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Pac-12 basketball preview: Arizona leads the way heading into regular season

Published: Monday, Dec. 31 2012 10:40 a.m. MST

2012-13 vs. Top 25: 0-2 (lost to UNLV, Creighton)

National RPI: 75th

National strength of schedule: 55th

EXTRA STUFF: Crabbe is the Pac-12’s leading scorer. ... Cal opened the season 6-0 for the first time since 2007-08. ... Kravish is 20 pounds heavier than a year ago. The 6-foot-9 forward now weighs in at 221. ... The Bears signed three highly touted prep players for 2013-14 — swingman Jabari Bird, shooting guard Jordan Matthews and point guard Sam Singer — giving them a consensus top 20 recruiting class.

STANFORD CARDINAL (9-4)

Head coach: Johnny Dawkins (75-59)

Scoring leader: Junior F Dwight Powell, 14.5 ppg

Rebounding leader: Junior F Josh Huestis, 8.9 rpg

Assists leader: Sophomore G Chasson Randle, 3.5 apg

2012-13 vs. Top 25: 0-2 (lost to Missouri, North Carolina State)

National RPI: 66th

National strength of schedule: 69th

EXTRA STUFF:. ... Stanford won the NIT last season and finished with a 26-11 record. ... NBA veteran Mark “Mad Dog” Madsen returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach in June. ... The Cardinal won a school-record 17 home games last season. ... Former Olympus High star Elliott Bullock, a 6-foot-11 junior, is redshirting this season after serving an LDS Church mission in Houston.

WASHINGTON HUSKIES (8-5)

Head coach: Lorenzo Romar (221-116, 314-204)

Scoring leader: Junior G C.J. Wilcox, 18.5 ppg

Rebounding leader: Senior C Aziz N’Diaye, 9.2 rpg

Assists leader: Senior G Abdul Gaddy, 3.7 apg

2012-13 vs. Top 25: 0-1 (lost to Ohio State)

National RPI: 95th

National strength of schedule: 40th

EXTRA STUFF: Wilcox, a former Pleasant Grove High School star, is the Pac-12’s co-leader in 3-pointers made (2.6 per game). He tops the conference in minutes played (35.4 per game). ... N’Diaye leads the Pac-12 in offensive rebounding (3.8 per game). ... The Huskies have won 924 games on their home floor at Hec Edmundson Pavilion, the most of any team in any facility in the nation.

COLORADO BUFFALOES (10-2)

Head coach: Tad Boyle (54-25, 110-91)

Scoring leader: Sophomore G Askia Booker, 14.8 ppg

Rebounding leader: Junior F Andre Roberson, 11.9 rpg

Assists leader: Sophomore G Spencer Dinwiddie, 2.8 apg

2012-13 vs. Top 25: 1-1 (beat Baylor; lost to Kansas)

National RPI: 5th

National strength of schedule: 7th

EXTRA STUFF: Colorado opens conference play Thursday at Arizona. The Buffaloes defeated the Wildcats 53-51 in the championship game of last year’s Pac-12 Tournament. ... Roberson is the Pac-12’s leading rebounder and top defensive boarder (9 per game). ... Colorado is off to its best start since 2005-06. ... The Buffs have drawn crowds of 10,000 or greater to five of their six home games.

OREGON DUCKS (11-2)

Head coach: Dana Altman (45-28, 454-271)

Scoring leader: Freshman G Damyean Dotson, 11.0 ppg

Rebounding leader: Senior F Arsalan Kazemi, 10.0 rpg

Assists leader: Freshman G Dominic Artis, 3.6 apg

2012-13 vs. Top 25: 1-1 (beat UNLV; lost to Cincinnati)

National RPI: 65th

National strength of schedule: 220th

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