With two weeks remaining in the regular season, Bud Withers takes a look at the Pac-12.
Here’s what he had to say about Washington: “The UW could finish 10-8, when it might be time to consult Kevin O’Neill, who coached the only two 14-loss, at-large NCAA teams in league history, at Arizona (2008) and USC (2011). But both had far more nonleague chops than the Huskies.”
WEDNESDAY MORNING LINKS:
— In case you missed it, Withers also summed up the sad and depressing saga of the Washington State men’s basketball team and coach Ken Bone.
— California handed then-No. 1 Arizona its first loss of the season on Feb. 1 with a 60-58 upset win at Haas Pavilion. That’s the game the Wildcats loss sophomore star forward Brandon Ashley to a season-ending foot injury. The rematch is Wednesday at McKale Center and the Golden Bears are expecting a hostile welcoming.
— No. 3 Arizona (25-2, 12-2) needs a few more wins to secure a No. 1 seed – likely in the West – in next month’s NCAA tournament.
— With a pair of wins this week against the visiting Bay Area teams, Arizona will remain unbeaten at home for the first time since 2011.
— Talk about innovative scheduling, Arizona is considering hosting a basketball game inside Arizona Stadium. Due to the warm desert climate in the fall and the Wildcats’ large fan base, they’re the only Pac-12 team that could pull this off.
— After a pair of losses on its Rocky Mountain road trip, Arizona State (19-8, 8-6) returns home where it is 14-1 for Wednesday’s game against Stanford. The Sun Devils are trying to avoid their first three-game losing streak this season.
— Robbie Lemons has come a long ways since walking on at Stanford in 2010. He was given a scholarship last year and the 6-3 senior guard has been getting reserve minutes recently.
— UCLA is two games behind Arizona in the Pac-12 title race. However, the Bruins need to focus on winning away from home if they’re going to make a run in the NCAA tourney.
— It sounds as if Oregon coach Dana Altman will lift Damyean Dotson’s one-game suspension before the Beavers face UCLA at Pauley Pavilion on Thursday. Dotson missed Sunday’s Washington State game after being cited and released by Eugene Police when he tried to use a fake I.D. to enter a bar.
— Oregon State may look back at Saturday’s 86-62 upset defeat at home against Washington as the tipping point in a season that promised a little progress but delivered the same disappointing results.
— Colorado’s Tad Boyle deserves consideration for Pac-12 coach of the year after keeping the Buffaloes together when they lost star guard Spencer Dinwiddie to a season-ending knee injury. But let’s be real, Arizona’s Sean Miller is winning this award.
TODAY’S PAC-12 SCHEDULE:
California (18-9, 9-5) at No. 3 Arizona (25-2, 12-2), 6 p.m. PT ………. ESPN2
Stanford (18-8, 9-5) at Arizona State (19-8, 8-6), 8 p.m. …………….. ESPNU
Picks: Arizona and ASU
Pac-12 tally: 63-23 (.732)
Season tally: 162-46 (.779)