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PAC-10 Power Rankings: Week Five

Posted by naterb on December 7, 2009

Most seasons if you lose a close game, you’re going to drop a spot or two in the conference power rankings. Most seasons if you get blown out on the road you’re going to drop in the power rankings as well. But this isn’t most seasons.

The PAC-10 is down a significant amount, there’s no question about it. It is down so much that losing on your home court to a team that finished ninth in the Big-12 actually solidifies a higher spot in the power rankings.  It’s still early, but things are certainly starting to take form in the conference. Read the rest of this entry »

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PAC-10 Power Rankings: Week Four

Posted by naterb on December 1, 2009

Last week I gave UCLA the benefit of the doubt in keeping them in the top half of the conference, but it appears as though I shouldn’t have. The Bruins are in bad shape with or without Dragovic and have taken the biggest hit in these rankings of the year dropping four spots this week.

The thing about all of this though, is you can pretty much throw all of it out the window once conference play starts. But we’ll go along pretending I have a clue as to what’s going on. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mauii Invitational Reduces Learning Curve

Posted by naterb on November 26, 2009

 Considering the match-ups, it is no surprise that the Wildcats went 1-2 in their stay in Mauii. But it wasn’t just run-of-the-mill basketball for the young squad. Arizona faced their toughest competition to date in Wisconsin and Vanderbilt, and managed to remain close to have a shot at the end. Read the rest of this entry »

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PAC-10 Power Rankings: Week 3

Posted by naterb on November 25, 2009

It has certainly been a bizzare week of PAC-10 basketball. With so many teams struggling out of the gate it not only looks like the PAC-10 is down, but it is way down. But as I said earlier, withhold your judgement. Afterall, do you really trust records that put Arizona State (4-0) as the top team in the conference?

That is the very reason I do the Power Rankings, because the quality of a team isn’t just in wins and losses… Read the rest of this entry »

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Special Preview: Mauii Invitational

Posted by naterb on November 21, 2009

If you’re so much of a basketball snob that the college hoops season doesn’t begin until the Mauii Invitational or NIT Season Tip-off, then you’ve missed out on a lot of quality games already.

But that’s no reason you can’t jump in and get excited about this week’s Mauii Invitational – the 26th Annual. I’m not going to bore you with the history of the tournament  – that wouldn’t be fun for you to read or even for me to write.  

The Tournament begins Monday and ends with the Championship game at 10 pm on Wednesday. The tournament continues to bring in quality teams as Arizona, Gonzaga, Maryland and Wisconsin highlight this year’s bracket – all of which have a legitimate shot at winning the tournament if the cards fall their way. Read the rest of this entry »

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Give it Time

Posted by naterb on November 20, 2009

On a far-too-regular basis I troll through the college basketball message boards on cbssports.com. While I have found individual team pages to boast fans that are both insightful and knowledgeable, I have found that the main college basketball message board touts more incompetent homers that jump to conclusions and attempt to deal with absolutes based upon a game or two than I can deal with.

We are just eleven days into the basketball season, and already the proclamations about the PAC-10 being inferior have begun. Sure, the PAC-10 has gone just 18-7 so far. Cal, the projected second team in the conference, has suffered a blow out loss to Syracuse. UCLA was beaten at home, and Oregon State is far worse than expected. Read the rest of this entry »

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PAC-10 Power Rankings: Week 2

Posted by naterb on November 19, 2009

**This week’s Power Rankings are only for the games THROUGH Sunday, November 15.**

It is still really early in the season, but there are a few things of note already, but really not much change in the power rankings this week. Just two major ones moves. Read the rest of this entry »

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Game Preview: Northern Arizona at Arizona

Posted by naterb on November 14, 2009

Miller will begin his time under the magnifying glass as Lute's successor Sunday against NAU.It’s Miller Time!

Despite a buffer of two interim coaches, Sean Miller will begin his tenure under the microscope as Lute’s successor.

During the off-season, he had a phenomenal recruiting class, which competes with some of Olson’s best classes, and guided the ‘Cats through a pair of exhibition games. But when it boils down to it, we all know the measurement coaches are judged by – winning games and making the NCAA Tournament.

Being that it is Miller’s first year in Tucson won’t exempt him from keeping the norm in Tucson. While fans are understanding and haven’t claimed that they demand the ‘Cats make the tournament this season, I don’t buy it. There is no question there will be severe grumblings if the consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance streak is snapped under his watch when interim coach Russ Pennell kept the streak alive despite having no head coaching experience. Read the rest of this entry »

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Opening Weekend Preview

Posted by naterb on November 11, 2009

As more writers join in, hopefully there will be team-by-team previews for either each week or game. But for now, here’s just a quick peek at the games this weekend.

At this point in the year, it is very rare to see a tough match-up for any school. After all, nobody wants to open their season with a loss, receive the proverbial “trial by fire,” or go against another top-tier program without some real game time under their belts.

That trend has not changed this year as the toughest game could be when Stanford travels to San Diego – and unfortunately that isn’t because San Diego is that good.

For some schools this may be the last chance you get at seeing the twelfth man on the roster. For others it will be nice to get a glimpse at the roster from top-to-bottom. Whatever the case may be, it is still interesting even if not suspenseful. Here’s a quick look at this week’s games. Read the rest of this entry »

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Arizona v Western New Mexico (ex)

Posted by naterb on November 11, 2009

As I mentioned yesterday, I was interested in the WNMU at Arizona game. I didn’t think the Mustangs had much of a chance, but I enjoyed the ties and storylines the game had for me.

Arizona walked away with a 96-55 win that shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. Without seeing the game, you can only glean so much information from the stat box and the recap by the Star. Most importantly, and intriguingly is that Fogg, being healthy still sat behind Lavender. Read the rest of this entry »

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