It’s Monday — time again to try making sense of this jumble . . .
– By Sunday night, at the halfway point of the Pac-10 schedule, Cal could find itself at 7-2 and at least two games ahead of the herd, or 5-4 and as far down as fifth place. More likely, somewhere between those two extremes.
– You can make the argument that the three Pac-10 teams with the best showing last week were Arizona, UCLA and Stanford . . . historically speaking, the Pac-10′s usual suspects. Among them, the Wildcats seem most likely to keep it going, with two home games this weekend.
– Still winless in six games played outside the city limits, Washington may be reaching the point where its best hope of reaching the NCAA Tournament is to petition that the Pac-10 tournament be moved to Seattle.
– The best freshman point guard in the state of Washington is not everyone’s preseason darling, Abdul Gaddy of UW, but WSU’s Reggie Moore. And he pays a visit to his hometown of Seattle on Saturday to remind everyone what they’re missing.
– I wasn’t convinced that Oregon’s Ernie Kent was a dead Duck walking . . . until this weekend’s lifeless performances by his team. If Mark Few says no — and doesn’t he always? — how about Steve Alford?
– Is Oregon center Michael Dunigan’s the league’s most under-achieving player? He looks terrific in brief spurts. But each time he got double-teammed at Cal it was as if he were seeing it for the first time. Man, he ought to be so good.
– The Pac-10 player of the year race is wide open. Jerome Randle has been off his game two of the past three times out; UW’s Quincy Pondexter is coming off a 1-for-10 shooting performance in a blowout loss at USC; and WSU’s Klay Thompson seemed to be playing better a month ago, before running into Pac-10 scouting reports. I’d lean toward Stanford’s Landry Fields right now, except you figure they’re going to lose at least three of four on these two road trips. Any ideas?
– Didn’t you used to be Roeland Schaftenaar? Oregon State’s senior center totaled five points on 2-for-11 shooting as the Beavers lost twice in the Bay Area. A year ago, he had 40 points on 16-for-26 shooting and OSU pulled off a sweep here.
– Wondering if ex-UW assistant Cameron Dollar will have his Seattle Redhawks go easier on the Huskies Tuesday night than they did in that 99-48 rout of Oregon State three weeks ago.
– If these things were possible, Cal would be putting in an order about now for a Thursday night appointment with the Arizona State team that allowed 77 points to Arizona, rather than the Sun Devils who surrendered more than 60 points in just one of 10 previous games.