Arizona: The Wildcats had risen all the way to 18th in the national rankings, but suffered their first loss of the season at the hands of No. 8 UCLA last Sunday. Arizona had won the prior games against USC and Arizona State to open Pac-12 play. Junior guard Aari McDonald has been great averaging over 20 points per contest as well as leading the team in assists and steals. This season will not be getting any easier soon as they host Oregon State Friday and Oregon on Sunday.
Arizona State: The Sun Devils had only two losses after playing their non-conference schedule, however, ASU has lost twice since conference play has begun, picking up their first Pac-12 win against USC Sunday. They look to keep the momentum going with a home stand against Oregon on Friday and Oregon State on Sunday.
California: It has been an uphill battle for the Bears this season and doesn’t look to get any easier soon. After losing a close game with Washington to open Pac-12 play, they lost convincingly to Washington State just a day later. Now they must face No. 5 Stanford twice in three days as they travel to Palo Alto Friday and host the Cardinal Sunday.
Colorado: Starting off the season 12-0, a lot of eyes were on Colorado as they opened conference play at Matthew Knight arena in Eugene. Unfortunately the caught the Ducks on the wrong day as they lost 104-46. Only to have to travel to Corvallis to play the Beavers the following game losing 72-60. The Buffaloes have a balanced scoring attack with three players averaging double figures. Next up they get a break hosting USC Friday only to have face UCLA on Sunday.
Oregon: Kelly Graves’ squad has looked like they mean all business this season. The trio of Sabrina Ionescu, Ruthy Hebard and Satou Sabally has looked unstoppable since suffering their lone loss Nov. 30. The 2nd ranked Ducks look to remain undefeated in conference play as they go on the road to face Arizona State Friday and the 18th ranked Arizona Wildcats Sunday.
Oregon State: With a lot of the national attention on the “other Oregon team” the Beavers take aim at a national championship also. Oregon State is undefeated and has won most contests by a large margin moving up to No. 3 in the polls. Mikayla Pivec is leading the team in minutes and is averaging a triple-double. Next up the Beavers hit the road for their first true test in the Pac-12 versus Arizona Friday and Arizona State Sunday.
Stanford: The Cardinal are ranked 5th in the country with only one loss this season. After picking up wins against Washington and Washington State by nearly identical scores last week they have a home and home matchup with California Friday and Sunday. Stanford has played excellent defense this season also out-rebounding opponents by nearly nine boards a game.
UCLA: The Bruins are 8th in the country and undefeated picking up three conference wins against; USC, Arizona State and Arizona. They look to keep climbing the rankings as they head into the mountains to play Utah Friday and Colorado Sunday. Japreece Dean and Michaela Onyenwere have been a dynamic duo with a combined average of thirty four points per game.
USC: With a 0-3 conference record, the Trojans are not where they would have hoped this season. They look to get the season on track as they go on the road at Colorado Friday and Utah on Sunday. This road trip could be the time to right the ship before playing a rough stretch ahead.
Utah: The rebuild in Salt Lake City has not been easy. After suffering road losses against the Oregon schools last week, the 7-7 Utes look to get back to winning ways as they are home for UCLA and USC Friday and Sunday.
Washington: The Huskies were 10-3 before suffering their worst loss of the season at the hands of Stanford last Sunday. After being predicted to finish in the middle of the Pac-12, Washington looked impressive suffering a couple close losses earlier in the year. Now the Huskies look to bounce back against rivals Washington State Saturday for the second time this season.
Washington State: As a team, the Cougars haven’t been all that impressive with an 8-7 overall record and 1-2 in league play, they do boast one of the best players in the Pac-12. Borislava Hristova became WSU’s all-time leading scorer with 1,986 career points in their 96-75 pounding of Cal in Berkeley last weekend. The Cougars return home this weekend to host Colorado on Friday and Utah on Sunday.
~ Shane Potter