Kelly Graves noticed a unique aspect of Oregon’s Pac-12 schedule.

“We’re the only team in the league to have two four-game road trips during conference play,” the UO women’s basketball coach noted. “Eight of the 12 teams don’t have to play any back-to-back weeks on the road and we have to do it twice.”

The Oregon schools join the Los Angeles schools as the only programs that have to go on the road for four straight games in Pac-12 play, but the Ducks will do that twice in a one-month span.

The Ducks visit Oregon State on Sunday, Jan. 26, before visiting Utah and Colorado on Jan. 30 and Feb. 1, respectively. Oregon, which is the preseason No. 1 team in the Associatd Press poll, will go from Colorado to face fifth-ranked Connecticut on Feb. 3.

UO returns home to face Arizona and Arizona State before visiting UCLA and USC, followed by trips to California and Stanford.

“That’s going to be difficult to manage, especially the back-to-back trips to the California schools late in the season,” Graves said. “We’re not going to make excuses because that’s the schedule we got. It’s not ideal, but we’re going to make the most of it and I think if any team can handle it, it’s this group. We have experienced veterans who have been around the block and won at a high level and I think that’s been one of our strengths as a program. We don’t make excuses, we’ll do whatever we have to do.”

Graves expects the conference to rotate which team play back-to-back road weekends in the years ahead.

“It better be cyclical,” he said. “That’s fine, I will take my turn if that is the only way to get a 12-team schedule done. If we have to do it next year or the year after, then we’ve got issues.”

Four of the eight road games during that 10-game span come against teams ranked in the top 11 of the preseason AP poll with one of the home games coming against No. 20 Arizona State.

Oregon’s nonconference schedule includes games against ninth-ranked Louisville and No. 21 Syracuse.

“We were as aggressive as any team in the country having to go to UConn, Syracuse, and we play Louisville and Oklahoma State on neutral sites,” Graves said. “Then we host Kansas State and South Dakota State, the team we beat in the Sweet 16 last year. So it’s aggressive, and then you get into Pac-12 play. It’s the best this league has ever been since I’ve been coaching in the Northwest. I don’t think it’s ever been deeper or better at the top.”