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Do you like college basketball?

Do you like to sit in one place for long periods of time? Have you recently injured your thumbs and/or lost your remote control?

The Pac-12 has designed your perfect day as the No. 1 Arizona Wildcats face a stiff challenge away from home.

This Week in the Pac-12’s TV schedule (all times Arizona/Mountain):

(DirecTV subscribers will want to put down any fragile items before proceeding.)

DateAwayHomeTimeTV
Wed Jan 29ARIZONAStanford7 p.m.ESPN2
Wed Jan 29Arizona St.California9 p.m.ESPNU
Thu Jan 30UCLAOregon7 p.m.ESPN2
Thu Jan 30USCOregon St.7 p.m.Pac-12 Network
Sat Feb 1UtahColorado12 p.m.Pac-12 Network
Sat Feb 1Arizona St.Stanford2 p.m.Pac-12 Network
Sat Feb 1Wash.Wash. St.4 p.m.Pac-12 Network
Sat Feb 1USCOregon6 p.m.Pac-12 Network
Sat Feb 1ARIZONACalifornia8:30 p.m.Pac-12 Network
Sun Feb 2UCLAOregon St.12:30 p.m.ESPNU

The Pac-12 continues to play hide-and-see with the NFL. Two weeks ago it was only putting one game up against the NFC and AFC championship games and this week’s it’s avoiding the Super Bowl as if Janet Jackson was performing again. The result is 11 straight hours of hoops on Pac-12 Network on Saturday.

To the wardrobe-malfunction-free games:

Wed. Jan. 29

ARIZONA (20-0 / 7-0) at Stanford (13-6 / 4-3)
A 7-0 promo video looks like this:

A 4-3 promo video looks like this:

Arizona State (15-5 / 4-3) at California (14-6 / 5-2)
ASU has won two, then lost two, then won two. Not a good pattern before two tough road games.

Thu. Jan. 30

UCLA (16-4 / 5-2) at Oregon (14-5 / 2-5)
The worst part about the Ducks’ horrible start to conference play is they still haven’t played UCLA or Arizona.

USC (10-10 / 1-6) at Oregon State (11-8 / 3-4)
What’s a great way to go 1-6? USC doesn’t have a single player shooting better than 33% on 3-pointers.

Sat. Feb. 1

Utah (14-6 / 3-5) at Colorado (15-6 / 4-4)
The non-Arizona Pac-12 is 1-17 against the AP Top 25. The one win is Colorado’s pre-injury buzzer-beater against Kansas.

Arizona State at Stanford
Sun Devil star Jahii Carson hasn’t shot 50% in a game since Dec. 14. He’s been above 42% from the floor only once in the nine games since.

Washington (13-8 / 5-3) at Washington State (8-12 / 1-7)
Wazzu fans better brace themselves because I don’t see a decent chance at another win until USC at home on Mar. 6.

USC at Oregon
If the Trojans can break through in five total games against OSU, Oregon and Utah that final-weekend showdown with WSU won’t be a battle for the basement.

ARIZONA at California
Cal is the only non-Arizona Pac team still undefeated at home.

Sun. Feb. 2

UCLA at Oregon State
I understand the feeling that Nick Johnson should’ve been Pac-12 Player of the Week but have you seen Kyle Anderson’s numbers lately? He posted two double-doubles last week, one with 10 assists and the other with 12 rebounds.

The Bruin guard leads the conference with 6.7 assists a game while averaging 15.5 points on .514 / .529 / .740 shooting. That’s 53% on 3s! All while racking up 9.0 rebounds, 0.8 blocks and 1.8 steals a contest. The guy is a fantasy basketball monster.

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If the Pac-12 season was a single game we’d be approaching half time with the Wildcats in front by 18. If the rest of the league can get the lead down to 14 or 15 they have a chance in the second half but if the UA pushes the margin out to 22 this thing is over.

On paper this is the UA’s toughest road trip of the season as Stanford and Cal both have a winning conference record (Arizona and ASU are the toughest trip for the rest of the league with a combined 11-3 mark in Pac-12 play). I don’t think the Cats can get away with a bad start like against Utah or a bad finish like against UCLA.

Toss that remote away and settle in. If the Wildcats are still undefeated after this week they will have earned it even more usual.

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