Through 16 conference games, the road team has won just twice in the Pac-12.
Oregon toppled Washington State 92-75 last week and Arizona State knocked off USC 62-53 Thursday.
It looks as if the home court advantage has a greater meaning this season when there doesn’t appear to be a dominant team in the conference.
THURSDAY NIGHT RESULTS:
— Utah will not go 0-18 in the Pac-12, leaving that distinction to the 2007-08 Oregon State Beavers. The Utes upset Washington State 62-60 in overtime.
— Brock Motum scored a career-high tying 27 points for the Cougars.
— Washington held Oregon’s Devoe Joseph to four points on 1-of-13 shooting, but he shook off the bad outing and dropped a career-high 30 points on Stanford. The Ducks claimed a 78-67 victory.
— The Ducks scored six more points against Stanford than anyone else had this season and shot 48.1 percent in doing do. “That’s not our identity,” Cardinal senior Josh Owens told the Mercury News. “Our identity is getting stops. We’ve been a good defensive team in the past, and we had a lot of breakdowns.”
— Oregon State shot 63 percent from the field and 61 percent on three-pointers to knock off California 92-85. Jared Cunningham and Ahmad Starks each had 24 points.
— Cal coach Mike Montgomery wants guard Justin Cobb to shoot more. He had 16 points.
— Without Josh Smith (concussion), Travis Wear scored a game-high 20 points to lead UCLA to a 65-58 win over Arizona.
— Wildcats freshman point guard Josiah Turner returned to the starting lineup.
— Arizona State suspended starters Keala King and Kyle Cain and reserve guard Chris Colvin, but the short-handed Sun Deviils still managed to win 62-53 at USC. Carrick Felix led the Sun Devils with 22 points and Trent Lockett had 19. With just six scholarship players available, ASU was the only Pac-12 team to win a road game Thursday.
— Raise your hand if you had Colorado leading the Pac-12 at any time this season. Fair to say not much was expected from former Big 12 team, but midway through Week 2 the Buffaloes stand alone at the top of the conference standings with a 2-0 record. Of course it’s early, but it’s a nice accomplishment for a Buffs team picked to finish 10th in the league race.
Here’s CU coach Tad Boyle after the 87-69 win over Washington.
“I like how we handled our adversity tonight,” he said. “It’s not like we came out and just blew them out, we had to fight for it. I’m not ready to anoint ourselves ‘Conference Champions’; were two games into an 18 game schedule. I like the track we’re on and the direction we are headed, but this thing is a marathon.
“We talked to our team, even the veterans; there is a big difference between an 18 game conference schedule and a 16 game conference schedule, like we’re used to in the Big XII. Those two extra games sometimes take a lot out of you, mentally and emotionally. I think (this win) gives us great confidence. But we did it at home, and to finish in the top half of any league, you have to win on the road, and hold serve at home.
“Again, this was a litmus test for our team, and we passed that test, so now its on to the next one. But I don’t want to get too full of our selves, but I think the term we need to start using is belief, and I want our fans to believe and know that when they show up to the Coors Events Center the Buffs are going to take care of business and play their hearts out. We’re all in this together; we are going to need our fans as this season goes on.”