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January 8, 2014 at 12:18 AM

Morning links: UW preps for Pac-12 home opener vs. Utah

Washington has been vulnerable at Alaska Airlines Arena where it has a 7-2 record this season, including losses to then-No.10 Connecticut and UC Irvine. The Huskies were 5-3 at home against Pac-12 opponents last season, including a 74-65 defeat to Utah.

Washington gets a chance to avenge that loss in its conference home opener 8 p.m. Wednesday. It’s only the second road game this season for the Utes.

WEDNESDAY MORNING LINKS:

— Since joining the Pac-12 in 2011-12, Utah is 1-17 in conference road games. The Utes have drawn big crowds at home in the past two games.

— Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak told the Salt Lake Tribune: “C.J. Wilcox is really good. “Washington’s received solid play from their big men and as a team they get out in transition. We are going to have to get back and defend. They look like they have really improved since the start of the non-conference schedule.”

— No. 15 Colorado is dominant at home while compiling at 55-7 record at Coors Event Center since coach Tad Boyle took over four years ago. However, since joining the Pac-12 in 2011-12 the Buffaloes are 7-11 in conference road games.

— Tough season for Washington State, which lost leading scorer DaVonte Lacy to another injury. This time a rib injury will keep him out of this week’s games.

— Oregon State sophomore guard Langston Morris-Walker rips the starters. He told the Oregonian: “The second team is really just chaos out there. We have pride on the defensive end, and we also have energy on offense. I feel like the first team has to do some more of that for us to win these games.”

Bud Withers writes about WSU’s 25-point outing in last week’s Pac-12 opener.

— The best Pac-12 game this week figures to be Thursday in Pauley Pavilion when No. 1 Arizona plays at UCLA.

— Lots of information in Jon Gold’s weekly Pac-12 notebook, which includes notes and a power ranking.

— Transfer U, err, Oregon added another player from another Division I school. Brandon Austin, who left Providence midway through the season after being suspended for an off-court incident, chose the Ducks instead of transferring to a school closer to his home in Philadelphia. The 6-6 freshman wing is a former top 50 recruit in the class of 2013.

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