The calendar signifies that the common school basketball season lasts 4 and a half months, from early November to mid-March. However not all weeks are the identical.
The non-conference portion of the schedule, which is vital to shaping the NCAA event choice course of, is just seven weeks lengthy.
Two of these weeks have handed, and Pac-12 is operating out of time to forestall a horrible end result.
For each high quality victory, there have been many embarrassing defeats.
On the identical day, Arizona State edged out Twentieth-place Michigan (by 25 factors), Colorado misplaced to Massachusetts, Utah stumbled in opposition to Sam Houston State, and Washington misplaced to Cal Baptist.
For each win in opposition to an SEC opponent, there are a number of losses for Southwestern Athletic Convention groups.
This is Washington State dropping by 10 factors to Boise State. There’s the state of Oregon, which is dropping to the state of Portland with a rating of 13.
This is UCLA dropping Baylor. Oregon loses to Houston.
Right here Cal loses… to everybody.
Two weeks later, the Pac-12 received simply 62.5% of out-of-conference video games (35-21) — far in need of the 70% that has traditionally matched the NCAA’s first rate submitting depend.
How does this evaluate to different energy conferences? brutally.
Massive Ten: 87.3%
Massive 12: 86 p.c
Massive East: 75.4 p.c
The convention has 5 weeks to take corrective motion.
To be trustworthy, we do not like his probabilities.
By way of energy…
1. Arizona (5-0)
Final week: 2
Outcomes: beat Utah Tech 104–77, Cincinnati 101–93 and San Diego State 87–70.
Remark: Meet the one-eyed group within the realm of the blind.
2. UCLA (3-2)
Final week: one
Outcomes: misplaced to Illinois 79–70 and Baylor 80–75.
Remark: Ultimately, the Bruins can be fantastic. However these early losses to premium rivals might decrease the ceiling for his or her NCAA seed.
3. Arizona State (5-1)
Final week: 9
Outcomes: beat Michigan 87-62 and Grambling 80-49
Subsequent: Meet the one group within the convention that does not settle for Cal and reap the rewards.
4. Oregon (2-2)
Final week: 4
Outcomes: misplaced to Houston 66-56
Remark: There is no disgrace in dropping to Houston, however the decisive nature of the loss underscores how a lot work stays to be achieved by Dana Altman’s revamped roster.
5. Colorado (3-3)
Final week: 3
Outcomes: misplaced to UMass 66–63, beat Texas A&M 103–75, misplaced to Boise State 68–55.
Remark: We have not seen a group (wherever) as unstable because the Buffs, who’ve a loss to Grambling and a win over Tennessee along with the outcomes listed above.
6. Utah (4-1)
Final week: 6
Outcomes: misplaced to Sam Houston 65-55, beat Georgia Institute of Know-how 68-64
Remark: Sam Houston’s consequence is not an entire abomination: the Bearkats opened the season with a win in Oklahoma. However nonetheless …
7. USC (3-1)
Final week: eight
Outcomes: beat Mount St. Mary 83-74
Remark: Somewhat than suggesting doom, a season-opening loss to Florida on the Gulf Coast is beginning to appear like an exception.
8. Oregon State (3-1)
Final week: 7
Outcomes: misplaced to Portland State 79-66
Remark: We determined to go away this place free.
9. Washington (3-1)
Final week: 5
Outcomes: misplaced to Cal Baptist 73-64
Remark: Not as unhealthy as dropping to Cal Berkeley.
10. Stanford (2-2)
Final week: ten
Outcomes: beat California Poly 80-43
Remark: Alternatively, Cardinal is among the few groups that do not need critical defeats. Once more, he would not have something remotely near a very good win.
11. Washington State (2-2)
Final week: eleven
Outcomes: beat Jap Washington 82-56
Remark: We have to remind followers that the early spherical of convention play begins subsequent week. Cougars go to Oregon and host Utah.
12. Cal (0-5)
Final week: 12
Outcomes: misplaced to Southern 74–66 and Texas State 59–55.
Remark: The Bears might have fired Mark Fox at any second, and Cal’s depressed followers would have been left questioning what took so rattling lengthy.
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