. of 2009. Correcting that would be a good start in improving on last year.

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It’s never too early for college baseball talk especially when the news is coming from just up the road.

The NCAA handed down its verdict and Arizona State baseball joined USC football as a national power banned from postseason play. The Infractions Committee ruled that former ASU coach Pat Murphy committed multiple major violations and the athletic department did little to stop him.

I don’t want to say we saw this coming but…we saw this coming.

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