There are a lot of teams lining opponents up and taking names. Too bad the Pac-12 isn’t collectively among them. The conference lined up against ranked teams all weekend, dropping each game. California (8-3) is probably the most frustrated, losing to No. 12 Ohio State (10-0) on Saturday for its third loss to a top-25 team, each by a combined six points.
When Washington (6-2) started the season, Sunday’s matinee appeared to be the most competitive on its inherited schedule. Houston reached the NCAA tournament last year with a 26-6 record, winning the Conference USA title. But injuries have the Cougars off to a 1-9 start and out of the polls completely.
Still, the Huskies haven’t dropped a home game since the opener. Already on a three-game win streak with two remaining before the start of Pac-12 play, UW hopes another one bites the dust at Edmundson Pavilion. The women host Houston after the men play South Dakota State at noon in the first double-header in at least a decade.
Nationally, undefeated, No. 8 Kentucky (10-0) hopes its dreaded defense can keep its streak going at No. 3 Notre Dame (9-1). It’s a rematch of the Irish’s loss in Lexington last season. The defensive grudge match will be aired live on ESPNU at 10 a.m. PST.
And undefeated, top-ranked Baylor (10-0) is looking for its first win against No. 2 Connecticut (9-0) at 5:30 p.m. (PST) on ESPN. The Bears lost the two previous meetings against the Huskies, but now have the more experienced lineup.
It’s the 48th meeting of the top two teams in national polls, the No. 1 seed winning the past seven, including BU’s win against Notre Dame earlier this season.
Across our state, Washington State (6-4) is hosting No. 14 Louisville (10-2) at 6 p.m. (PST). The Cougs, which had a week off to concentrate on finals, have played well with a tough schedule and it’ll be interesting to see how the seasoned group handles a ranked opponent at home. The game is also being marketed as Native American Appreciation Night.
Here is coach June Daugherty discussing the upcoming matchup:
Also around the Pac-12, Southern California (4-4) is looking to rebound (find itself?) after a surprising loss to Arkansas State on Thursday. USC plays at No. 10 Texas A&M (7-2) on Sunday. Former Aggies star Danielle Adams, who was drafted in the second round by the San Antonio Silver Stars, will have her jersey retired at halftime.