Coming off a solid season, Pac-12 Basketball looks to build on that momentum heading into the 2020-21 season. Here’s a look at some key storylines for the conference.
The Pac-12 had a nice bounce-back season last year with six teams finishing with at least 20 wins, and the team that finished second in the conference, UCLA had 19. The conference was poised to make some noise in the NCAA Tournament before the season ended. The final Busting Brackets tournament field had five Pac-12 Basketball teams in the field and arguably they were all more dangerous than the three teams that made the field the year prior.
The conference looks to build upon that momentum whenever the 2020-21 season gets underway, but this unconventional offseason has posed and is still posing its share of challenges for coaching staff and players. With the NBA timeline being pushed back and the draft withdrawal deadline being pushed back to August 3rd, coaches are having to wait longer for draft decisions, potentially putting teams in a roster crunch, although in reality that seems unlikely.
The question of whether the season will start on time or if we will see a truncated season in some form, but the Pac-12 has some intriguing storylines this summer, both as a whole and surrounding individual teams. Questions like, who is the biggest threat to Oregon?, Can Mark Fox turn California into a threat again? and what does Washington do after going from first to worst in the last two seasons? Are all interesting questions, But, I am going to take a look at three other interesting storylines for the conference as we look ahead to the new season, whenever that may be.