2018-19 PAC-12 basketball, previews of all 12 teams

Jaylen Nowell, Washington basketball. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
Jaylen Nowell, Washington basketball. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /
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Remy Martin, Arizona State Sun Devils. (Photo by Chris Coduto/Getty Images) /

Stanford Cardinal (18-15, 10-8)

The tank, Reid Travis transferred to Kentucky. How will the Cardinal answer such a huge loss? Stanford doesn’t have any sure-fire big men to step in to take his place so they will rely on others to do the job. Daejon Davis, who averaged just over 10 points-per-game as a freshman, will need to up his game for the Cardinal.

Oscar Da Silva, a 6′ 9” sophomore will have a big task on his shoulders while trying to slow down some of the other big men in the PAC-12. Look for Stanford to be an up and down team hovering around .500 this season as it could be a rough one.

Arizona State Sun Devils (20-11, 8-10)

ASU was a lot of fun to watch last year as they had a couple guards that could just put the ball in the basket. Tra Holder and Shannon Evans are now gone to graduation so where will the Sun Devils get their scoring from? Remy Martin will have his number called plenty this season by head coach Bobby Hurley. Rob Edwards, Zylan Cheatham, and Mickey Mitchell will have to have to expand their roles in order for the Sun Devils to make some noise in the PAC-12.

Utah Utes (19-11, 11-7)

SMU transfer guard Sedrick Barefield is the only player returning for the Utes that averaged double figures last season. In order for Utah to make an impact this year, they will rely on some younger players. That could be a big problem as Utah does not currently have many high recruits on the floor. It could be a long year for the Utes of Utah.

Colorado Buffaloes (17-15, 8-10)

The Buffaloes had almost the youngest team in the country last year and it showed with a seventh-place conference finish. McKinley Wright IV was excellent in his freshman season and is a PAC-12 player of the year candidate. However, center Dallas Walton, who was expected to be a force down low in 2018-19, was lost for the season with an ACL injury.

If the Buffs want to find themselves back at the top of the PAC-12, they will need to stay healthy. Depth and experience are still lacking in Boulder.