Ranked Teams: None
Weekly Recap (for games ending January 2nd):
The Pac 12 enters 2012 with zero teams ranked in the Top 25. The leaders of the Pac are Stanford, California, and Washington, each of whom has won both of their conference games thus far. In the battle between northern and southern California, the northerners’ reigned supreme with Cal and Stanford defeating both USC and UCLA respectively. Last year’s regular season conference champion Arizona faced off with their rival Arizona State this weekend and it was all Wildcats from the get go. Jesse Perry led the way for Arizona with 16, who were up double digits most of the game and would end up winning 68-51. The Oregon Ducks split their first two conference games losing by 16 to a deep Washington team after lighting up Washington State 92-75. Their rivals in Corvallis were unable to have the same type of luck, getting swept by the Washington schools on the road. The Pac-12’s newest additions faced off and Colorado had the advantage all night, dominating to the tune of a 73-33 victory. The Pac 12 looks to be very balanced this season as the home team has won nine out of the first ten conference games so far.
The University of Washington finished 2011 strong by beating both Oregon schools handily. Freshman guard Tony Wroten was a major reason why, averaging 21.5 points 6.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists. The Seattle native was one of the best high school players in the nation last year and has played extensively for the Huskies. Wroten has been an offensive catalyst for Washington recently which has been a result of his decreased turnovers over the past few games. As Pac 12 play heats up look for Wroten and the Huskies to challenge for the conference title once again.
International Player of the Week:
In his final season with the Golden Bears, Jorge Gutierrez has stepped up his game and really come into his own. California welcomed UCLA and USC into town this week and Gutierrez turned in big time performances to help his team to victories in both games. The Cal guard averaged 14.5 points, 7.5 assists, 5.5 rebounds, and 3 steals against the southern California schools to help keep the Bears undefeated at Haas Pavilion this season.
This week the undefeated teams will all be tested as Cal and Stanford travel north to take on Oregon and Oregon State. The game of the week will likely be Washington at Colorado in what is sure to be a high scoring affair. USC and UCLA will both be looking for their first conference wins and will be welcoming their neighbors from Arizona who are up for the challenge.
This post was written by NetScouts Basketball Correspondent Michael Plesha and edited by Carl Berman.
Wikipedia: Jorge Gutiérrez Espinosa (born 18 September 1975 in Camagüey) is a former boxer from Cuba. →