Last season, the hype in the Pac-12 Basketball league should have been about UCLA, who went to the Final Four the year before and had too much off-season hype to have an overall top 5 regular season. Turns out it was another conference team that ended up in the top five in Arizona, which under freshman head coach Tommy Lloyd went from unranked to No. 1 in the NCAA Tournament.
The Wildcats, Bruins, and USC Trojans did the Big Dance, while teams like Oregon State, Cal, and Utah were at a level of their own at the bottom of the Pac-12. The other six shows ended up right in the middle, having good times and bad times overall.
With the 2022-23 season weeks away, it’s time to look at all the conference rosters and predict where everyone will be placed. Who will be number 1? Check out the preview of all 12 programs.
The Beavers won just three games in total last season, and thanks to two recent offseason news, they easily have a worse roster. Forward Warith Alatishe, the last key player in the 2021 Elite 8 squad, has chosen to turn pro and not return to the team, while Georgia transfer guard Christian Wright has suffered an injury and could be out for more than three months.
The leaves an already sold-out list with little proven production at the Pac-12 level. Look for Glenn Taylor Jr., a 6’6 forward who averaged 6.9 ppg as a rookie, to play a big role on offense and have a good year on offense. The six-man rookie class will also have plenty of opportunities and if a few can pull out and not leave the team next offseason, Oregon State may have something to build on in the future.
But the reality is that the Beavers will be lucky enough to win more than two league games this season.