Sun Devils Open First Pac-12 Road Trip at Oregon


Good news: The Arizona State Sun Devils (probably? hopefully?) can’t possibly play worse than they did in Wednesday’s loss to the Washington State Cougars. 

ASU was humiliated from start to finish, scoring just 29 points over the course of two halves, including a mere 10 points at halftime. 

The last time Arizona State scored only 10 points in a half was on Feb. 25, 2016, when they trailed Utah 44-10 at halftime.

The 29 total points scored by the Sun Devils was the lowest amount of points Arizona State has scored in the shot-clock era, as we have to travel back nearly 80 full years to see the last time the Sun Devils scored less points in a complete game.



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Pac-12 Announces Full Men’s Basketball Schedule With Tip-Times, TV


BOULDER – The Pac-12 Conference has completed the 2021-22 University of Colorado men’s basketball schedule with dates for the final 18 league games.

In addition, tip-times and television partner designations were announced for the majority of the Buffaloes’ schedule.

All but three of Colorado’s 31 regular season games are scheduled to air on either the Pac-12 Networks, FS1, ESPN2 or ESPNU. The Buffaloes will play 10 games against seven different teams that appeared in the 2021 NCAA Tournament. All seven will visit the CU Events Center in addition to road games at UCLA, Oregon and Oregon State.

Colorado’s three games at the Paradise Jam will streamed on ESPN3.

Colorado will begin the main block of its Pac-12 schedule at Oregon on Thursday, Dec. 30 (9 p.m. MT, Pac-12 Network). The Buffaloes will ring in the New Year on Saturday, Jan. 1, at Oregon State (6:30 p.m., Pac-12 Network) in a rematch of the 2021 Pac-12 Tournament championship game.

As previously announced with the Pac-12’s weekly pairings, Colorado will alternate two games home, two games away, each week of the conference season with one exception. The Buffaloes will have one three-game homestand the first two weeks of February, hosting Oregon (Thursday, Feb. 3, 8 p.m., FS1), Oregon State (Saturday, Feb. 5, TBA, FS1) and Utah (Saturday, Feb. 12, 6 p.m., Pac-12 Network).

Colorado will play a Thursday-Saturday schedule throughout conference play with two exceptions. The Buffaloes will play two Thursday-Sunday sets with both involving the Washington schools. Colorado hosts Washington State (Thursday, Jan. 6, 7 p.m., ESPN2/U) in its first home Pac-12 game after the New Year and follows with Washington (Sunday, Jan. 9, 3 p.m., ESPN2/U).  The script flips three weeks later with Colorado traveling to Washington (Thursday, Jan. 27, 9 p.m., Pac-12 Network) and then visiting Washington State (Sunday, Jan. 30, 8 p.m., FS1).

Colorado’s early season conference games are both set for the Pac-12 Network. The Buffaloes host Stanford on Sunday, Nov. 28, at 5 p.m. and travel to UCLA on Wednesday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m.

The Buffaloes will officially tip off the season against Montana State on Tuesday, Nov. 9, at the CU Events Center (8 p.m., Pac-12 Network). That game begins a slate of eight home nonconference games, highlighted by match ups with Tennessee on Saturday, Dec. 4 (12 p.m., FS1) and Kansas on Tuesday, Dec. 21 (7 p.m., ESPN2).

Colorado will play two exhibition games prior to the season-opener against Montana State. The Buffaloes will host Colorado School of Mines on Wednesday, Oct. 27, at the CU Events Center. Colorado will play at Nebraska in a charity exhibition game on Sunday, Oct. 31, at 10 a.m. MT.

Secure your seats for what promises to be another exciting season of CU Buffs basketball.  Season tickets start at only $240 per seat for reserved seating and includes all 18 home games highlighted by visits from Tennessee, Kansas and a loaded Pac-12 slate.  Get your season tickets today by clicking here or by calling 303-492-8282.

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Pac-12 Announces Full Men’s Basketball Schedule With Tip-Times, TV


BOULDER – The Pac-12 Conference has completed the 2021-22 University of Colorado men’s basketball schedule with dates for the final 18 league games.

