It wasn’t perfect, but the Pac-12 went 8-2 in Friday night’s season openers.
The ranked teams (No. 6 Arizona, No. 19 Oregon and No. 22 UCLA) won, but Colorado blew a chance at picking up a ‘W’ against a ranked opponent.
Here’s a rundown of the openers.
— No. 6 Arizona 73-62 over Cal Poly: Despite a sore groin, touted freshman Aaron Gordon finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots to lead the Wildcats (1-0) in his college debut. Six Arizona players scored in double figures. Interesting to note, center Kaleb Tarczewski, who started all 35 games last season, did not start Friday. Arizona went with a smaller, three-guard lineup perhaps realizing it needed another three-point shooter on the floor rather than someone who might clog the middle with Gordon.
— No. 19 Oregon 82-75 over Georgetown: Three transfers were the stars for the Ducks in what was a foul-fest in the South Korea game for the troops. Both teams combined for 59 fouls. The Ducks (1-0) sank 36 of 44 free throws. Newcomers Joseph Young and Jason Calliste led the way. The transfers combined to make all 23 of their shots at the line. Young was 12 for 12 and scored a team-high 24 points. Calliste was 11 for 11 and had 16 points. Mike Moser added 15 points. Dominic Artis, who is suspended nine games for selling school-issued sneakers, apologized via Twitter.
— No. 22 UCLA 72-67 over Drexel: Late night for the Bruins (1-0) in the 9 p.m. game, which might explain why they fell asleep in the second half and needed a late rally to avoid an upset in coach Steve Alford’s debut. Jordan Adams scored 16 points, Zach LaVine and David Wear each had 14 and Kyle Anderson added 12 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high tying seven assists for the Bruins, who let an early 13-point lead dwindle to one with 2:19 to play.
— No. 25 Baylor 72-60 over Colorado: If Spencer Dinwiddie can’t shoot any better than 2-for-12 from the field and 1-for-5 on three-pointers, then the Buffaloes (0-1) aren’t going to contend for the Pac-12 title. CU needed their star to lead the way and he struggled to a 10-point performance. Askia Booker was hardly any better. He shot 5 of 16 from the floor, including 0-4 on treys. He also had 10 points. Josh Scott led the Buffs with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
— Arizona State 96-61 over UMBC: Sophomore sensation Jahii Carson, who plans to enter the NBA draft next summer, began his final season with a bang. He had 19 points and five assists as the Sun Devils (1-0) rolled over Maryland-Baltimore County. Newcomer Jermaine Marshall had 19 points and Jordan Bachynski added 12 and 15 rebounds. Every ASU starter scored in double figures including Shaquielle McKissic, the former Kentridge High star who had 11.
— Washington State 62-56 over Cal State Bakersfield: Big night for DaVonte Lacy who scored a career-high 28 points. He sank 14 of 17 free throws as the Cougars (1-0) forced 32 fouls. After losing 10 games last season by five points or fewer, coach Ken Bone said he liked being on the right side of a close game. Still, there’s plenty of reasons for concern. WSU shot 31.3 percent (15 of 48) on field goals. Other than Lacy, no Cougar scored more than eight points. And WSU had just seven assists, three among the starters.
— California 83-64 over Coppin State: The Golden Bears (1-0) gave their fans plenty to be excited about. Tyrone Wallace had 20 points, seven assists and six rebounds, Justin Cobbs added 16 points and six assists and touted freshman Jabari Bird finished with 14 points, seven rebounds, five assists, two blocked shots and zero turnovers in 21 minutes off the bench.
— Stanford 72-68 over Bucknell: Chasson Randle led the Cardinal with 18 points and Dwight Powell (17 points and 12 rebounds) notched a double double, but it was Anthony Brown, who made his return after missing last year, who saved the day. He hit a 3-pointer from the corner 10 seconds later to put the Cardinal ahead by four. Brown had 14 points. Stefan Nastic added 11.
— Utah 128-44 over Evergreen State: The season opener must have felt like an exhibition for the Utes who piled up a lot of points against their NAIA Division II opponent. The blowout won’t impress the computers or pollsters, but Utah (1-0) likely felt good about its impressive performance. Jordan Loveridge scored 24 points and collected 13 rebounds, while Delon Wright had 17 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, seven steals and three blocks. Brandon Taylor chipped in 16 points and six assists and Dakari Tucker added 13.
— Utah State 78-65 over USC: Rotten debut for coach Andy Enfield. The Trojans shot only 37 percent from the field for the game, and went only 4 for 24 from 3-point range. USC (1-0) needs more firepower to run Enfield’s Dunk City offense. J.T. Terrell scored 20 points while Omar Oraby and Byron Wesley each added 15. However, no other USC player had more than four points.