Basketball: Where do Bears fit into Pac-12?

Clearly better than a season ago, Pac-12 Conference basketball still hasn’t made the case that it belongs with the elite.

Progress is obvious: Unbeaten Arizona is ranked No. 3 nationally and UCLA has won five in a row, including a victory Saturday against then-No. 7 Missouri.

A year after the Pac-12 went 0-11 in nonconference play against Top-25 opponents, the league is 6-14 vs. ranked teams.

But there also is evidence of lingering vulnerability: Pac-12 home losses to Towson State, Cal Poly, Albany, Sacramento State and Harvard.

“Arizona is very good,” Cal coach Mike Montgomery said. “UCLA is potentially very good. I think Oregon is legit.”

And the Bears, who were picked third in the Pac-12 preseason media poll?

“Until we get healthy,” Montgomery said, “we can’t say we’re with the upper echelon teams.”

Here’s how we envision the Pac-12 race unfolding:

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Jeff Faraudo

  • SteveNTexas

    5th place in weak conference-not impressive – let’s hope you’re wrong meanwhile let the excuses begin.

  • Juancho

    JEFF – when are you doing the end of year best of worst of post. I.e., the Bear Talk Blog Awards. I already picked out the baby blue tuxedo, alligator skin shoes, and cane I will be using. Not to mention my formal cape.

    Will – bring your rope.

  • gobears49


    If you do make the worst post award Juancho refers to, it would be great if you can include it, in quotes, in your comment, so everybody can read it.

  • gobears49


    It also would be great if you showed up at the beer party (can’t think of a better term) that Juancho will be organizing after Cal’s last spring football practice for commenters to your blog. I’m sure they would all like to meet you. We’d probably have to take up several tables at Pappy’s to hold everyone who wants to meet you and other fellow commenters to your blog.

  • Uh huh!

    Just don’t give juancho the mic or we may have to rent out hotel durant.

  • Juancho