In addition, tip-times and television partner designations were announced for the majority of the Buffaloes’ schedule.

All but three of Colorado’s 31 regular season games are scheduled to air on either the Pac-12 Networks, FS1, ESPN2 or ESPNU. The Buffaloes will play 10 games against seven different teams that appeared in the 2021 NCAA Tournament. All seven will visit the CU Events Center in addition to road games at UCLA, Oregon and Oregon State.

Colorado’s three games at the Paradise Jam will streamed on ESPN3.

Colorado will begin the main block of its Pac-12 schedule at Oregon on Thursday, Dec. 30 (9 p.m. MT, Pac-12 Network). The Buffaloes will ring in the New Year on Saturday, Jan. 1, at Oregon State (6:30 p.m., Pac-12 Network) in a rematch of the 2021 Pac-12 Tournament championship game.

As previously announced with the Pac-12’s weekly pairings, Colorado will alternate two games home, two games away, each week of the conference season with one exception. The Buffaloes will have one three-game homestand the first two weeks of February, hosting Oregon (Thursday, Feb. 3, 8 p.m., FS1), Oregon State (Saturday, Feb. 5, TBA, FS1) and Utah (Saturday, Feb. 12, 6 p.m., Pac-12 Network).

Colorado will play a Thursday-Saturday schedule throughout conference play with two exceptions. The Buffaloes will play two Thursday-Sunday sets with both involving the Washington schools. Colorado hosts Washington State (Thursday, Jan. 6, 7 p.m., ESPN2/U) in its first home Pac-12 game after the New Year and follows with Washington (Sunday, Jan. 9, 3 p.m., ESPN2/U).  The script flips three weeks later with Colorado traveling to Washington (Thursday, Jan. 27, 9 p.m., Pac-12 Network) and then visiting Washington State (Sunday, Jan. 30, 8 p.m., FS1).

Colorado’s early season conference games are both set for the Pac-12 Network. The Buffaloes host Stanford on Sunday, Nov. 28, at 5 p.m. and travel to UCLA on Wednesday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m.

The Buffaloes will officially tip off the season against Montana State on Tuesday, Nov. 9, at the CU Events Center (8 p.m., Pac-12 Network). That game begins a slate of eight home nonconference games, highlighted by match ups with Tennessee on Saturday, Dec. 4 (12 p.m., FS1) and Kansas on Tuesday, Dec. 21 (7 p.m., ESPN2).

Colorado will play two exhibition games prior to the season-opener against Montana State. The Buffaloes will host Colorado School of Mines on Wednesday, Oct. 27, at the CU Events Center. Colorado will play at Nebraska in a charity exhibition game on Sunday, Oct. 31, at 10 a.m. MT.

Secure your seats for what promises to be another exciting season of CU Buffs basketball.  Season tickets start at only $240 per seat for reserved seating and includes all 18 home games highlighted by visits from Tennessee, Kansas and a loaded Pac-12 slate.  Get your season tickets today by clicking here or by calling 303-492-8282.

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Pac-12 policy on COVID once again favors Oregon at USC’s expense


Instant reaction to Pac-12 developments on and off the court …

1. Oregon’s living right

Three months later, history has repeated atop the Pac-12: USC’s frustrated, Oregon’s sitting pretty, and conference policy is under fire.

In December, Oregon finished second in the North but was elevated into the Pac-12 championship game after Washington couldn’t play because of COVID.

Now, the Ducks are on the brink of the No. 1 seed despite playing fewer games.

In December, USC was left fuming as a division winner forced to play on a short week against a rested runner-up.

Now, USC (and UCLA) are frustrated that Oregon postponed two games against the Bruins but played a makeup at home on the final week of the season.

It sure seems like Pac-12 policy has been crafted to favor the Ducks, twice.

The Hotline is here to lend clarity and context, because the situations are not identical in any form or fashion.

In December, the conference office was guilty on all counts of mismanagement:

It elevated a runner-up that had two weeks of rest into the championship game to face a division winner playing on a short week that had earned the opportunity.

That was wrong every which way. The Ducks didn’t deserve the chance, USC had every right to be irate, we criticized  the conference for its decision, and ESPN rendered its verdict by mocking the Pac-12 on bowl selection day.

