Two weekends through the Pac-12 men's basketball schedule, and this much is certain: Nothing is certain in the Pac-12.
With preseason league front-runners Arizona and USC dealing with issues on and off the court, the first two weekends of league play have provided few answers as to which teams should be considered the conference front-runners. Sure, Arizona is the most talented team, with USC next in line. Yet, so far, it seems any team can beat anyone else on any given night.
"I'm not surprised. There's a lot of talent in this league," CU head coach Tad Boyle said. "We lost 14 (NBA) draft picks in the Pac-12. To think we're going to come out in November and just be killers on a national stage is probably a little (much). But guess what? We've got some teams and some coaches that get better as the year goes on. You get into Pac-12 play and you see some 'upsets' but I don't consider them upsets. It's conference play.
"We've got some teams that are going to be a heck of a lot better come late February and March than they were in November. I don't know if we'll get credit for it or not. That all plays out when the selection show happens. I do know there's a lot of good, young, players in this league. We've got a handful of them, but so does everybody else."
With only two weekends in the books, the Pac-12 no longer has a single undefeated team while a whopping eight clubs boast a record between 3-1 and 2-2. Three other teams sit at 1-2, with Washington State (0-3) the only winless team thus far.
While Colorado's sweep of top-15 teams from Arizona State and Arizona was a head-turner, the Buffaloes' impressive run was only the latest unexpected result out of the league. Washington pulled off a stunner in its league opener at USC. Oregon State toppled Oregon in those teams' league-opening Civil War battle. And Stanford enjoyed a weekend nearly as impressive as CU's, toppling UCLA and USC at home. That latter win was secured on a half-court heave by Daejon Davis at the buzzer Sunday night.
"Look at Stanford. They beat USC (Sunday) on a buzzer-beater. They're a lot like us," Boyle said. "They stumbled a bit in the preseason but guess what? They've got some talented freshmen. And they're trying to blend them in with...some veterans that have been around a while. Maybe they're figuring it out. They had some injuries as well, as we lost Tory (Miller-Stewart)."
The latest AP top 25 released Monday took a toll on Arizona State and Arizona, both of which were victimized at the Coors Events Center.
Arizona State, which bounced back to defeat Utah Sunday, dropped from No. 4 to No. 11. The loss at Colorado wasn't quite as costly for the Wildcats, who dropped from No. 14 to No. 17. No other Pac-12 team even received a vote in the latest AP poll.
In addition to CU (and Utah) visiting Los Angeles, this week's league slate includes the Oregon schools visiting the Arizona schools and the northern California schools (Stanford and Cal) visiting the Washington schools.