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How long will Arizona’s undefeated run last?
The top-ranked Wildcats may be the favorites here, but they’re far from unbeatable. There’s far more size in the league than usual, making even middle-of-the-pack squads such as Stanford and California serious threats to upset towering Arizona if the front-runners have an off-night.
How many teams can stay in NCAA tournament contention?
The sheer number of promising teams in the conference means that Selection Sunday snubs are a virtual guarantee. The talent margin between third place and seventh place in the standings will be razor-thin, but the former team will be looking at a respectable seed and the latter will be sweating it out on the bubble.
How will defenses adjust to the point forwards?
Both UCLA (Kyle Anderson) and Stanford (Dwight Powell) are getting their leading assist totals from players 6’9” or taller. Teams used to pressuring the ball with quick-handed point guards are going to be in for a major reality check in those matchups.
Is Oregon as good as its record?
The 12-0 Ducks have several quality wins—Georgetown, Illinois, BYU—but they’re still ranked just 12th in the country. A fearsome opening road trip (at Utah, at Colorado) will give them an early chance to prove they belong in the discussion of Final Four contenders.