It's clear ASU has trouble scoring.
Photo by Deirdre Hamill/The Arizona Republic

First, keeping things in perspective, McKale Center will be hosting an event far more important than basketball.

Now for the athletic distractions in the Pac-10 this week.

Wed. Jan. 12
(all times Arizona/Mountain)

Road Team Home Team Time TV
Tulsa ASU 6:30 p.m. FSAZ

Thu. Jan. 13

Road Team Home Team Time TV
UCLA OSU 6:30 p.m. FSNW/PT
Washington Stanford 8 p.m.
USC Oregon 8:30 p.m. FSN
WSU Cal 8:30 p.m.

Sat. Jan. 15

Road Team Home Team Time TV
ASU ARIZONA 12:30 p.m. FSN
UCLA Oregon 3 p.m. CSN NW
WSU Stanford 6 p.m. CSN BA
USC OSU 8:30 p.m. FSNW

Sun. Jan. 16

Road Team Home Team Time TV
Washington Cal 8 p.m. FSN

The breakdowns:

Thu. Jan. 13

UCLA (9-6 / 1-2) at OSU (7-8 / 2-2)
After a surprising sweep to start the Pac-10 the season the Beavers lost the second weekend’s games by a combined 45 points.

Washington (12-3 / 4-0) at Stanford (9-5 / 2-1)

The Huskies might be a just a little distracted this weekend which could slow down their runaway favorite status.

USC (10-6 / 2-1) at Oregon (7-9 / 0-4)
Did the Ducks blow their chance at a conference win when they only scored 55 against ASU?

WSU (12-4 / 2-2) at Cal (8-7 / 1-2)
Washington State got a much-needed home sweep last weekend. Can they recapture their early-season magic on the road?

Sat. Jan. 15

ASU (8-7 / 1-3) at ARIZONA (14-3 / 3-1)
In their last five games the Sun Devils have a high of 61 points. We’re going to find out how many points rivalry emotion is worth.

UCLA at Oregon
UCLA has now lost four straight games to USC. What in Wooden’s name has happened to Ben Howland?

WSU at Stanford
I hope Stanford goes on to have a great season after the Cardinal’s graciousness in Tucson last weekend.

KO & Co. are an overtime loss to Washington away from running this place.

Sun. Jan. 16

Washington at Cal
Cal won the battle for 8th place against ASU. UCLA better not get comfortable in that 7 slot.

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Arizona football fans got some great news when Mike Stoops announced Juron Criner will return for his senior season. I expected Nick Foles to come back but Criner’s “50/50” talk after the Alamo Bowl made me think he was gone.

We can now officially get really fired up about the Wildcat passing game in 2011. All that’s needed now is, oh, a whole new offensive line. But what happens if Dr. Robert Anae can work some magic with the new guys? It’s the offseason now so unbridled optimism is allowed.

Speaking of the offseason, Monday’s game made it two consecutive years where the Oregon offense piled up mountains of stats in the regular season but flamed out in the BCS bowl game. Does this mean Oregeddon is the new Run-n-Shoot?

I hope we all appreciated watching a Pac-10 team playing for the crystal football because it may be a while before we see another one. It was amazing enough that Oregon was able to run the table this year, but the task gets even tougher next season. A Pac-12 national championship contender would have to win ten conference games. That’s a rugged 10-pack for the 12-Pac.

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