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Rising: Pac-12 basketball.

It’s not even early. It’s earlier than early. Three teams haven’t played. But the nine with results all have winning results.

The pressure’s on Cal, Washington State and Colorado, which play their openers over the next few days, to produce a 12-0 mark for the conference in season openers.

That hasn’t happened since Nov. 2012.

Five years in a row, at least one team started 0-1. A few of the losses have been to elite opponents in neutral-site tournaments (Arizona against Michigan State, for example), but several have been to teams you’d expect the Pac-12 to beat.

The Hotline is tracking non-conference results closely this season … a bit closer than in past seasons … because of the impact they have on NCAA tournament selections and the desperate need for the Pac-12 to send a respectable number of teams into the at-large field.

Beating quality opponents matters greatly to that process. So does avoiding bad losses.

The latter hasn’t been so easy in the past, even in Game No. 1.

So far, so good.

(For a full roundup of the openers, check the Hotline on Tuesday for our first set of Pac-12 power ratings.)

Rising: Pac-12 freshmen.

The results on the court thus far, and all those to come, will be closely tied to the play of the Pac-12’s stellar freshman class.

In that regard, the openers provided a glimpse of the rookies’ potential impact.

Quick rundown:

The two highly-touted big men, Oregon’s Bol Bol and UCLA’s Moses Brown, lived up to expectations: Bol had 12 points and 12 rebounds; Brown produced 19 and 17 for the Bruins.

The guards were terrific, as well: Arizona State’s Luguentz Dort scored 28 points and added nine rebounds in a double-overtime victory over CSU-Fullerton, while Arizona’s Brandon Williams had 13 and five …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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