No. 9 Utah is 3-0 in the Pac-12.
Not just that, the Utes have destroyed the competition. They’re not winning games. They’re demolishing the opposition.
Utah clobbered USC 79-55 in the conference opener, which isn’t much of a surprise because the Trojans aren’t very good.
Then the Utes hammered UCLA 71-39, which may not be all that shocking considering the Bruins’ are riding a five game-losing streak.
And last night Utah blew past Colorado 74-49 in a game that was close for awhile, but turned into a rout in the second half. The Utes are 13-2 overall. It would seem they’ll be tested next week when they play at No. 7 Arizona in a game that will have Pac-12 regular-season title ramifications.
THURSDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Washington’s loss at California last week doesn’t look so good considering the Golden Bears dropped their next two games, including a 71-57 defeat at USC. Cal is 1-4 in the past five games, which includes its 81-75 win over UW. The Bears fell to 11-5, 1-2.
— UCLA is in danger of missing NCAA tournament for third time in six years.
— Say this about Dana Altman and Oregon, the Ducks are very much unconventional when it comes to recruiting. This time they may have outdone themselves signing 6-foot-10 power forward Roman Sorkin from Minsk, Belarus. The Israeli Junior National Team player joined the team Tuesday. He averaged 14.1 points, 9.9 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game for Israel at the 2014 U-18 European Championships. He shot 51.7 percent from the field and 81.2 percent from the free throw line during the tournament.
— Still, don’t expect Sorkin to play a major role tonight when Oregon hosts No. 7 Arizona.
— For the Wildcats, they’re dealing with the daily struggling of maintaining good chemistry among a group of future NBA players. Coach Sean Miller told the Arizona Daily Star: “It only takes one day and you can go from having this tight-knit group that will go on vacation together to disarray. There’s just so many people tugging and pulling, and there’s so much selfishness at the core of college basketball, that you don’t have chemistry for long periods of time. You have to work at it every day.”
— After starting the first eight games, Stanford forward Roscoe Allen has embraced a role as a super sub. He’s come off the bench in the last five and it’s been a boost for the Cardinal.
— Langston Morris-Walker does a little bit of everything for Oregon State.
TODAY’S PAC-12 SCHEDULE:
|Stanford (10-3, 2-0) at UCLA (8-7, 0-2)||6 p.m.||ESPN|
|Arizona State (8-6, 0-1) at Oregon State (9-4, 0-1)||6 p.m.||Fox Sports 1|
|No. 7 Arizona (13-1, 1-0) at Oregon (11-3, 1-0)||7:30 p.m.||Pac-12 Networks|