ESPN.com takes a look at the holiday tournament brackets and Dana O’Neil predicts UTEP will top Washington in the finals at the Wooden Legacy.
O’Neil writes: “A potential title game between UTEP and Washington also has some appeal. Again, the Huskies might not have enough depth to contend in the Pac-12, but if (Nigel Williams-Goss) gets going, they become tough to beat. And a hot player can change the fortunes of a team in a hurry.”
Meanwhile, ESPN.com’s C.L. Brown examines Washington’s matchup with Oklahoma in the MGM Grand Showcase.
Brown writes: “Washington and (Williams-Goss) both benefited from his decision to postpone turning pro and return to school for his sophomore season. Williams-Goss, the leading returning scorer on the team, will need some help in that capacity. By the time this game is played the Huskies will have a good indication on how much Jernard Jarreau can contribute. The 6-foot-10 forward tore his anterior cruciate ligament in the season opener last year.”
Here’s ESPN.com’s full list of the holiday tournaments. Last year, the Pac-12 posted a 4-8 record in nonconference games against ranked teams.
TUESDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Bud Withers writes about Washington and Gonzaga renewing their basketball rivalry in 2016.
— Federal Way Allonzo Trier became a national child prodigy when he was 13 and featured in a New York Times story five years ago. The five-star prospect has lived up the hype so far and he committed to play for Arizona.
— Oregon State will play Oklahoma State in the MGM Grand Event on Nov. 24. The winner will face the winner of Auburn-Tulsa on Nov. 26 in the championship game.
— Mike DeCourcy at the Sporting News put together a list of the top 12 impact players and he has Arizona’s Rondae Hollis-Jefferson No. 1. San Diego State’s Angelo Chol also made the list at No. 10. Chol once considered Washington before choosing Arizona and transferring to SDSU. The Huskies and Aztecs meet this season for the second time in as many years.