Pac-12 Hoops Saturday Night Update


Feb 22, 2014; Boulder, CO, USA; Colorado Buffaloes guard Jaron Hopkins (23) attempts against Arizona Wildcats guard Gabe York (1) in the first half at the Coors Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Kind of a quiet day in Ute sports other than a gymnastics win I’ll have more about for you early next week.

But it was an interesting day in Pac-12 basketball as there were two unlikely road wins.

Washington 86 Oregon St. 62

Washington went into Corvallis and blew out Oregon St.  Washington is such a strange ball club.  Just when I thought they might be left for dead and Oregon St. just might be looking tough, this happens.  The bottom half of the Pac-12 is a strange place.

Arizona 88 Colorado 61

Arizona after looking like a team that was struggling with Brandon Ashley and essentially survived in Salt Lake City, went into Colorado and just blew out the Buffaloes.  CU was a team looking like it had found itself after the Dinwiddie injury only to have this happen.  Arizona likely locked up the Pac-12 tonight.

Stanford 83 UCLA 74

And in the one game that looked like the best shot for a road win, UCLA falls to Stanford.  This loss puts UCLA two games back of Arizona, plus Arizona wins the tie breaker, essentially making it 3 games back with four to play.

There are three more games tomorrow.  Two will likely be blowouts as Washington St. is a Oregon and USC is at Cal.  The third is of course ASU at Utah.

I’ll talk more tomorrow but this game has me quite concerned for two reasons.  First Arizona St. can do things that frustrate Utah.  Second, Arizona St. got to attack this mountain road trip by going to Colorado on Wednesday and then not coming to Salt Lake until Sunday.  I think we’ll win but there are, shall we say, some red flags going up.

I’ll talk ASU-Utah specifics tomorrow.