The Pac-12 basketball TV schedule was released earlier this week. Instead of circling calendars and highlighting documents, we have a handy guide below on the games that you have to tune in to this fall.
11: Michigan State vs. Arizona (4pm, ESPN) - Arguably the biggest non-conference game for the Pac-12. Is Arizona’s young core ready to contend with the Big Ten’s best?
13: Yale @ Washington (4pm, Pac-12) - UW’s Markelle Fultz vs. Makai Mason and last year’s tournament Cinderella. Must watch TV.
15: Oregon @ Baylor (12:30pm, ESPN2) - If you don’t like neon green, I wouldn’t recommend this game. However, if you like good basketball, look no further.
16: UC Irvine @ California (8pm, Pac-12) - Underrated intra-state matchup. UC Irvine has consistently been one of the better mid-majors in recent years.
17: Valparaiso @ Oregon (6pm, Pac-12) - Valpo senior forward Alec Peters could make a run for All-American status. He and UO’s Dillon Brooks in the post...get your popcorn.
18: Oregon State @ Nevada (7pm, ESPN3) - Nevada will contend for a Mountain West title this year, making this a tremendous resume building opportunity for the Beavers.
21: San Diego State vs. California (8pm, Pac-12) - Whoever wins this matchup will have a nice win on its resume early in the season. SDSU owns a top 10 defense nationally.
22: Tennessee/Wisconsin vs. Oregon (10:30am/5pm, ESPN2) - Semifinals of the Maui Invite could pit Oregon against a serious Final Four contender in Wisconsin.
23: TBD vs. Oregon (TBD, ESPN2/U) - We don’t know whether Oregon will be playing for the Maui championship, but there’s a good chance the Ducks could face North Carolina or UConn in the final.
24: Miami FL vs. Stanford (11:30am, ESPN2/U) - Quarterfinals of the AdvoCare Invitational in Florida. The Hurricanes will be rock solid again this season.
25: Dayton/Nebraska vs. UCLA (6:30/9pm, ESPN2/3) - The semifinal of the Wooden Legacy might be the toughest game in this tournament for the Bruins if it matches up against the Dayton Flyers and Archie Miller.
26: TCU/UNLV vs. Washington (TBD, TBD) - TCU and UNLV won’t be major contenders this season, making this an opportunity for Markelle Fultz to shine in a neutral site atmosphere.
27: Wofford at Colorado (11am, Pac-12) - If UCLA in the Wooden Legacy isn’t your thing, you can tune into Wofford taking on Colorado on Pac-12 Network. The Terriers have made the NCAAs in four of the last seven years under Mike Young.
28: Kentucky vs. Arizona State (4pm, ESPN2) - There’s a very good chance that Kentucky will be the #1 team in the country at the tip-off of this one. Can ASU challenge the Wildcats?
30: Colorado State @ Colorado (6pm, Pac-12) - Battle for Colorado supremacy. CSU returns two key players including Gian Clavell, an elite scorer.
1: Oregon State @ Mississippi State (6pm, ESPNU) - Any trip across the country is tough. Ben Howland and the Bulldogs welcome Oregon State into Humphrey Coliseum.
3: UCLA at Kentucky (9:30am, CBS) AND Gonzaga vs. Arizona (2:30pm, ESPN)- Make time for two. Set your alarms for a premier matchup between UCLA and Kentucky in Lexington and finish off with a matinee featuring a talented Gonzaga squad taking on Arizona.
6: Purdue vs. Arizona State (4pm, ESPN) - Bobby Hurley wanted to test his ASU team early and often this season. Battling Purdue in Madison Square Garden will be another dogfight.
7: Washington at Gonzaga (8pm, ESPN2) - The main focus will be on Nigel Williams-Goss, a stud guard who spent his first two seasons at Washington before transferring to Gonzaga. He’ll be matching up with Markelle Fultz. Massive intrigue here.
10: Michigan @ UCLA (5pm, ESPN2) - Don’t let this matchup fly under the radar. Michigan and UCLA love to score and will put up points in bunches. This should be a very entertaining game.
11: Nevada @ Washington (5pm, Pac-12) - Nevada continues its Pac-12 tour with a game in the Pacific Northwest against the Huskies. Can Washington protect home court?
17: UNLV vs. Oregon (8pm, ESPN2) - UNLV is in full rebuilding mode, but Oregon must have a chip on its shoulder after the Rebs pounced on UO 80-69 last December.
19: Stanford @ SMU (6pm, ESPN2) - SMU might not be the same after Larry Brown’s departure, but this is a team that is capable of reaching the tournament regardless.
20: New Mexico @ Arizona (6pm, Pac-12) - The final noteworthy non-conference game of the ‘16-17 season is another P12-MWC matchup, this time featuring New Mexico. Lobos guard Elijah Brown is one of the best scorers in the country.