A handful of Pac-12 teams released their 2012-13 conference schedules and due to the unbalanced schedule, Washington will not play at Colorado or Utah.
Missing a trip to Boulder, Colo. isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The Buffaloes won the conference tournament title and they were intimidating at home posting an 8-1 record against league opponents and 14-2 overall.
CU destroyed the Huskies 87-69 at Coors Events Center.
Colorado figures to be one of the Pac-12 favorites, while Utah is rebuilding and will likely be picked to finish near the bottom in the conference. The Huskies won 57-53 at Utah last season.
Washington will also not host California and Stanford this season, but will return to the Bay Area for a pair of games after missing the trip last season.
With just one game against Cal, Stanford and Colorado, UW loses three opportunities to play against teams expected to contend for a NCAA tournament berth. It also puts pressure on the Huskies to perform well in the non-conference because seemingly they will have fewer chances to gain ground in the RPI when the Pac-12 season begins.
The Huskies released the non-conference schedule, but most of their conference dates remain a mystery.
WASHINGTON’S PARTIAL 2012-13 PAC-12 SCHEDULE
Sat ….. Jan. 19 vs. Utah
Thu ….. Jan. 31 vs. Arizona
Thu. ….. Feb. 7 at UCLA
Sat. ….. Feb. 23 at Arizona
Sat. ….. March 9 vs. UCLA
PAC-12 UNBALANCED SCHEDULE MISSES:
ARIZONA – (Home – Oregon and OSU. Road – Cal and Stan.)
ARIZONA STATE – (Home – Oregon and OSU. Road – Cal and Stan.)
CALIFORNIA – (Home – Arizona and ASU. Road – UW and WSU.)
COLORADO – (Home – UW and WSU. Road – UCLA and USC.)
OREGON – (Home – UCLA and USC. Road – Arizona and ASU.)
OREGON STATE – (Home – UCLA and USC. Road – Arizona and ASU.)
STANFORD – (Home – Arizona and ASU. Road – UW and WSU.)
UCLA – (Home – Colo and Utah. Road – Oregon and OSU.)
USC – (Home – Colo and Utah. Road – Oregon and OSU.)
UTAH – (Home – UW and WSU. Road – UCLA and USC.)
WASHINGTON – (Home – Cal and Stanford. Road – Colorado and Utah.)
WASHINGTON STATE – (Home – Cal and Stanford. Road – Colorado and Utah.)
WEDNESDAY MORNING LINKS:
— UCLA junior center Joshua Smith is losing weight.
— Five-star guard Isaac Hamilton told Rivals.com he <a href="
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— The Rivals article also has an evaluation of point guard Nigel Williams-Goss, who committed to Washington, while he was at the LeBron James Skills Academy. The report said: “This kid is a winner. He will play multiple roles for a team and the most important one is that of leader and a guy who will do anything that his coach needs from him. A combo guard, he’s just out there to contribute to the cause on each side of the ball. ”
— Ballislife.com also compiled a top 10 plays list from the LBJ camp and Williams-Goss checks in at No. 2.
— Gary Parrish at CBSsports.com wonders if Aaron Gordon, another 5-star prospect, is going to commit this summer. Reportedly he’s going to wait until the spring and UW is believed to among his favorites.
— Seven Pac-12 players were named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches 2011-12 Honors Court. The NABC award recognizes players who excelled academically last season. To be eligible, a player must be at least a junior at an NCAA Division I, II, III, or NAIA institution. He must have matriculated for at least one year and have a GPA of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2011-12 academic year.
Sabatino Chen ….. Jr. ….. Mathematics
Trey Eckloff ….. Sr. ….. Finance
Shane Harris-Tunks ….. Jr. ….. Advertising
Jack Trotter …. Sr. ….. Economics
Andrew Zimmerman ….. Sr. ….. Biology
David Foster ….. Sr. ….. Speech Communications
Abe Lodwick …. Sr. Communication & Political Science