This Week In The Pac-10, Jan. 13: More hoops, if you dareby Scott Terrell on Jan. 13, 2010, under Sports
Can you stomach another week of Pac-10 basketball? Hey, at least Seattle U. isn’t on the schedule.
Thu. Jan. 14
ASU (12-5 / 2-2) at Oregon (10-5 / 2-1) – 6:30 p.m. (all times Arizona/Mountain)
The Sun Devils have just as many road wins as the handless Huskies.
ARIZONA (8-8 / 2-2) at OSU (7-8 / 1-2) – 8 p.m.
After a feel-good win against Washington, can the Cats find success on the road?
Cal (10-5 / 2-1) at WSU (12-4 / 2-2) – 8 p.m.
I can’t believe Klay Thompson didn’t get the ball on WSU’s final possession against Arizona. So of course the shot goes in.
Stanford (8-7 / 2-1) at Washington (10-5 / 1-3) – 8:30 p.m., FSN
The Huskies are even happier to be in Seattle than Pete Carroll.
Sat. Jan. 16
Cal at Washington – 12:30 p.m., FSN
This was supposed to be one half of the matchup of the year, back when the world made sense.
ARIZONA at Oregon – 2:30 p.m., FSN
Hey, NFL, could you quit scheduling the Cardinals’ playoff games at the same time as Arizona basketball? Thanks.
Stanford at WSU – 3 p.m.
Another Pac-10 team with zero road wins. That’s how you build a horrible conference.
ASU at OSU – 4:30 p.m., FSAZ/FSNW
No, I will not let the Seattle loss go. Here is the Redhawks’ recent schedule:
L vs. Oakland
L at Denver
L at LMU
L vs. Harvard
W at Oregon State
L at Sacramento State
L at Cal State Northridge
USC at UCLA – 5:30 p.m., Prime Ticket
A losing team! A banned team! It’s the battle for L.A. mediocrity!
I’m not big on power rankings because as the year goes on you can just look at the standings. But in an upside-down season like this it might be fun to try and pick the best pigs in this here county fair. Here’s how I think the Pac-10 stacks up based on the conference results so far:
1. Cal – I believe they’ll find a way to not-lose this thing when it’s all said and done.
2. Oregon – The two road wins outweigh the OSU loss.
3. ASU – Looked really good against the Washington schools.
4. UCLA – Beat both Cal and ASU so maybe they should be higher.
5. Stanford – Got it done at home against the Trojans and Bruins.
6. USC – The win over ASU looks even better now.
7. WSU – The head-to-head against the Cats moves them up a slot.
8. ARIZONA – Everybody beats Washington.
9. OSU – Starting league play with three road games isn’t easy.
10. Washington – The Huskies don’t even bother with close losses.
I fully expect next week’s list to look completely different. Soo-ey!