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2013 Pac-12 women's basketball preview: How much of a challenge will Stanford get this season?

Each year before conference play begins, I like to take stock of where each team stands statistically so I'm ready for what's ahead. This stream will contain an overview of each team's non-conference performance and what we might be able to expect heading into conference play.

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What did we learn about Stanford against Cal?

Even after their Pac-12 winning streak ended against the California Golden Bears, the Stanford Cardinal still have to be considered one of the nation's elite teams. But what, if anything, did we learn about the Cardinal from their performance in the Battle of the Bay?

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What we learned about Cal in the Battle of the Bay

The California Golden Bears beat the Stanford Cardinal for the first time in a few years on Sunday and now find themselves ranked one spot below the perennial Pac-12 juggernaut at #7 in the AP and USA Today/Coaches polls nationally. But what exactly did we learn about Cal from that victory that might serve them going forward as they make their case for entry into the nation's elite?

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Why Cal beating Stanford wouldn't be an "upset"

The Stanford Cardinal face the California Golden Bears tonight at 7 p.m. PST at Haas Pavilion for the first of two games in five days between two of the top 10 teams in the nation that could end up determining the Pac-12's regular season champion, or at least having a significant bearing on the race for the title.

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Just how close is Cal to the nation's elite?

The California Golden Bears enter today's Battle of the Bay against the Stanford Cardinal off to their best start in program history and among the top 10 teams in the nation by whatever poll or rating system you look at. Before looking specifically at how they match up with Stanford, we look back at their performance in non-conference play to get a longer view of their strengths and weaknesses.

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Where does Stanford rank among the elite?

The Stanford Cardinal will face the California Golden Bears in what could have a significant impact on determining the Pac-12 champion this season with both entering at 2-0. Before looking at each team's performances against the Colorado Buffaloes and Utah Utes, we look at Stanford's non-conference performance to get a longer view of their strengths and weaknesses.

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Will Arizona St's weaknesses compromise strengths?

The Arizona State Sun Devils finished a tough non-conference schedule with five straight wins and could be expected to finish in the top half of the Pac-12 conference based on their record. But did they show signs in non-conference play of a team capable of being considered the best of the conference's unranked teams?

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Does Wazzu have what it takes to win consistently?

The Washington State Cougars scored a couple of major upsets in non-conference play, but struggled offensively throughout non-conference play. Do they have what it takes to finish in the top 2/3 of the Pac-12?

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UW's future brighter than injury-plagued present

Despite suffering a number of significant injuries over the past two seasons, the Washington Huskies' program continues to show signs of growth in Kevin McGuff's second year as head coach. But can they make the leap into the top half of the conference?

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Can Oregon State build on last season's success?

The Scott Rueck era has been successful for Oregon State over the past two seasons, but how much of a leap can they take this season?

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Can the Arizona Wildcats defy the preseason poll?

The Arizona Wildcats did what they could to disprove the Pac-12 conference's preseason media poll, but how much did they really prove against the second weakest non-conference schedules in the conference?

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Does Utah have the depth to impact the Pac-12?

Are the Utah Utes ready for Pac-12 play after their 9-2 non-conference schedule?

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How far can Markel Walker take the UCLA Bruins?

The UCLA Bruins enter Pac-12 play ranked in the top 25 after facing one of the toughest schedules in the nation during non-conference play and being led by versatile senior Markel Walker.

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Just how good is undefeated Colorado?

The Colorado Buffaloes enter Pac-12 play as the only undefeated team in the conference. But how good are they? Is this all just an illusion?

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How much is riding on USC's season for Cooper?

The USC Trojans have yet to make the NCAA tournament in Michael Cooper's tenure with the team and haven't gotten off to a good start this season with the graduations of Ashley Corral, Brianna Gilbreath, and Jacki Gemelos.

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Are Oregon's weaknesses too big to overcome?

Every college basketball season, I like to take stock of whether Pac-12 teams are after non-conference play so that I can track their progress during the year and separate conference and non-conference performance more easily come tournament time. To begin our survey of the Pac-12 conference, I look at the Oregon Ducks who have gotten off to a rough start to the season in non-conference play.

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Cal's balance gives the Pac-12 another elite team

The California Golden Bears will enter Pac-12 conference play at 10-1, a program best start. While non-conference play is not always a good predictor of what's to come in the months ahead or in the tournament, the balance that Cal demonstrated in beating the Kansas Jayhawks and George Washington Colonials to finish non-conference play bodes well for the future.

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