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November 8, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Thursday links: Pac-12 season one day away

The Pac-12 finished the exhibition season unscathed and begins the regular season tomorrow.
Bob Condotta wrote a Seattle University preview. The Redhawks face Washington Dec. 13 at KeyArena.
And here’s a poll (below) asking which team in the state will prevail this season.

Which of these state basketball programs will have the best season?
And here’s a few links before the real games get started.
— Nice overview of the Pac-12 by Ryan Thorburn at the Daily Camera.
— This is going to be an anxious few days for UW fans. I don’t get the sense folks are worried about Sunday’s season opener against Loyola Maryland. However, UW’s primary recruiting target Aaron Gordon is scheduled to visit Kentucky this weekend. The trip to Lexington, KY is the last official visit for Gordon who has also visited Arizona, Oregon and Kansas.
Kameron Rooks, a 7-foot, 270-pound center from San Marcos, Calif. who has scholarship offers from Washington and Arizona State, received an offer from Arizona. He is the son of former Wildcats standout Sean Rooks. Kameron Rooks is considered a three-star prospect by ESPN and He’s not rated by Rivals.
— Here’s a Washington preview by the News Tribune.
— Washington State won 62-50 over Saint Martin’s thanks to Brock Motum who scored a game-high 21 points.
— If Wednesday’s performance was any indication, California junior Allen Crabbe is one of the favorites to lead the Pac-12 in scoring. He poured in 28 points to lead the Golden Bears to an 89-80 exhibition win over Division II San Francisco State.
— Here’s a quick Cal preview.
J.T. Terrell, who played at Peninsula College in Washington last season, will start Friday for USC when the Trojans open the season against Coppin State. The 6-3, 185-pound junior will pair with point guard Jio Fontan in the backcourt. Terrell averaged 24.4 points last season and 11.1 two years ago at Wake Forest.
— Colorado’s starting lineup is expected to include: guards Askia Booker, Sabatino Chen, Spender Dinwiddie and forwards Andre Roberson and Josh Scott.
— Enthusiasm is high in Boulder, Colo. The Buffs have sold more than 5,800 season tickets, which easily surpassed the previous record of 4,000 or so. They’re hoping for their first season-opening sellout on Friday.
— The departure of Jared Cunningham creates more opportunities for other Oregon State players.
— OSU coach Craig Robinson talks about his Election Night experience and what he said to President Obama on stage as the confetti rained.
— Oregon coach Dana Altman tells the Oregonian: “This team is going to drive me nuts for a little while.”
— Here’s a few words on Saint Louis, UW’s opponent on Nov. 28, which is struggling to replace its best player, Kwamain Mitchell. The fifth-year senior guard broke his foot and is out until 2013.

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