So that’s the launch point from which we’re viewing the basketball issue.

And here’s our conclusion:

The conference didn’t screw up this time, didn’t favor Oregon unfairly and didn’t put the Bruins or Trojans at a competitive disadvantage.

The Ducks do deserve the opportunity to play for the No. 1 seed Sunday in Corvallis.

And the Los Angeles schools — for UCLA is neck-deep in this, too — have far, far less reason to stew than USC did in December.

Now, let’s dig in …

2. The backstory

As many fans might know, UCLA and Oregon were scheduled to play Dec. 23 in Eugene, only to have the game  postponed because of COVID testing issues with the officials.

A makeup date was set for Jan. 19, but the Ducks were unable to play because of a COVID pause.

They also canceled a three-game swing through Los Angeles in late January (one game at USC, two at UCLA) because of a second COVID pause.

Hoping to match two of its best teams, the conference eventually arranged for the Ducks and Bruins to collide this week, slotting the game Wednesday in Eugene.

Oregon’s victory vaulted it into first place, one win (Sunday) from clinching the top seed, and the Bruins were left to simmer.

Now, here’s what you might not know:

— The Ducks went on COVID pause one week before the first makeup with UCLA (Jan. 19 in Eugene).

At the time, coach Dana Altman agreed to play two games in Pauley Pavilion during an upcoming trip:

The first, on Jan. 28, was the Ducks’ originally scheduled visit; the second, on Feb. 1, was the makeup from Jan. 19.

That’s right: Altman agreed to give up a home game against UCLA and play it on the road, as part of a three-games-in-five-days gauntlet in L.A.

And he agreed to it knowing full well that point guard Will Richardson might not be back from a thumb injury.

The Ducks spent 10 days on pause, lost to Oregon State and then had to pause again before the L.A. trip.

(All COVID test results are confirmed by university medical personnel and reported to the conference office.)

— And here’s what else you might not know: The Pac-12 planned for just such a scenario.

According to multiple sources, all makeup dates offered by the conference by Feb. 15 required mutual consent by the teams involved; but after Feb. 15, the conference could dictate the schedule.

How did policy become reality? Here we go (per the sources) …

Following the postponement of the UCLA-Oregon game in Pauley on Feb. 1 — again, that was originally’s Oregon’s home game — the conference discussed with the Ducks and Bruins two Monday dates in the middle of February for a makeup game in Eugene.

Neither worked for the Bruins.

At that point, Oregon agreed to jam a trip to USC into its schedule on Monday, Feb. 22 — the makeup of the postponed Jan. 30 date. (The Ducks would get slaughtered in the Galen Center.)

But once Feb. 15 arrived, the conference took control of rescheduling and slotted UCLA-Oregon for this week in Eugene,  in an attempt to balance out the number of home-road games.

Had UCLA agreed to play in Eugene on Feb. 22, our reading of the schedule indicates that a window would have opened this week for the teams to play in L.A., giving UCLA the home game against Oregon that it wanted all along.

3. Blame game: canceled

Vital point on the scenario outlined above: UCLA didn’t take either of the mid-February Monday games in Eugene because they weren’t best for the program — there were travel and academic conflicts — and that’s fine.

This is a crazy season with challenges on numerous fronts for each team.

There is no blame to be assigned anywhere.

— That includes the Ducks:

Altman was willing to give up a home game and play twice in Pauley without his point guard.

He then agreed to play at USC on a Monday in advance of a trip to the Bay Area — all of which forced Oregon into three road games in six days and seven total games in 14 days.

— And that includes the conference office:

The Pac-12 gave UCLA options that, if taken, could have avoided the very scenario that has left the Bruins and Trojans frustrated this week.

Granted, they were not good options — we should be completely clear on that. But this is the season of bad options.

We get that the L.A. schools are frustrated. The Ducks might win the conference while playing two fewer games. (Of course, out one of those two could have been made up.)

From our vantage point, Altman did everything possible to play as many games as possible, and the conference office did its best to be fair to all involved.

