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December 13, 2014 at 1:42 AM

Huskies hoops links: Pair of ranked showdowns highlight Saturday’s Pac-12 games

The UCLA Bruins will likely need a big game from freshman forward Kevon Looney, who is averaging 13.9 points and 11.2 rebounds, on Saturday when they play against No. 9 Gonzaga and its big front line. (Photo credit: Scott Chandler)

The UCLA Bruins will likely need a big game from freshman forward Kevon Looney, who is averaging 13.9 points and 11.2 rebounds, on Saturday when they play against No. 9 Gonzaga and its big front line. (Photo credit: Scott Chandler)

Nearly a full slate of Pac-12 games Saturday. Every team plays except No. 17 Washington, which hosts Eastern Washington 5 p.m. Sunday.

There’s several big games in the conference, including UCLA hosting No. 9 Gonzaga and No. 13 Utah facing No. 10 Kansas on a ‘neutral’ court in Kansas City, Mo.

The Pac-12 is 5-7 against ranked teams. Here’s how the conference has fared.

Date Team Opponent Outcome
Dec. 10 Washington State No. 9 Gonzaga L, 81-66
Dec. 7 Washington No. 13 San Diego State W, 49-36
Dec. 6 No. 3 Arizona No. 9 Gonzaga W, 66-63 OT
Dec. 3 No. 25 Utah No. 8 Wichita State W, 69-68 OT
Nov. 27 No. 22 UCLA No. 5 North Carolina L, 78-56
Nov. 26 No. 3 Arizona No. 15 San Diego State W, 61-59
Nov. 25 Oregon No. 14 VCU L, 77-63
Nov. 24 Oregon No. 19 Michigan L, 70-63
Nov. 22 Stanford No. 4 Duke L, 70-59
Nov. 21 California No. 10 Texas L, 71-55
Nov. 20 California Nov. 25 Syracuse W, 73-59
Nov. 18 No. 25 Utah No. 16 San Diego State L, 53-49

 

And here’s a few links to get you prepared for the action.

SATURDAY MORNING LINKS:

— At least on paper, UCLA has the size on the front line to stand up against No. 9 Gonzaga and its collection of imposing big men that includes 6-10 forward Kyle Wiltjer, 7-1 center Przemek Karnowski and 6-10 forward Domantas Sabonis, the son of Hall of Famer Arvydas Sabonis.

— In a schedule of tough nonconference games, Saturday’s showdown against No. 10 Kansas is the biggest for No. 13 Utah.

— A humbled Michigan team that was upset twice at home by mid-majors has a tall task Saturday at No. 3 Arizona.

— Colorado coach Tad Boyle leads the Buffaloes in a reluctant matchup against his former team Northern Colorado.

— Arizona State, which failed to hold on to leads in the final three minutes of its three losses, is focusing on finishing.

— Oregon State newcomer Gary Payton II has a knack for rebounding. Seven games into his OSU career, the 6-3 guard is averaging a team-high 9.6 rebounds. The mark is tied for second in the Pac-12 and tied for 29th nationally.

— A petition to ban broadcaster¬†Bill Walton¬†from announcing Arizona basketball fans has garnered about 800 signatures.

— Who says two prominent programs can’t play a nonconference game that will be held on campus and not in a neutral location or in a holiday tournament. UCLA and Kentucky managed to agree on deal that is super fan-friendly.

— Not exactly Pac-12 related, but significant to note Georgetown players wore ‘I Can’t Breathe’ t-shirts during warmups before Wednesday’s 75-70 loss to No. 10 Kansas. The shirts quote the final words of New York City man Eric Garner, who died in July after a police officer placed him in a chokehold during an arrest for selling loose cigarettes. A video recording of the incident showed Garner repeatedly saying “I can’t breathe.” On Dec. 3, a New York grand jury declined to indict the officer involved in Garner’s death, sparking waves of protest about Garner’s case specifically and police conduct more generally.

— The Pac-12 apologized for technical issues that botched its $12 Pac-12 Tournament flash sale Friday. The promotion is no longer available. Additionally, the Pac-12 is selling all-tournament tickets, which also went on sale Friday. Those start at $256.70. Regular-priced single-session tickets will go on sale next month.

 

TODAY IN THE PAC-12:

Game Time TV
Pepperdine (5-1) at Arizona State (5-3) 11 a.m. Pac-12 Networks
No. 13 Utah (7-1) vs. No. 10 Kansas (7-1) 12:15 p.m. ESPN
Mississippi State (5-2) at Oregon State (5-2) 1 p.m. Pac-12 Networks
Michigan (6-3) at No. 3 Arizona (9-0) 2:15 p.m. ESPN
Northern Colorado (4-3) at Colorado (5-3) 3 p.m. Pac-12 Networks
Denver (4-4) at Stanford (4-2) 3 p.m. Pac-12 Networks
Oregon (5-3) at Illinois (7-2) 4 p.m. Big Ten Networks
Princeton (3-7) at California (8-1) 5:30 p.m. Pac-12 Networks
No. 9 Gonzaga (8-1) at UCLA (8-2) 7 p.m. ESPN2
Washington State (4-5) at Santa Clara (4-4) 7 p.m. No TV
Army (6-2) at USC (6-3) 7:30 p.m. Pac-12 Networks

 

TRACKING FUTURE HUSKIES IN LAST NIGHT’S GAMES:

— 2015 signee Dejounte Murray followed Tuesday’s school record 52-point performance with a 35-point outing to lead three-time defending 3A champion Rainier Beach to a 93-48 win at Nathan Hale. Keith Smith, a 2016 prospect, scored 23 for the Vikings.

— 2015 signee Matisse Thybulle scored 20 points to lead Eastside Catholic to a 69-24 win over Ingraham.

— 2016 commit JaQuori McLaughlin scored 37 points to lead Peninsula to a 72-55 win over Sumner.

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