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November 11, 2011 at 12:31 PM

Big day for Pac-12 — Seven teams play season openers

No. 16 Arizona got an early start on the Pac-12 and raced out to a 2-0 record while the rest of the conference teams were idle.
That all changes today. Seven teams jump into action starting with Arizona State, which hosts Montana State this afternoon.
Most teams scheduled cupcakes to start the season, while Oregon has the unenviable task of traveling across the country to face No. 7 Vanderbilt. Keep an eye on that game, which is being televised by FSN at 7 p.m.
It’s the first chance for the Pac-12 to score an impressive win in a non-conference game. Last season, the Pac-10 posted a 5-13 record against ranked non-conference opponents.
Today’s schedule:
Montana State at Arizona State, 1:30 p.m.
Fort Lewis at Colorado, 7 p.m.
Oregon at Vanderbilt, 7 p.m.
Central Arkansas at Stanford, 7 p.m.
Loyola Marymount at No. 17 UCLA, 7:30 p.m.
UC Irvine at No. 24 California, 7:30 p.m.
Cal State Northridge at USC, 8 p.m.
All times PST

— Admittedly Oregon coach Dana Altman didn’t want to take a team filled with eight newcomers on the road – more than 2,000 miles away from home – to start the season at No. 7 Vanderbilt. “It’s what our schedule is,” he told the Register-Guard. “We were kind of forced into it and we’ll make the best of it we can.”
— California senior guard Jorge Gutierrez doesn’t make brash statements, but opened up to Jeff Faraudo of the Oakland Tribune when talking about Haas Pavilion. “Now it’s my house,” he said. “This is my court, and you play the way I want you to play.”
— While Pauley Pavilion undergoes a $136M renovation, UCLA’s season-long road show begins tonight.
— Arizona State begins the season without prized freshman Jahii Carson, but the Sun Devils hope junior-college transfer Chris Colvin can fill in at point guard.
— USC unveils one of the best kept secrets in college basketball when 7-foot newcomer Dewayne Dedmon debuts for the Trojans tonight.
— Stanford lost just one starter from last season, but it will be difficult to replace Jeremy Green who led the Cardinal in scoring. Freshman point guard Chasson Randle likely moves into the starting lineup and sophomore guard Anthony Brown moves into Green’s role. Tonight’s opener is a big game for Randle and Brown.
— Washington junior Abdul Gaddy tells the News Tribune he won’t take a moment on the court for granted after suffering a season-ending knee injury in January.
Mark Knight at Husky Haul chats with the editor of GSU’s fan site who gives the Panthers a chance at pulling off an upset Saturday.
— It’s a little old, but here’s a link to ESPN analysts picking the Pac-12 champion and ranking the Big 6 conferences in the country.
Nice story in Slam on former UW point guards Nate Robinson and Isaiah Thomas.

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