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Pac-12 Confidential

Bud Withers offers an inside look at the Pac-12 Conference and the national college scene.

November 24, 2013 at 8:42 PM

The holiday week in Pac-12 hoops (with TV times and listings)


Important week for Pac-12 basketball, previewed below. All times listed are Pacific.

Arizona (5-0)

This week: ‘Cats have Drexel at 4 p.m.  Wednesday on ESPNU an in NIT Tipoff semifinal in New York, with a long-anticipated possible game in the final Friday against Duke.

What’s up: Arizona has a ridiculous 21-percent gap between its shooting percentage (.544) and field-goal defense (.333).

Arizona State (5-0)

This week: Hosts Marquette Monday night, then Creighton in the first round of the Wooden Legacy at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving (ESPN2).

What’s up: Sun Devils are 5-0 for the first time since the 1985-86 season. Guard combo of Jahii Carson (40 in a victory at UNLV) and Penn State transfer Jermaine Marshall has been dynamite, averaging a combined 38.8 points.

Cal (4-0)

This week: Bears go to Maui Invitational, opening Monday at noon with Arkansas and then face Syracuse-Minnesota winner/loser in second game (the other side of the bracket includes Gonzaga).

What’s up: Freshman Jabari Bird leads in scoring at 13.5 and Richard Solomon gets 12.5 boards a game. Bears haven’t really beaten anybody.

Colorado (6-1)

This week: Plays Saturday at Air Force.

What’s up: Down double-digits to unbeaten Harvard, Buffs came back to win Sunday. They have a plus-10.3 rebound margin.

Oregon (4-0)

This week: Friday, Ducks host Pacific in the opener of the Global Sports Hardwood Challenge. Saturday, they get either Cal Poly or North Dakota.

What’s up: Oregon has a solid win over Georgetown in the season opener, and three of the top four scorers are first-year transfers, led by ex-Houston guard Joseph Young (23.0 ppg).

Oregon State (2-1)

This week: Beavers host Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Tuesday night, then go to DePaul Sunday.

What’s up: Team is a head-scratcher, losing at home to Coppin State and beating Maryland on the road. Guard Roberto Nelson has been almost unstoppable, averaging 30.3 points.

Stanford (4-1)

This week: In the Progressive Legends Classic, Cardinal meets Houston Monday night in Brooklyn (6:30 p.m., ESPN2), then takes on the winner/loser of Pitt-Texas Tech Tuesday night.

What’s up: Guard Chasson Randle leads in scoring at 21.8, and Anthony Brown, back from an injury, is second at 15.4. Cardinal shooting .412 from three-point distance.

UCLA (5-0)

This week: Thanksgiving day and Friday, Bruins are in Las Vegas for the Continental Tire Classic, playing Nevada and Northwestern (the latter at 8:30 p.m., ESPN2).

What’s up: Bruins have a collection of not-so-impressive pelts. Guard Jordan Adams averages 22 points and Bothell product Zach LaVine has shot plus-.500 early and averages 10 points.

USC (4-1)

This week: In the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas, USC gets Villanova at 10 a.m. Thanksgiving day, with Kansas/Wake Forest also on that side of the bracket.

What’s up: Guard Byron Wesley averages 19.8 points and 8.8 rebounds to lead both categories. His 77 shots taken is more than twice any teammate’s.

Utah (5-0)

This week: Utes host (what else) Ball State Wednesday in the Global Sports Hoops Showcase.

What’s up: Thirteen of Utah’s first 14 games are at the Huntsman Center, the only exception a Dec. 3 game at Boise State. Against a powder-puff schedule, Utes are holding opponents to 13.8 percent on threes.

Washington (2-3)

This week: Huskies host Montana Tuesday night and Long Beach State Saturday afternoon.

What’s up: Never a good thing to have three losses before Thanksgiving. Huskies haven’t guarded, allowing .510 shooting and 87 points per game.

Washington State (2-2)

This week: Cougars meet Butler on Thanksgiving Day opener in Old Spice Classic at 11 a.m.  on ESPN2. Whoever wins gets the survivor of the Purdue-Oklahoma State game.

What’s up: WSU, which fell at home to TCU Sunday, not shooting well (.403), not defending well (.500 FG defense) and not getting inside scoring.







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