First team to tip is Stanford, which hosts Cal Poly at 4 p.m.
Then come Colorado and Arizona, then Washington and USC and Arizona State and Oregon State, then UCLA, then Cal and Oregon for the twin nightcaps.
Eleven teams -- all except Washington State -- crammed into seven hours.
Sunday, they'll do it all over again with five more games. Then four on Monday, and three on Tuesday.
All told, there are 23 games over five days.
For those with enough cranium capacity to download basketball during the football stretch run, we present a look at storylines for the opening weekend, and beyond ...
1. Who's on the court.
For the Hotline, this is topic 1A, 1B and 1C. Yes, it's tied to the corruption scandal. Of course it is.
If any player is unexpectedly held out -- if there has been no previous mention of injury or academic issue and no details are provided -- then make note:
The DNP could be tied to the FBI.
One example: USC wing De'Anthony Melton sat out of both exhibitions, and coach Andy Enfield has been mum on the topic.
If the Trojans have reason to believe Melton is/could become involved with the FBI or NCAA, they're smart to sit him.
Knowingly playing an ineligible athlete is a no-no of the first order.
Are there others? We'll know soon enough.
2. Transfers to watch.
The conference is well-stocked with touted transfers (both graduate and traditional) expected to make an immediate impact.
Atop the list are Oregon wing Elijah Brown (New Mexico), Cal big man Marcus Lee (Kentucky).
But keep an eye on USC's Derryck Thornton (Duke) and Utah's Justin Bibbens (Long Beach State).
3. The RPI foundation.
The framework for evaluating the Pac-12 will be laid over the next six weeks -- the heart of non-conference play, when teams collect the quality wins and bad losses that stick with them through Selection Sunday.
The obvious high-level RPI game for the conference is UCLA's tangle with Georgia Tech in Shanghai.
But RPI-impact games can come from nowhere ... especially when the result takes the form of defeat to a second-tier team.
In other words, any a loss by the Pac-12 this weekend, aside from UCLA, becomes an immediate and lasting issue.
4. UCLA's freshmen.
At least, the ones not under house arrest.
As embarrassing and potentially serious as the shoplifting incident might be, LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley are but half of UCLA's touted freshman class -- and not the top tier, in reality.
The Bruins' prized freshmen are wing Kris Wilkes and point guard Jaylen Hands, and neither was involved in the Louis Vuitton incident.
Considering what the Bruins lost in production, especially on the perimeter, Wilkes and Hands will play integral roles in limiting a backslide.
5. How bad is the bottom?
This issue will play out over the course of weeks, but we'll get an inkling over the next 72 hours.
There are bad teams in every conference every year. The key is to avoid the truly awful.
Last year, the Pac-12 had two teams in the RPI 200s, Washington and Oregon State.
The Beavers should be markedly better.
Not sure about the Huskies.
By the time the Hotline's first power ratings are published next week, we'll have an idea.
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