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Pac-12 Confidential

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

November 23, 2014 at 6:04 PM

A viewer’s guide to the holiday hoops week in the Pac-12

There’s lots of good TV ahead this week in basketball. Here’s what’s on tap for each team in the Pac-12, with a nod to the best games on the tube. And if you’re following 13th-ranked Gonzaga, the Zags have Georgia Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN2 in the NIT season tipoff, and a game Friday night against either Minnesota or St. John’s.


Second-ranked Wildcats (3-0) open play in Maui Invitational Monday afternoon (2 p.m. Pacific, ESPN2) against Missouri, with the winner to play the survivor of the Purdue-Kansas State game. On the other side of the bracket are Pitt, Chaminade, BYU and San Diego State, so it’s possible the Wednesday-night final could pit the Wildcats and Aztecs, who had a rousing game in the 2014 Sweet 16.

Arizona State

Sun Devils (3-0) open with Maryland in the CBE Classic at 4 p.m. Monday on ESPNU. Also in the field are Alabama and Iowa State.


Bears (3-1), who upset Syracuse by 14 in the 2K Classic in New York last week before getting schooled by Texas, host Cal Poly Wednesday night in advance of a Sunday game at Fresno State.


No tournament for the 2-1 Buffs, who host Air Force Tuesday night and Lipscomb Sunday. Update: I missed this originally — Colorado’s defeat was a doozy, a 56-33 loss at Wyoming the other night in which the Buffs had two baskets in the second half. Not exactly a ringing endorsement for them or the conference, with Colorado expected to be an upper-echelon team.


3-0 Ducks get Michigan (ranked 22nd by the coaches) Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center in the Progressive Legends Classic and will meet either Villanova or Virginia Commonwealth Tuesday.

Oregon State

Beavers (3-0) are at the Las Vegas Grand Main Event, facing Oklahoma State Monday at 5:30 p.m. and either Auburn or Tulsa Wednesday night.


Cardinal (3-1), fresh off the Coaches Versus Cancer Classic in Brooklyn, hosts Delaware Tuesday night, visits DePaul Sunday.


In the eight-team Battle 4 Atlantis tournament at Nassau, The Bahamas, Bruins (3-0) open with Oklahoma at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday on ESPN2. Then they get Butler or North Carolina Thursday.


Trojans (2-2) just got done with the Charleston Classic in South Carolina, host Cal State-Fullerton Tuesday night and travel to Albuquerque to face New Mexico Sunday.


Starting Wednesday, the 2-1 Utes host a tournament that includes Pan-American, North Dakota and Alabama State. If that doesn’t do it for you, their first four games of December are Wichita State (in Salt Lake City Dec. 3), BYU, Kansas and UNLV.


Huskies (3-0) are in the eight-team Wooden Legacy tournament, meeting San Jose State at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving night (ESPN2)  in their opener. Also in the field: Long Beach State, Western Michigan, San Diego, Xavier, Princeton and UTEP.


Cougars (1-2) open play in the Great Alaska Shootout at 9 p.m. Thanksgiving night against Cal-Santa Barbara on CBS Sports Network. Also in the field: Rice, Pacific, Mercer, Missouri State, Colorado State and Alaska-Anchorage.



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