What’s more, USC’s football team faced a clear, egregious competitive disadvantage in the championship game:

The Trojans were play on back-to-back short weeks (Sunday, then Saturday, then Friday), while the Ducks had two weeks to rest.

But there was no such imbalance when the Ducks and Bruins met in Eugene on Wednesday.

The Bruins played the previous Saturday at Colorado, flew home for a few days, then headed to Eugene.

But Oregon played in Berkeley on Saturday, then faced Arizona on Monday — an 11-point victory in which their top-three players all played at least 35 minutes.

I’m not sure which is more difficult:

A Saturday road game followed by a Wednesday road game … or a Saturday road game followed by a Monday home game, then a Wednesday home game.

But I know that situation is nothing like what happened in football.

Also, this is for a seed, that was for a championship.

4. The final tally

Overall, we give the Pac-12 office high marks for resourcefulness and the coaches kudos for flexibility.

Assuming the Ducks and Beavers tip off as scheduled on Sunday, the conference will end up playing 116 of the 120 games on the original league schedule.

That’s 96.7 percent — a remarkable feat considering the extent of COVID spread during the season, particularly December and January, and the demands of contact tracing and quarantine protocols at the local levels.

The teams were willing to play three games per week and, crucially, the conference had options for creating windows for makeup games in the final weeks.

In other words: Pac-12 basketball was the antithesis of Pac-12 football.

(Because the presidents waited so long to decide on the football restart — then insisted everyone move together on Nov. 7 — there was zero margin for error.)

The percentage of basketball games played by the Pac-12 compares favorably to its Power Six peers, according to data from the Wichita Eagle:

Big Ten: 97.1 percent (of league games played)
Pac-12: 96.7 percent
Big 12: 94.4 percent
SEC: 92.1 percent
Big East: 87.3 percent
ACC: 81.3 percent

In that regard, as well, Pac-12 basketball was the antithesis of Pac-12 football.

5. Matchups at T-Mobile

Where do we stand with one day remaining?

USC’s last-second victory this afternoon in Pauley Pavilion creates the following two scenarios for the tournament pairings:





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Pac-12 policy on COVID once again favors Oregon at USC’s expense


Instant reaction to Pac-12 developments on and off the court …

1. Oregon’s living right

Three months later, history has repeated atop the Pac-12: USC’s frustrated, Oregon’s sitting pretty, and conference policy is under fire.

In December, Oregon finished second in the North but was elevated into the Pac-12 championship game after Washington couldn’t play because of COVID.

Now, the Ducks are on the brink of the No. 1 seed despite playing fewer games.

In December, USC was left fuming as a division winner forced to play on a short week against a rested runner-up.

Now, USC (and UCLA) are frustrated that Oregon postponed two games against the Bruins but played a makeup at home on the final week of the season.

It sure seems like Pac-12 policy has been crafted to favor the Ducks, twice.

The Hotline is here to lend clarity and context, because the situations are not identical in any form or fashion.

In December, the conference office was guilty on all counts of mismanagement:

It elevated a runner-up that had two weeks of rest into the championship game to face a division winner playing on a short week that had earned the opportunity.

That was wrong every which way. The Ducks didn’t deserve the chance, USC had every right to be irate, we criticized  the conference for its decision, and ESPN rendered its verdict by mocking the Pac-12 on bowl selection day.

So that’s the launch point from which we’re viewing the basketball issue.

And here’s our conclusion:

The conference didn’t screw up this time, didn’t favor Oregon unfairly and didn’t put the Bruins or Trojans at a competitive disadvantage.

The Ducks do deserve the opportunity to play for the No. 1 seed Sunday in Corvallis.

And the Los Angeles schools — for UCLA is neck-deep in this, too — have far, far less reason to stew than USC did in December.

Now, let’s dig in …

2. The backstory

As many fans might know, UCLA and Oregon were scheduled to play Dec. 23 in Eugene, only to have the game  postponed because of COVID testing issues with the officials.

A makeup date was set for Jan. 19, but the Ducks were unable to play because of a COVID pause.

They also canceled a three-game swing through Los Angeles in late January (one game at USC, two at UCLA) because of a second COVID pause.

Hoping to match two of its best teams, the conference eventually arranged for the Ducks and Bruins to collide this week, slotting the game Wednesday in Eugene.

