As we noted earlier, Sunday’s game between No. 10 Oregon and No. 20 Colorado was the first regular-season contest involving two ranked conference teams since Feb. 26, 2009. On that day No. 21 Washington beat No. 14 Arizona State 73-70 in overtime at Edmundson Pavilion.
The Oregon-Colorado game lived up to its billing and capped a wild first week of the Pac-12 season.
Here’s a look at Sunday’s results, a few notes from around the league and the Associated Press top 25 ballot I submitted this week.
MONDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Utah wants to carry momentum gained from Saturday’s win against Oregon State into Wednesday’s game at Washington. Utes coach Larry Krystowiak told the Salt Lake Tribune: “”We have to go on the road and hopefully there will be a carryover from this performance. This league is so good that it can kind of snowball on you. We started 0-2 on the road last year and both games went down to the wire. Now we get a win at home and it does a lot for us mentally.”
— No. 20 Colorado rallied from a 10-point deficit to hand No. 10 Oregon its first loss of the season, 100-91 at Coors Events Center. Askia Booker scored a career-high 27 points, 11 in the last 4:40, and Spencer Dinwiddie had 16 of his 23 in the second half for the Buffaloes (13-2, 2-0 Pac-12), which is off to its best start since 1968-69. Josh Scott and Xavier Johnson each scored 15 points for the Buffs, which shot 56.4 percent from the field and made 33 of 39 (84.6%) at the free throw line. Colorado plays Washington State on Wednesday before Sunday’s contest at Washington.
— Gotta love Dinwiddie’s honesty when accessing Booker: He told the Denver Post: “It’s pretty simple. When he plays really well, we play really well. We kind of go as he goes. Me, Josh (Scott) and Xavier (Johnson) don’t change that much. Xavier can be a little up and down. No offense, but Askia knows he can be up and down.When he’s up we are one good team, and when he’s down we struggle.”
— Oregon came into the game with the nation’s highest scoring offense and the Ducks exceeded their average, 89.2 points per game. However, Oregon isn’t very good defensively. Mike Moser, who had 24 points, told the Oregonian: ““We just have to figure out how to defend and really stop guys, the more talented guys in the league especially. You can’t really expect to let their two best players have 20-(plus) and think you’re going to be successful if you also don’t rebound and you foul as much as we did.” The Ducks (13-1, 1-1) fell from the ranks of the unbeaten – only six teams are left – and were denied its first 14-0 start since 1937-38. Joseph Young and Damyean Dotson both added 16 points.
— Kyle Anderson scored 23 points, Jordan Adams had 21 and Bryce Alford 20 to lead UCLA to a 107-73 romp over cross-town rival USC in the Pac-12 opener for both teams. For the first time this season, the Bruins fans came out to support their team. The announced crowd at Pauley Pavilion was 11,285 – by far the largest this season. UCLA (12-2, 1-0) should expect another large gathering Thursday when No. 1 Arizona comes to town.
— According to the Los Angeles Times, USC coach Andy Enfield pinned the loss on the players. Said Enfield: “Players win games, Coaches come up with game plans, but players have to perform and ours have to show better leadership. … Our guards played very poorly, theirs played great.” UCLA (9-5, 0-1) received 89 points from its back court. The Trojans were led by guards Byron Wesley, J.T. Terrill and Julian Jabobs, who scored 21, 14 points and 10 respectively.
— Arizona State senior guard Jermaine Marshall was flat out awful in Thursday’s Pac-12 opener scoring four points on 2-for-11 shooting. On Sunday, he was simply sensational. Marshall tallied 18 of his 26 points in the second half as ASU pulled away from Washington State for a 66-47 win. Jahii Carson added 14 points and Shaquielle McKissic 12 for the Sun Devils (12-3, 1-1).
— DaVonte Lacy, Washington State’s leading scorer for the season, was back in the lineup eight days after an emergency appendectomy but left with 6:23 to go in the first half and did not return. Said coach Ken Bone: “We need him on the court and he’s a big piece of what we do, especially on the offensive end and we are paying the price.” Freshman Que Johnson scored 18 for the Cougars, which amassed just 72 points combined in their first two Pac-12 games. WSU fell to 7-7, 0-2.
— In what was billed as a NCAA tournament or bust season, Oregon State is 0-2 in the Pac-12, which has led coach Craig Robinson to consider tinkering with the lineup. Again. Eric Moreland, who served a 12-game suspension, made his first start in Saturday’s loss at Utah. Now, junior point guard Challe Barton could lose his job to freshman Hallice Cooke.
— And lastly, here’s a look at my Associated Press top 25 ballot this week.
1. Arizona (15-0)
2. Syracuse (14-0)
3. Wisconsin (15-0)
4. Ohio State (15-0)
5. Michigan State (13-1)
6. Baylor (12-1)
7. Villanova (13-1)
8. Wichita State (15-0)
9. Louisville (13-2)
10. Iowa State (13-0)
11. San Diego State (12-1)
12. Colorado (13-2)
13. Florida (11-2)
14. Oklahoma State (12-2)
15. Oregon (13-1)
16. Duke (11-3)
17. Kentucky (10-3)
18. Gonzaga (14-2)
19. UCLA (12-2)
20. Kansas (9-4)
21. Missouri (12-1)
22. UMass (12-1)
23. Illinois (13-2)
24. Creighton (12-2)
25. North Carolina (10-4)
In – Illinois and Creighton
Out – Uconn and Memphis
Also considered – Cincinnati and Kansas State