Arizona Basketball

The Wildcats will try to regroup against some angry Buffaloes.
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There’s a three-way tie atop the Pac-12 basketball standings plus a fourth team hanging around. Who has the advantage the rest of the way?

This Week in the Pac-12 (TWit-Pac) breaks it all down. First, here is this week’s TV schedule (all times Arizona/Mountain):

Date Away Home Time TV
Wed Feb 13 ASU Utah 6 p.m. P12N
  OSU WSU 8 p.m. P12N
  Oregon Washington 9 p.m. ESPN2
Thu Feb 14 UCLA Cal 7 p.m. ESPN2
  ARIZONA Colorado 8 p.m. P12N
  USC Stanford 9 p.m. ESPNU
Sat Feb 16 UCLA Stanford 2 p.m. ESPN2
  Oregon WSU 5 p.m. P12N
  ASU Colorado 7 p.m. ESPNU
  OSU Washington 9 p.m. FSN
Sun Feb 17 ARIZONA Utah 1 p.m. P12N
  USC Cal 8 p.m. FSN

A lot of games on ESPN2 this week but the Wildcats don’t have any of them. The Cats do avoid the 9 p.m. Mountain Time starts which I know the local and back-east fans appreciate. To the games:

Wed. Feb. 13

ASU (18-6 / 7-4) at Utah (10-13 / 2-9)
In four of the last five games ASU has had the opposite result as the UA. The Sun Devils beat UCLA and Cal while the Wildcats defeated Washington and Stanford.

OSU (12-12 / 2-9) at WSU (11-13 / 2-9)
The Beavers got the win against Utah (by 18 points no less) so now OSU is trying to move into 10th place. Baby steps.

Oregon (19-5 / 8-3) at Washington (13-11 / 5-6)
Dominic Arits remains doubtful for the Ducks. I don’t think any athlete has gotten more famous by being injured since Wally Pipp.

Thu. Feb. 14

UCLA (18-6 / 8-3) at Cal (14-9 / 6-5)
It’s fitting that the Bruins and Golden Bears start off the night on one of the biggest days for the teddy bear industry. Will Shabazz Muhammad learn to love his teammates?

ARIZONA (20-3 / 8-3) at Colorado (16-7 / 6-5)
Buff fans have had this game circled ever since the Shot Heard ‘Round the World That Did Not Count.

USC (11-13 / 6-5) at Stanford (15-9 / 6-5)
How does USC have a winning conference record? Bob Cantu has the Trojans on a three-game winning streak.

Sat. Feb. 16

UCLA at Stanford
Good Stanford has wins over Cal, Oregon and ASU. Bad Stanford lost at USC and to Washington at home.

Oregon at WSU
The Cougars don’t play Utah again so the battle to avoid last place might extend until the end of the season.

ASU at Colorado
The Buffaloes got a solid road sweep last week on the Oregon Trail. Now CU plays three straight at home.

OSU at Washington
The Husky tailspin is now six losses in seven games. Wildcat fans can be happy the one win was against ASU.

Sun. Feb. 17

ARIZONA at Utah
The Cats’ first Pac-12 Sunday game did not go well. I’m guessing the extra day of rest will be used to practice against a zone.

USC at Cal
Crabbe Cobbs! Crabbe Cobbs! Crabbe Cobbs!

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Four weeks left in regular season with four teams still in contention for the Pac-12 championship. Here is each contender’s remaining schedule:

ARIZONA

Date Vs
Thu Feb 14 at Colo
Sun Feb 17 at Utah
Wed Feb 20 Wash
Sat Feb 23 WSU
Wed Feb 27 at USC
Sat Mar 2 at UCLA
   
Sat Mar 9 ASU

Oregon

Date Vs
Wed Feb 13 at Wash
Sat Feb 16 at WSU
Thu Feb 21 Cal
Sat Feb 23 Stan
Thu Feb 28 OSU
   
Thu Mar 7 at Colo
Sat Mar 9 at Utah

UCLA

Date Vs
Thu Feb 14 at Cal
Sat Feb 16 at Stan
   
Sun Feb 24 at USC
Wed Feb 27 ASU
Sat Mar 2 ARIZ
Wed Mar 6 at WSU
Sat Mar 9 at Wash

ASU

Date Vs
Wed Feb 13 at Utah
Sat Feb 16 at Colo
Wed Feb 20 WSU
Sat Feb 23 Wash
Wed Feb 27 at UCLA
Sat Mar 2 at USC
   
Sat Mar 9 at ARIZ

It’s interesting that none of the four teams has more home games left than road games. Arizona has the advantage of being the only one of the four to finish at home.

As far as the timing of the games, none of the final four has to do a Wednesday/Sunday week. Arizona does not have a traditional Thursday/Saturday weekend left, however.

UCLA has the toughest remaining schedule. Five road games and then the only pair at home is against fellow contenders.

Oregon still has the easiest schedule but it’s not as simple as it previously looked. Both Cal and Stanford have proven themselves to be feisty on the road.

Winning at home and splitting on the road is still the formula for success. Arizona’s games with its two weakest opponents are both on the road so I don’t anticipate any easy victories. Words like “grind,” “excruciating” and “mychesthurts” will remain very familiar to Wildcat Universe.

Ain’t it fun?

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