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September 26, 2010 at 10:42 AM

Pac-10 commish favors 18-game sked, no divisions

Pac-10 commish favors 18-game sked, no divisions
Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott told the Arizona Daily Star the conference is exploring plans to keep natural rivals, which likely means Washington and Washington State would play each other twice a year at home and on the road.
Conference athletic directors will meet Oct. 6-7 and school presidents will formalize plans on Oct. 21.
Scott implied the new Pac-12 will keep the 18-game conference schedule and hinted there’s not going to be divisions for basketball.
Everything else regarding the new-look conference is speculation.
Bruce Pascoe at the AZ Daily Star tossed out a few ideas the Pac-12 may consider.
I’ve heard and read a lot of opinion regarding the subject, but the best idea I’ve seen so far came from a poster on Pascoe’s blog. I won’t try to summarize the plan and will post the significant part of the post.
“Here’s the best I’ve been able to come up with so far. No divisions — or 6 divisions of 2 teams each based on the natural rivalries — that part is just semantics. I believe that men’s basketball should be set up so that each school plays everyone else at least once a year, and so that the home-away balance is maintained. It would be best if each team would play everyone else the same total number of times within a repeating multi-year cycle, with the sole exception of their natural rival.
The main features of this concept:
— the conference has 6 pairs of “natural” rivals (Utah and Colorado being a pair);
— rivals would play each other twice each year;
— rivals would continue to be schedule/travel partners;
— each year, each pair would have one other pair they play on the road only;
— and each year, each pair would have one (different) pair they play at home only;
— the “road only” and “home only” pairings would change every year;
— the road/home single-meeting exceptions would repeat on a five-year cycle;
— this schedule would be 18 games, 9 home and 9 away, for all teams;
— each team would play its rival twice, 6 others twice, and 4 others once.
Using Arizona as an example, and the UCLA-UA rivalry as a possible concern for fans:
— UA would miss its LA trip only once every 5 years;
— and that one year, they would still play the LA schools in Tucson;
— UA would play the LA schools twice a year 3 years out of every 5;
— there would be no seasons in which UA did not meet UCLA at least once.
For example, Arizona’s schedule could be:
Year One:
— Home (9): asu, Cal, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Utah, Colorado, (UO, OSU)
— Road (9): asu, Cal, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Utah, Colorado, (UW, WSU)
Year Two:
— Home (9): asu, UW, WSU, Cal, Stanford, UCLA, USC, (Utah, Colorado)
— Road (9): asu, UW, WSU, Cal, Stanford, UCLA, USC, (UO, OSU)
Year Three:
— Home (9): asu, UO, OSU, UW, WSU, Cal, Stanford, (UCLA, USC)
— Road (9): asu, UO, OSU, UW, WSU, Cal, Stanford, (Utah, Colorado)
Year Four:
— Home (9): asu, Utah, Colorado, UO, OSU, UW, WSU, (Cal, Stanford)
— Road: (9): asu, Utah, Colorado, UO, OSU, UW, WSU, (UCLA, USC)
Year Five:
— Home (9): asu, UCLA, USC, Utah, Colorado, UO, OSU, (UW, WSU)
— Road (9): asu, UCLA, USC, Utah, Colorado, UO, OSU, (Cal, Stanford)
Year Six is the same as Year One and the five-year cycle repeats.
After each 5 year cycle, Arizona would have played everyone an equal number of times at home and on the road. The Cats would have played the Sun Devils 10 times and each of the other 10 teams a total of 8 times each, for a 5-year total of 90 games, 18 each year (same as the Pac-10 schedules of the past 30+ years).”
Sounds like a great idea to me. Let’s hope someone forwards this to Scott.
SUNDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Days after dropping Washington from his list, Jackson High star Brett Kingma decided to play at Oregon rather than Washington State and Brigham Young. That’s three commitments for the Ducks. The others are Illinois-area guard Bruce Barron, who is the brother of former UW player Justin Dentmon, and forward Austin Kuemper.
Jabari Brown has narrowed his list to five schools: UW, Connecticut, Arizona State, Georgia Tech and Oregon, according to ZagsBlog. Brown visited UConn this weekend and he told the Hartford Courant: “It’s just going to be the place where I can improve as a player and have a chance to go to the NBA, and [also] a place where I have a chance to win a national championship.”
— Garfield High senior Tony Wroten tweeted he had a “great” dinner with the Louisville coaching staff Saturday night and is flying home today after a visit with the Cardinals.
Isaiah Thomas will get a chance to begin a Pac-10 Player of the Year campaign Oct. 28 when he accompanies coach Lorenzo Romar and represents Washington at the Pac-10 men’s basketball Media Day. The event will be held at the Nokia Theatre.
Jonathan Givony at DraftExpress.com gives a detailed and unflattering appraisal of Abdul Gaddy and believes his chances of making it the pros are slim. Givony writes: “As an NBA prospect, players in Gaddy’s mold are not quite as en vogue these days as they were in the past–as the likes of Chris Duhon, Marcus Williams (UConn) and others have found out recently. Most teams prefer to have a jet of a point guard running the show for them, especially if they are below-average shooters, so Gaddy has his work cut out for him in terms of improving his jump-shot and showing that he can defend his position effectively, as his margin for error is not all that large. Luckily for him, time is on his side, as he’s still only 18 years old.”
— Despite a very critical assessment, DraftExpress.com ranked Gaddy as the sixth best pro prospect in the Pac-10 behind UCLA forward Tyler Honeycutt, Arizona sophomore forward Derrick Williams, UCLA junior swingman Malcolm Lee, Washington State junior forward Klay Thompson and Thomas.
Quincy Pondexter and Landry Fields were the only Pac-10 players taken in the summer NBA draft, however, conference coaches say the talent in the league conference is improving. Several draft sites, however, disagree. According to some projections, Williams and Lee will be the only first-round NBA draft picks from the Pac-10 next year.
— On its pay site, ESPN tabbed Lee and Colorado sophomore G Alec Burks as two of five players to watch who could have breakout seasons that would enhance their NBA draft status.
— On its pay site, Rivals.com has an interesting story on the rise of basketball talent in Arizona including Jahii Carson (ASU commit) and Nick Johnson (Arizona commit).

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