COVID clogs schedules as conventions scramble to find makeover dates – San Bernardino Sun

Admittedly, the Hotline has lost track of the number of Pac-12 basketball games canceled, postponed, officially rescheduled, scheduled to be rescheduled, or just out there, waiting for an effective date.

It’s been a huge COVID mess, and it’s been a mess in many leagues across the I Division. The Omicron wave hit at the right time for the sport.

Changes to isolation and isolation protocols, which Pac-12 released last week, will help teams return to practice and competition faster (assuming local health officials also adopt the new CDC guidance).

But the chaos will continue over the next few weeks as the omicron kicks in and the calendar re-arranges.

Last year, Pac-12 put makeover date on the conference schedule, allowing it to play 126 of the possible 130 games.

This season, there’s been little inherent flexibility – no league expected a major disruption when they scheduled a round-robin game months ago. As a result, more games can be lost to COVID.

1. UCLA (8-1 / 1-0)

Results: vs. Arizona and ASU (delayed)

Net Rating: 23

Next: at Cal (Saturday)

Comment: The Bruins have not played since December 11 and will not be on the field until Saturday, at the earliest. That’s four full weeks – they work a month later. Too bad the NCAA doesn’t start mid-April.

2. Arizona (12-1 / 2-0)

Results: vs USC and UCLA (delayed), beat Washington 95-79

Net Rating: 2

Next: at ASU (deferred)

Comment: The Pac-12 is reportedly trying to reschedule the Arizona-UCLA showdown for January 11 at the Pauley Pavilion. It needs that game to be played somewhere, somehow, for a bunch of reasons.

3. USC (12-0 / 2-0)

Results: vs. Arizona and ASU (delayed)

Net Rating: 14

Next: in Cal (Thursday)

Comment: The ability to compete with the home team on Thursday. The Bears just beat ASU, while the Trojans haven’t played since December 18.

4. Colorado (9-3 / 1-1)

Results: at Oregon and OSU (deferred)

Net Rating: 110

Next: versus Washington State (Thursday)

Comment: All in all, the CU-Washington State game will be canceled after 0.0002 seconds between the moment we hit the publish button and the time this column becomes available to our readers.

5. Oregon (8-6 / 1-2)

Results: beat Utah 79-66, against Colorado (postponed)

Net Rating: eighty seven

Next: in the State of Oregon (Saturday)

Comment: NET’s ascent has begun in earnest for Duck, as we know it (finally). But will it be too little, too late? There are only a handful of chances left to win high.

6. Washington State (8-5 / 1-1)

Results: versus Washington (delayed)

Net Rating: 63

Next: in Colorado (Thursday)

Comment: The Cougars have experienced little disruption compared to their peers, with only one game postponed so far.

7. Cal (9-5 / 2-1)

Results: with. Stanford (postponed), beat ASU 74-50

Net Rating: 114

Next: vs USC (Thursday)

Comment: If the Bears still maintain anything close to their current pace, Mark Fox will be a course for Pac-12 Coach of the Year. We don’t expect them to win nine games all season.

8. Stanford (8-4 / 1-1)

Results: versus Cal (delayed)

Net Rating: 100

Next: vs USC (Saturday)

Comment: As COVID pauses with no indication of when the Cardinal will return to the field. Maybe this weekend, maybe next week. COVID clogs schedules as conventions scramble to find makeover dates – San Bernardino Sun

Huynh Nguyen

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