Oregon stays down, Stanford goes up


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After another week of costly upheaval, Pac-12 Basketball faces the prospect of being a 3-candidate conference. Due to the gravity of the lower half of the conference so far, Washington state absolutely needed to win its non-conference and avoid as much upheaval as possible for the rest of the year.

Now the Cougs might need two to three wins over the conference top to have a solid shot at making the NCAA tournament. And as bad as a result of 3 nominations might seem right now, it’s worth noting how magnificent the conference summit is in the varsity basketball landscape. Only the Big 12 and the SEC have a better performance at the top of KenPom. This is where the Conference of Champions lines up the second week of December.

12. Washington (4-4, 0-1)

Last week: match canceled in Gonzaga due to Covid protocols
This week: Seattle

The Huskies were unable to test Covid protocols this week, canceling their clash against No. 5 Gonzaga. Maybe it’s for the best. The Huskies are looking to get back in the game against the Seattle Redhawks, who are just 6-point underdogs according to KenPom.

11. State of Oregon (1-8, 0-2)

Last week: game postponed against Sacramento State due to Covid protocols
This week: UC Davis, Texas A&M

The Castors are another team whose week of action is postponed due to COVID protocols. The team have several players sidelined by the virus, which rescheduled their game against Sacramento State for December 28. The Beavers have battled the top 100 teams so far this season, dropping an average of 13.3 points. Their offense also fell, falling in the bottom third in terms of shots on goal and three-point percentage.


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