Happy New Year and all that jazz.
Let’s start the year with our story on C.J. Wilcox who is riding a rather unique streak. The senior guard has scored 15 points in the last 15 games, which is the first time that’s happened since coach Lorenzo Romar took over 12 years ago.
WEDNESDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Here’s a nice wrap-up of the Pac-12 nonconference season and power rankings by Arizona Daily Star’s Jon Gold.
— No. 1 Arizona wants to avoid last season’s mistakes when the Wildcats went from No. 3 in the country and finished in a three-way tie in the Pac-12.
— Arizona center Kaleb Tarczewski will return for Thursday’s Pac-12 opener against Washington State after missing two games with a sprained ankle.
— Brian Howell at the Daily Camera gives a team-by-team look at the Pac-12 heading into conference play.
— Colorado ranks last in the Pac-12 with a 1-to-1 assists-to-turnover ratio. But Buffaloes coach Tad Boyle says his play makers are taking a more aggressive approach, which has helped CU to a No. 20 ranking in the AP poll.
— California (9-4) plays Stanford (9-3) on Thursday in a Bay Area battle of two middling Pac-12 teams looking to finish in the top half of the conference.
— Utah has raised the hopes of its long-suffering fans with an 11-1 nonconference record. But things get serious Thursday when the Utes host No. 10 Oregon in the Pac-12 opener.
— Utah sophomore forward Jordan Loveridge told the Deseret News: “We’re ready and we want to play a team like this. We want to see where we’re at. So I think we’re ready and we’re anxious to play this team.”
— Oregon State is still tinkering with the starting lineup. In its nonconference finale, coach Craig Robinson gave sophomore Langston Morris-Walker his first start in place of Victor Robbins.