This Week in the Pac-12, Feb. 16: Arizona puts strong road record to the testby Scott Terrell on Feb. 16, 2012, under Sports
We know the Arizona Wildcats have a huge game this week, then another huge game on Saturday.
Where are the other Pac-12 contenders playing as we are just three weeks from crowning a champion?
TWIT-Pac has good TV news if you live in Arizona and want to cheer on the Cats, but not-so-good news if you want to root against Cal. The full TV schedule (all times Arizona/Mountain) is here:
|Thu Feb 16||ARIZONA||WSU||7 p.m.||FSN|
|Oregon||Cal||8:30 p.m.||CSN CA/NW|
|Sat Feb 18||UCLA||St. John’s||11 a.m.||CBS|
|ASU||WSU||6 p.m.||ROOT NW|
|OSU||Cal||8 p.m.||CSN CA|
|Sun Feb 19||Oregon||Stanford||5:30 p.m.||FSN|
CSN CA = Comcast SportsNet California
CSN NW = Comcast SportsNet Northwest
FSN = Fox Sports Net
ROOT NW = Root Sports Northwest
Wed. Feb. 15
UCLA 64, USC 54
The Bruins and Trojans met last night at UCLA’s temporary home which is USC’s old home. The old-home-court advantage didn’t help the Trojans much as UCLA’s Wear twins combined for 30 points and 24 rebounds.
Thu. Feb. 16
ARIZONA (18-8 / 9-4) at WSU (13-12 / 5-8)
The Wildcats went 9-4 in non-conference games and have gone 9-4 in conference games. Who says this team isn’t consistent?
OSU (15-10 / 5-8) at Stanford (17-8 / 7-6)
Stanford hoops made news this month for turning down a player six years ago. You may have heard of him.
Oregon (18-7 / 9-4) at Cal (20-6 / 10-3)
The Game of the Week, Thursday edition. The Bears have won their three games since the loss to Arizona by an average of 19 points. Granted, Oregon is a wee bit better than ASU and USC.
ASU (8-17 / 4-9) at Washington (17-8 / 10-3)
How far ahead would UW have to look to lose this game? Starting to scout Kentucky for the national championship game?
Sat. Feb. 18
UCLA (15-11 / 8-6) at St. John’s (10-16)
Mike Dunlap is St. John’s interim head coach while Steve Lavin is on medical leave. Dunlap chose not to be Arizona’s interim coach when Lute Olson was on medical leave. Hiring Mike Dunlap does not appear to be good for your health.
ARIZONA at Washington
This is the last game for both the Wildcats and Huskies against the other contenders in the Pac-12. If Washington holds serve at home they will be hard to catch.
Colorado (17-8 / 9-4) at Utah (5-20 / 2-11)
The first time these aspiring rivals met Colorado outscored the Utes by 221%. I predict Utah will lose by no more than 219%.
ASU at WSU
Is it too much to ask for the Cougars to be caught looking ahead to this game?
OSU at Cal
The Beavers won at Oregon and took Washington to the wire. If you can get the game it might be worth tuning in for the first half to see if OSU can make it interesting.
Sun. Feb. 19
Oregon at Stanford
The ideal scenario for Wildcat fans is Oregon beating Cal then suffering the classic letdown against the Cardinal. Feed that ego, Ducks.
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Washington State has won three of its last four Thursday games. The Cougars are 9-2 at home. That’s the bad news.
The good news is that one Thursday loss was the 24-point blowout in Tucson and the UA is 6-3 on the road. WSU has failed to score 70 points in five of its last six games, going 2-4 in that span. The Cats have only given up 70+ points twice in 13 conference games.
This is going to be another grind-it-out contest. Wazzu will lean heavily on 6-10 junior Brock Motum who leads the team in scoring and rebounding as well as hitting 76% of his free throws and 41% of his 3-pointers.
The last time these teams met the UA had one of its streaky-good shooting nights with Kyle Fogg (4-6), Brendon Lavender (4-5) and Solomon Hill (3-4) combining to shoot a ridiculous 73% from behind the arc. Those numbers won’t be equaled tonight but the stat that has to be matched is the mere nine Wildcat turnovers in the meeting last month.
Pack your defense, take care of the ball and you’ll be in position to pick up another road win.
Saturday’s game? It becomes a lot easier if you win on Thursday.
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