With Pac-12 Basketball looking even more competitive this season, here is my look at the biggest questions each team must answer during the 2020-21 season.
There is perhaps no other conference in the country that was a bigger winner and loser with the passing of the NBA’s draft declaration deadline than Pac-12 Basketball. They had some (somewhat) surprising returns that helped elevate some teams for the coming season, and some decisions to leave that really impacted some others.
In terms of competitiveness, the conference looks like it is back to the level one would expect out of a power-five conference after a couple of down seasons, and that is a good thing for the sport.
Picking a winner in this conference could prove to be difficult as there are a handful of teams that looked to be tightly grouped and can compete for the title, and a couple of others that if they make some improvements in some areas and some things fall their way could join that pack, especially in a year where the sport may only play conference games.
Earlier this summer I wrote about some storylines for the conference, one of them being how every team in the conference must figure out a way to replace a major contributor from last year’s team. So, inherently that is the biggest question for every team in the conference, but for the purposes of this piece that is the question for only one team.
The other teams have other big questions they need to find the answers to in addition to replacing their stars, in order for them to have a successful season, no matter how a team might decide to measure its own success.