Arizona men’s basketball head coach Sean Miller recently tweeted, “There has never been a better time to compete in the PAC 12 Conference. Our stage is now the nation. It's a different set of bright lights!”
While the statement was made in regard to the Pac-12’s television schedule, Miller could have just as rightfully used the famed Shakespeare line, “All the world’s a stage.” For Pac-12 men’s basketball, in particular during this past month, the world has been the stage for dozens of hoops players.
Whether Pac-12 fans can actually view that stage, however, depends on their cable providers, as several still have yet to make agreements with the Pac-12 network.
In the span of one month, Pac-12 men’s basketball has been played (is still being played, in the case of Washington) on every continent in the world with the exception of Antarctica. It’s difficult to know what to really take home from the foreign-tour exhibition games that several of the Pac-12 teams played this past month, although some lingering questions may have been answered.
Even though the start of the 2012-13 college basketball season is still a little while away, these summer tours give teams the chance to bond and work a few things out, while giving fans a taste of what is to come. From the looks of things, Pac-12 men's basketball will have a lot to offer this coming season and should be a big improvement over the 2011-12 season.
Here’s a look at some of the key take-home messages from each of the 2012 Pac-12 men’s basketball foreign tours, including: Arizona, Colorado, Oregon State, UCLA, Utah, Washington and Washington State.