Pac-12 Basketball: Season Preview 2020-21

Biggest Pac-12 basketball questions

Can Arizona State finally succeed in Pac-12 play?

As joked about in the power rankings, Bobby Hurley has consistently coached the Sun Devils to an elite nonconference finish before sinking to the middle of the Pac-12 standings. However, expectations are much higher this season for Arizona State. The team should be one of the best in the conference, but if history is any indication, there are legitimate questions that must be asked about how well they can perform from November through March. It all starts with putting the toilet seat down.

How much better can UCLA get?

One benefit of returning all your players from a relatively successful season is that you will experience continuity and a pretty high floor. However, the downside could be the lack of a high ceiling or any significant improvement over the previous season. Some of us at Heat Check are very cautious when judging teams based on how they ended the previous season, and UCLA definitely falls into that camp. Is Johnny Juzang enough to move the needle, or are we being a little too high on the Bruins in their second season under Mick Cronin?

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