Oregon’s victory vaulted it into first place, one win (Sunday) from clinching the top seed, and the Bruins were left to simmer.

Now, here’s what you might not know:

— The Ducks went on COVID pause one week before the first makeup with UCLA (Jan. 19 in Eugene).

At the time, coach Dana Altman agreed to play two games in Pauley Pavilion during an upcoming trip:

The first, on Jan. 28, was the Ducks’ originally scheduled visit; the second, on Feb. 1, was the makeup from Jan. 19.

That’s right: Altman agreed to give up a home game against UCLA and play it on the road, as part of a three-games-in-five-days gauntlet in L.A.

And he agreed to it knowing full well that point guard Will Richardson might not be back from a thumb injury.

The Ducks spent 10 days on pause, lost to Oregon State and then had to pause again before the L.A. trip.

(All COVID test results are confirmed by university medical personnel and reported to the conference office.)

— And here’s what else you might not know: The Pac-12 planned for just such a scenario.

According to multiple sources, all makeup dates offered by the conference by Feb. 15 required mutual consent by the teams involved; but after Feb. 15, the conference could dictate the schedule.

How did policy become reality? Here we go (per the sources) …

Following the postponement of the UCLA-Oregon game in Pauley on Feb. 1 — again, that was originally’s Oregon’s home game — the conference discussed with the Ducks and Bruins two Monday dates in the middle of February for a makeup game in Eugene.

Neither worked for the Bruins.

At that point, Oregon agreed to jam a trip to USC into its schedule on Monday, Feb. 22 — the makeup of the postponed Jan. 30 date. (The Ducks would get slaughtered in the Galen Center.)

But once Feb. 15 arrived, the conference took control of rescheduling and slotted UCLA-Oregon for this week in Eugene,  in an attempt to balance out the number of home-road games.

Had UCLA agreed to play in Eugene on Feb. 22, our reading of the schedule indicates that a window would have opened this week for the teams to play in L.A., giving UCLA the home game against Oregon that it wanted all along.

3. Blame game: canceled

Vital point on the scenario outlined above: UCLA didn’t take either of the mid-February Monday games in Eugene because they weren’t best for the program — there were travel and academic conflicts — and that’s fine.

This is a crazy season with challenges on numerous fronts for each team.

There is no blame to be assigned anywhere.

— That includes the Ducks:

Altman was willing to give up a home game and play twice in Pauley without his point guard.

He then agreed to play at USC on a Monday in advance of a trip to the Bay Area — all of which forced Oregon into three road games in six days and seven total games in 14 days.

— And that includes the conference office:

The Pac-12 gave UCLA options that, if taken, could have avoided the very scenario that has left the Bruins and Trojans frustrated this week.

Granted, they were not good options — we should be completely clear on that. But this is the season of bad options.

We get that the L.A. schools are frustrated. The Ducks might win the conference while playing two fewer games. (Of course, out one of those two could have been made up.)

From our vantage point, Altman did everything possible to play as many games as possible, and the conference office did its best to be fair to all involved.

What’s more, USC’s football team faced a clear, egregious competitive disadvantage in the championship game:

The Trojans were play on back-to-back short weeks (Sunday, then Saturday, then Friday), while the Ducks had two weeks to rest.

But there was no such imbalance when the Ducks and Bruins met in Eugene on Wednesday.

The Bruins played the previous Saturday at Colorado, flew home for a few days, then headed to Eugene.

But Oregon played in Berkeley on Saturday, then faced Arizona on Monday — an 11-point victory in which their top-three players all played at least 35 minutes.

I’m not sure which is more difficult:

A Saturday road game followed by a Wednesday road game … or a Saturday road game followed by a Monday home game, then a Wednesday home game.

But I know that situation is nothing like what happened in football.

Also, this is for a seed, that was for a championship.

4. The final tally

Overall, we give the Pac-12 office high marks for resourcefulness and the coaches kudos for flexibility.

Assuming the Ducks and Beavers tip off as scheduled on Sunday, the conference will end up playing 116 of the 120 games on the original league schedule.

