Five men's basketball games to watch on Pac-12 Networks in 2013-14
The Pac-12 men’s basketball season is set to begin in about two months. And according to Tuesday’s announcement, we’re going to see 150 men's basketball games on the Pac-12 Networks. Put that news in the Shining Moments category as Beavers, Dawgs, ‘Cats, Bears and every other Pac-12 team will be getting buckets on a TV near you. Or on a desktop, tablet or phone if you’re jamming Pac-12 Now.
Here's the complete Pac-12 men's basketball schedule including TV info on a game-by-game basis. Here are five matchups airing on the Pac-12 Networks that are circled on my calendar for 2013-14:
- Bucknell at Stanford – Friday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. PT
Stanford hasn’t been to the NCAA tournament since 2008. Bucknell went last year. Now the Bison have lost their top player in Mike Muscala, yet they maintain that je ne sais quoi so often swagged by the little guy. This will be coach Johnny Dawkins and his very big Cardinal’s first test as they set out to dance once again.
- Wyoming at Colorado – Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. PT
Coach Tad Boyle returns a good team to host the Wyoming Cowboys in this Wednesday night treat. Last year’s game in Laramie was the Buffs’ first loss of their season. Keep an eye on Colorado’s standout junior Spencer Dinwiddie as he and the rest of the fighting Tads look to serve a cool dish of revenge to the Cowboys.
- Washington at Arizona – Saturday, Jan. 4 at 11 a.m. PT
Who doesn’t love a good rivalry game? Here’s a marvelous way to get over your New Year’s Day bowl game withdrawals with an early tip time and some spicy Pac-12 basketball. The Dawgs and ‘Cats always match up tightly, and this should be no different. Worth noting: this is the only time these two square off this season.
- UCLA at USC – Saturday, Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. PT
It’s the same vitriolic rivalry the Battle of Los Angeles has forever offered, but this season marks new regimes in both corners as Andy Enfield hosts Steve Alford for the first time in this intra-city contest. Could all this movement mark a changing of the guard (shoutout Jim Mora and company)? Or will Alford and his standout sophomores Jordan Adams and Kyle Anderson assert the Westwood powers of always?
- Wednesday, March 12 (All Day)
Call in sick now. Say it’s a delayed onset common cold called Marchitis you’ve contracted and that you will be fine but really need to rest. Or at least request the vacation day. This is day one of the Pac-12 Tournament; it tips at noon and doesn’t stop until 11 teams have been eliminated and a champion has been crowned. An automatic bid into the biggest of dances. SO MUCH HOOPS IN MARCH!
The striped gentlemen will soon toss the ball into the air and all of this fun will begin. Let’s watch it. One-hundred fifty times.