McKale Center warmup

Undefeated lives here. Photo by Wildcat Universe

Just a couple weeks into conference play and the Pac-12 is already upside down. The two teams expected to challenge Arizona have combined to lose four straight games and two teams that started off the radar are playing well.

Sean Miller and the Wildcats, however, remain very much upright as we enter the third week of Pac-12 action.

TWit-Pac’s schedule of television (all times Arizona/Mountain):

DateAwayHomeTimeTV
Wed Jan 15Wash. St.Stanford8 p.m.Pac-12 Network
Wed Jan 15Wash.California9 p.m.ESPNU
Thu Jan 16UCLAColorado6 p.m.Pac-12 Network
Thu Jan 16Arizona St.ARIZONA7 p.m.Fox Sports 1
Thu Jan 16USCUtah8 p.m.Pac-12 Network
Sat Jan 18USCColorado12 p.m.Fox Sports 1
Sat Jan 18UCLAUtah2 p.m.Fox Sports 1
Sat Jan 18Wash. St.California2 p.m.Pac-12 Network
Sat Jan 18Wash.Stanford9 p.m.ESPNU
Sun Jan 19OregonOregon St.6 p.m.ESPNU

Wed. Jan. 15

Washington State (8-8 / 1-3) at Stanford (10-5 / 1-2)
Last week the Cardinal lost to Oregon State before beating Oregon. There’s hope, Cougar fans!

Washington (11-6 / 3-1) at California (12-4 / 3-0)
The winner of this game moves into sole possession of Biggest-Early-Pac-12-Season-Surprise place.

Thu. Jan. 16

UCLA (13-3 / 2-1) at Colorado (14-3 / 3-1)
Colorado led Washington 25-22 when Spencer Dinwiddie suffered his knee injury. CU was outscored 49-29 over the final 23 minutes. If the Buffs going to rally and prove they’re still a threat without their point guard, this would be a great game to show it.

Arizona State (13-4 / 2-2) at ARIZONA (17-0 / 4-0)
ASU fan: “The Devils have a 7-6 series lead the last six years!”
Wildcat fan: “Lute 43-6, Sean 6-2, temporary middle men 0-5.”

USC (9-7 / 0-3) at Utah (12-4 / 1-3)
It only took two weekends for every team to get a conference win…except USC. The good news is a third of the Trojans’ remaining games are against Utah, OSU and WSU.

Sat. Jan. 18

USC at Colorado
This is the second straight week the road team with the latest game on Thursday has the earliest game on Saturday. Where’s the rest equality, Larry Scott?!

UCLA at Utah
How good is Arizona? UCLA moved up in the rankings after losing to the Cats. The Bruins are in the top 25 in both polls for the first time in six weeks.

Washington State at California
It’s hard to beat racking up three Pac-12 wins before playing your first conference home game. The Bears only have six road games left and two of them are against USC and Wazzu.

Washington at Stanford
Yes, C.J. Wilcox scored a career-high 31 points against Colorado. But you know your guard is really having a good game when he has more blocked shots (4) than turnovers (3).

Oregon (13-3 / 1-3) at Oregon State (9-7 / 1-3)
Two weeks ago when the Ducks were undefeated and the Beavers had just lost to Hawaii, who would’ve thought they’d come into this game with the exact same conference record?

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The big problem with Colorado’s sudden bad luck and Oregon’s sudden bad basketball is it lowers the Pac-12’s national profile. Instead of two highly-ranked teams as Arizona’s main competition you have a Cal team that lost to Dayton and UC-Santa Barbara, and a Washington outfit that went 8-5 in nonleague play. There will be talk of “Zona White and the 11 Dwarfs.”

For now, all the talk is about the Wildcats’ winning streak. How long can it go? When will it end? Can Aaron Gordon become the first player to go his entire college career without losing??

The Cats already made sure it won’t be UCLA ending the streak. I don’t even want to think about the gallons of Pepto-Bismol that would be consumed in Tucson if it happened against ASU.

It’s time to even the series (over the last seven seasons).

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