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