That’s 96.7 percent — a remarkable feat considering the extent of COVID spread during the season, particularly December and January, and the demands of contact tracing and quarantine protocols at the local levels.

The teams were willing to play three games per week and, crucially, the conference had options for creating windows for makeup games in the final weeks.

In other words: Pac-12 basketball was the antithesis of Pac-12 football.

(Because the presidents waited so long to decide on the football restart — then insisted everyone move together on Nov. 7 — there was zero margin for error.)

The percentage of basketball games played by the Pac-12 compares favorably to its Power Six peers, according to data from the Wichita Eagle:

Big Ten: 97.1 percent (of league games played)
Pac-12: 96.7 percent
Big 12: 94.4 percent
SEC: 92.1 percent
Big East: 87.3 percent
ACC: 81.3 percent

In that regard, as well, Pac-12 basketball was the antithesis of Pac-12 football.

5. Matchups at T-Mobile

Where do we stand with one day remaining?

USC’s last-second victory this afternoon in Pauley Pavilion creates the following two scenarios for the tournament pairings:





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WSU women ready to tip-off Pac-12 Tournament against Utah


The Washington State women’s basketball program hasn’t been to the NCAA Tournament since 1991. This season, the Cougs are on the verge of breaking that streak. But they still have work to do before they get invited to the dance.

Right now, WSU is firmly on the NCAA Tournament bubble. ESPN’s Charlie Creme has the Cougs as one of the last four teams in the projection, listing them as an 11-seed in the field. College Sports Madness, meanwhile, has WSU a little more secure, listing them as a 9-seed.

No matter what the bracketology says, the Cougs would much rather take things into their own hands.

They have the chance to do just that this week at the Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas. The Cougs earned the 7-seed at the event, matching their highest seed in program history. They’ll hit the court for first round action tonight when they take on 10th seeded Utah tonight in a game WSU likely needs to win to keep their NCAA Tournament hopes alive.

The Utes enter tonight’s game with serious question marks. The team had to cancel their last game against Colorado last week due to COVID-19 issues. While they have been cleared to travel to Las Vegas and plan to play tonight, they will be without several players due to health and safety protocols. For obvious reasons, the program has declined to announce which players will be out of action.

It is worth pointing out that, according to conference policy, if the Utes had been forced to withdraw from the Tournament over the weekend, the remaining teams would have been re-seeded. However, the bracket became locked-in on Tuesday, meaning that if Utah (or any other team) is unable to play, their opponent will receive a bye into the next round.

For now, the Cougs are focused Utah. The two teams have faced off twice this season, with Washington State coming out on top both times. WSU picked up a 79-74 win in Salt Lake City on New Year’s day. Then, on February 21, the Cougars completed the sweep with a 68-55 win in Pullman. Pac-12 freshman of the year Charlisse Leger-Walker led the way for WSU in both games, combining for 55 points in the two victories.

She’ll look to lead her team to another win when WSU starts postseason play tonight against Utah. Tip off is set for 5 p.m. tonight in Las Vegas. You can watch it over on the Pac-12 Network.

Cougs Open the Pac-12 Tournament this Wednesday vs. Utah – Washington State University Athletics
LAS VEGAS – The Washington State women’s basketball team begins its run in the 2021 Pac-12 Tournament, presented by New York Life, this Wednesday, March 3, as the No. 7-seeded Cougars take on No. 10 seed Utah. Tip-off from the Michelob ULTRA Arena is set for 5 p.m. PT and will air live on Pac-12 Network.

Seventh-seeded Washington State to open Pac-12 Tournament against 10th-seeded Utah | The Spokesman-Review
While many bracketologists already have Washington State penciled into the 2021 NCAA Tournament field, Kamie Ethridge and the Cougars still have another opportunity to make sure they’ll be playing meaningful basketball two weeks from now.

Utah women’s hoops will play in Pac-12 Tournament after COVID scare, but will do so short-handed
The University of Utah women’s basketball team had a COVID-19 scare, but will play in the Pac-12 Tournament beginning Wednesday against Washington State in Las Vegas.

Olympic Dreams: WSU’s Leger-Walker sisters shoot for the Olympics | king5.com
The Leger-Walker sisters are working to get the WSU Cougars back in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1991.

