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November 23, 2011 at 5:39 AM

Is the Pac-12 really as bad as it appears?

Coach Lorenzo Romar termed it ‘early-season oddities’ to describe the turmoil many Pac-12 teams are experiencing in a season that began two weeks ago.
— Washington trailed by 29 in the second half in an ugly loss at Saint Louis.
— UCLA suspends all-conference forward Reeves Nelson and the conference favorite starts the season 1-3.
— Freshman Jabari Brown quits Oregon.
— Reigning conference champion Arizona lost to Seattle Pacific in an exhibition game, suspends freshman forward Sidiki Johnson and junior guard Kevin Parrom, who is recovering from gunshot wounds, is embroiled in a social-media controversy and claims his Facebook account has been hacked.
— Freshman Jahii Carson still is not academically cleared to play at Arizona State.
— USC managed just 36 points in a home defeat to Cal Poly.
— Utah, USC and Washington State suffer injuries to starters that impact their seasons.
So how do you explain the maladies?
Bad voodoo? How about early-season oddities.
“Every year teams have them,” he said. “A couple of years ago Cal had them. … You try to avoid that every year, but it happens. That’s just the nature of college basketball.
“It’s easy for us to concentrate on those oddities as opposed to Oregon State, which is starting off playing very good basketball. Could have beaten Vanderbilt. No one mentions Stanford. They had a great start the way they’ve started off. Arizona in terms of their regular season, they’ve done a really nice job. There are teams that are doing some good things.”
The Pac-12 is 30-18 against non-conference at a time when good teams are normally feasting on inferior opponents. The Pac-12 is 0-4 against ranked teams. The Pac-12 is also ranked sixth in conference power rankings behind the Big East, Big 12, Big Ten, SEC and ACC.

— If No. 20 California (4-1) is the best team in the Pac-12, then by virtue of its 92-53 thumping from No. 21 Missouri in the CBE Classic finals, the Pac-12 isn’t very good. It was the most lopsided non-conference defeat in school history for the Golden Bears, which is saying something because they’ve been playing basketball at Cal since 1929. The 39-point drubbing was the worst for coach Mike Montgomery at Cal. Last season, Washington drilled the Bears 109-77 in a game many Husky fans will not forget. Mizzou did what UW did, which is force 21 turnovers with a buzzsaw defense and overwhelm the slow-footed Bears with speed and superior athleticism.
— UCLA’s interior was supposed to be the strength of the team, but guards Jerime Anderson and Tyler Lamb led a comeback against No. 14 Kansas that ultimately fell short. The Bruins lost 72-56 at the Maui Invitational and fell to 1-3. UCLA’s front line starters Joshua Smith and Travis Wear combined for five points on 1-for-8 shooting, three rebounds, four turnovers and six fouls in 48 minutes. Lamb finished with a team-high 15 points and Anderson had 14. Reeves Nelson came off the bench for the second straight game and needed 11 shots to score 12 points.
— USC (2-3) stopped its three-game losing streak and held off winless Morgan State in a hard-fought 65-62 victory.

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