Monday, September 22, 2014

Greg Crawford On Basketball For September 22nd, 2014

By Gregory Crawford---TV, Print and Radio Basketball Analyst---on twitter @wchoops @crawssportsbiz @kcsportsmgmt

Scheduling--- Sometimes your schedule can make you the best team, in a highly competitive league such as the Pac-12.

On paper at this point it would certainly appear that Colorado, UCLA and Arizona will be battling for the regular season Pac-12 men's basketball title in 2014-15.

Since the Pac-12 plays an unbalanced schedule, meaning for the novice basketball fan, each team does not play certain teams each year on the road or at home.

Examples of 2014-15 league schedule and how it might just favor Arizona. The Wildcats do not have to travel to UCLA/USC this year and at home do not get Washington/Washington State.

Obviously UCLA does not get Arizona/Arizona State at home, the Bruins do not have to travel to Washington/Washington State.

Colorado will not play Oregon/Oregon State at home, but will not have to travel to California/Stanford.

With the unbalanced schedule in the Pac-12, things are out of balance and you really do not get a "real" regular season champion.

I have covered the Pac-12 for years and have never heard one logical reason why there should not be a balanced schedule with each team meeting every other team both at home and on the road. It just makes sense. It also makes sense to me always that the Pac-12 Network would much rather want to show a league game as compared to Yale at California. (Sorry Yale, you have great academics by the way).

You would think the Pac-12 would want to put their best product on the floor, but with an unbalanced schedule they do not when it comes to league play. It really is important to win the regular season title as well because if you are an NCAA bubble team and do not win the postseason tournament, you are going to get some special consideration for your league play.

It really is time for the Pac-12 in men's basketball to get out of the dark ages and play a balanced schedule of 22 league games.

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