Washington State to play six of first eight games at home during 2021 football season | The Spokesman-Review
Fans will get to see Washington State three times at Martin Stadium within the first month of the 2021 football season and six times before November, but the Cougars will face a challenging stretch of road games near the end of the slate, culminating as always with the Apple Cup rivalry.

2021 Pac-12 football schedule release: Team-by-team analysis
Which teams drew the toughest assignments (Stanford and Colorado)? Which have the easiest roads (ASU and Utah)? Did anyone get hosed (Washington and UCLA)? We broke it all down.

WSU-Seattle U Weekend Series Moved to Pullman – Washington State University Athletics
The Cougars will host Seattle U this weekend.

Soccer to pause due to Covid-19 Protocol – Washington State University Athletics
Due to protocols the Cougs have less than the minimum number of required student-athletes available for competition.



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Utah women’s hoops will play in Pac-12 Tournament after COVID scare, but will do so short-handed


Tenth-seeded Utah will face No. 7 seed Washington State on Wednesday night in Las Vegas

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Utes head coach Lynne Roberts gives instructions to her players, in PAC-12 basketball action between the Utah Utes and the Stanford Cardinals at the Jon M. Huntsman Center, Friday, February 14, 2020.

After its play in the Pac-12 Tournament this week was put in doubt on Sunday, the University of Utah women’s basketball team will participate in the event, albeit short-handed.

An athletic department spokesperson on Monday afternoon told The Salt Lake Tribune that, after contact tracing and testing in the wake of Sunday’s regular-season finale was canceled due to COVID-19, the 10th-seeded Utes will travel to Las Vegas on Tuesday ahead of a first-round contest against No. 7 seed Washington State on Wednesday at Michelob Ultra Arena (6 p.m., Pac-12 Networks).

The same spokesperson told The Tribune that Utah will play without a full roster, but declined to elaborate on how many players will be available.

Sunday morning, less than two hours before the Utes’ regular-season finale was scheduled to tip off against Colorado at the Huntsman Center, the athletic department announced the game was canceled due to COVID-19 issues within the Utah program.

The news release gave no indication of a program pause or shutdown, but the timing of the cancellation put Utah’s postseason in doubt.

Utes head coach Lynne Roberts said last week on a Zoom call with reporters that the Utes would travel to Las Vegas on Monday. Travel has been backed up to Tuesday in the wake of the COVID issues.

The Pac-12 previously announced that in the event one or more teams cannot play in the conference tournament, the bracket will be modified and the remaining teams reseeded. The bracket will become final on Tuesday at noon. If a team needs to drop out after Tuesday at noon, the bracket will not be modified and the opponent of the team dropping out will receive a bye into the next round of the tournament.



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Utah women’s hoops will play in Pac-12 Tournament after COVID scare, but will do so shorthanded


Tenth-seeded Utan will face No. 7 seed Washington State on Wednesday night in Las Vegas

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Utes head coach Lynne Roberts gives instructions to her players, in PAC-12 basketball action between the Utah Utes and the Stanford Cardinals at the Jon M. Huntsman Center, Friday, February 14, 2020.

After its play in the Pac-12 Tournament this week was put in doubt on Sunday, the University of Utah women’s basketball team will participate in the event, albeit shorthanded.

An athletic department spokesperson on Monday afternoon told The Salt Lake Tribune that, after contact tracing and testing in the wake of Sunday’s regular-season finale was canceled due to COVID-19, the 10th-seeded Utes will travel to Las Vegas on Tuesday ahead of a first-round contest against No. 7 seed Washington State on Wednesday at Michelob Ultra Arena (6 p.m., Pac-12 Networks).

The same spokesperson told The Tribune that Utah will play without a full roster, but declined to elaborate on how many players will be available.

Sunday morning, less than two hours before the Utes’ regular-season finale was scheduled to tip off against Colorado at the Huntsman Center, the athletic department announced the game was canceled due to COVID-19 issues within the Utah program.

The news release gave no indication of a program pause or shutdown, but the timing of the cancellation put Utah’s postseason in doubt.

