The No. 7 Arizona Wildcats and No. 13 Utah Utes are sitting atop of everyone else in the Pac-12 conference and look to add a big win to their resumes with this game, which tips off at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN. Arizona is great, but terrible on the road. Utah is perfect at home this season. An upset in the making? Here’s what we think.
With the exception of the WCC and its trio of Gonzaga, St. Mary’s and BYU, many of the teams leading the mid-major and low-major conferences out West are relative unknowns. One team has won more games than it’s ever won at the Division I level. Another is leading the nation in scoring … while yet another has the nation’s leading scorer in Tyler Harvey, pictured above. Two teams are clear-cut favorites, while most of the others are battling for a shot at a coveted spot in the NCAA Tournament. As we head toward the final week of the regular season, here’s a primer to bring you up to speed before the conference tournaments get underway.
When taking a peek at the Pac-12 conference standings, two teams stand out from amongst the pack – Arizona and Utah. With a crushing win over Washington on Friday night, Arizona bounced back from its surprising loss to rival Arizona State on Feb. 7. It had a blistering win over conference rival Oregon – a team which also deserves some tournament consideration – and followed it up two days later with a win over Oregon State on January 28 and 30 respectively.
Utah, meanwhile, has solidified itself as the No. 2 team in the conference, despite being unable to perform well against nationally-ranked opponents.
And while Stanford was once in the NCAA Tournament discussion not too long ago, has it played its way into the NIT?
To forgo any speculation, here’s a look at the resumes of these three teams.