Utes head coach Lynne Roberts said last week on a Zoom call with reporters that the Utes would travel to Las Vegas on Monday. Travel has been backed up to Tuesday in the wake of the COVID issues.

The Pac-12 previously announced that in the event one or more teams cannot play in the conference tournament, the bracket will be modified and the remaining teams reseeded. The bracket will become final on Tuesday at noon. If a team needs to drop out after Tuesday at noon, the bracket will not be modified and the opponent of the team dropping out will receive a bye into the next round of the tournament.



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Utah women’s hoops regular-season finale canceled due to COVID-19; Pac-12 Tournament participation in doubt


The Utes were scheduled to play Colorado on Sunday afternoon at the Huntsman Center.

(Rick Bowmer | AP file photo) Utah guard Niyah Becker (14) shoots a foul shot in the second half during an NCAA college basketball game against Stanford on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, in Salt Lake City. Sunday morning, less than two hours before the Utes’ regular-season finale was scheduled to tip off against Colorado at the Huntsman Center, the athletic department announced the game was canceled due to COVID-19 issues within the Utah program.

The University of Utah women’s basketball team’s regular season is over, and its participation in the Pac-12 Tournament later this week is now in doubt.

Sunday morning, less than two hours before the Utes’ regular-season finale was scheduled to tip off against Colorado at the Huntsman Center, the athletic department announced the game was canceled due to COVID-19 issues within the Utah program.

The news release gave no indication of a program pause or shutdown, but the timing of the cancellation puts Utah’s postseason in doubt. The Utes are locked into the No. 10 seed at the Pac-12 Tournament, which begins Wednesday at Michelob Ultra Arena, formerly Mandalay Bay Events Center.

After the cancelation announcement, Utah provided a short statement to The Salt Lake Tribune regarding the Pac-12 Tournament.

“A decision regarding the Pac-12 Tournament has not been determined yet. We are in the preliminary contact-tracing process and updates will be made available at a later time.”

Utah’s travel timeline to Las Vegas this week is still under consideration.

The Pac-12 previously announced that in the event one or more teams cannot play in the conference tournament, the bracket will be modified and the remaining teams reseeded. The bracket will become final on Tuesday at noon. If a team needs to drop out after Tuesday at noon, the bracket will not be modified and the opponent of the team dropping out will receive a bye into the next round of the tournament.



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Utah women’s hoops regular-season finale canceled due to COVID-19; Pac-12 Tournament participation in doubt


The Utes were scheduled to play Colorado on Sunday afternoon at the Huntsman Center.

(Rick Bowmer | AP file photo) Utah guard Niyah Becker (14) shoots a foul shot in the second half during an NCAA college basketball game against Stanford on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, in Salt Lake City. Sunday morning, less than two hours before the Utes’ regular-season finale was scheduled to tip off against Colorado at the Huntsman Center, the athletic department announced the game was canceled due to COVID-19 issues within the Utah program.

The University of Utah women’s basketball team’s regular season is over, and its participation in the Pac-12 Tournament later this week is now in doubt.

Sunday morning, less than two hours before the Utes’ regular-season finale was scheduled to tip off against Colorado at the Huntsman Center, the athletic department announced the game was canceled due to COVID-19 issues within the Utah program.

The news release gave no indication of a program pause or shutdown, but the timing of the cancellation puts Utah’s postseason in doubt. The Utes are locked into the No. 10 seed at the Pac-12 Tournament, which begins Wednesday at Michelob Ultra Arena, formerly Mandalay Bay Events Center.

After the cancelation announcement, Utah provided a short statement to The Salt Lake Tribune regarding the Pac-12 Tournament.

“A decision regarding the Pac-12 Tournament has not been determined yet. We are in the preliminary contact-tracing process and updates will be made available at a later time.”

Utah’s travel timeline to Las Vegas this week is still under consideration.

The Pac-12 previously announced that in the event one or more teams cannot play in the conference tournament, the bracket will be modified and the remaining teams reseeded. The bracket will become final on Tuesday at noon. If a team needs to drop out after Tuesday at noon, the bracket will not be modified and the opponent of the team dropping out will receive a bye into the next round of the tournament.



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