Roundup: OSU aims to seize road opportunities
Oregon State finds itself in Pullman on the men’s hardwood tonight, and the Beavers are aiming to seize road opportunities. Tonight is a chance for the Fighting Robinsons to get back to .500 in conference play – 7 p.m. PT on the Pac-12 Networks.
The Golden Bears tip off with USC at the Galen Center an hour later on ESPNU, and to get you Cal fans ready for the game, California Golden Blogs did an 846-word Q&A with Conquest Chronicles (USC’s SB Nation site). Yes, exactly 846 words. Also, Art Kaufman has been named defensive coordinator at Cal. He spent last season as the DC at Cincinnati.
Congratulations to Nick Johnson and Aaron Gordon for being named to the Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 list, and those two Wildcats make up half the honorees for the Pac-12. Oregon’s Joseph Young and UCLA’s Kyle Anderson also made the cut. This Wildcat didn’t make the list, but Kelli Anderson of Sports Illustrated writes that gritty point guard T.J. McConnell has helped Arizona reach No. 1.
When Arizona State hosts Utah tomorrow night, it will be a battle of the Bachynski brothers, as Kevin Zimmerman noted in his write-up on yesterday’s Pac-12 coaches teleconference.
Nice feature from Mark Soltau of GoStanford.com on the family ties that Marcus and Malcolm Allen of Stanford basketball have to The Farm. Their mother was a gymnast at Stanford and the two attended basketball camps there growing up (this blogger remembers them when they were 10 years old at those camps; now he feels old).
The Bruins haven’t been putting the biscuit in the basket as well as they usually do as of late, but Steve Alford denies that UCLA is in a shooting slump, so there you have it. Two games do not a season make.
The torn ACL has created more questions about whether or not Spencer Dinwiddie will declare for the NBA Draft this spring, but for now, Dinwiddie envisions a sound knee and bright future as he tries to get back to 100 percent. He also refers to himself in the third-person in this article by B.G. Brooks, and that’s awesome.
And for a little Utah gymnastics news, we’ll let ya in on the fact that Tory Wilson faces plenty of competition on the vault as the Red Rocks continue Pac-12 competition. Next up? A bout with UCLA this Saturday (6:30 p.m. PT/7:30 p.m. MT, Pac-12 Networks) as Utah tries to break an eight-meet skid to the Bru Cru.
So Yahoo! Sports is going back through all of the BCS years and playing the “what if it was a 4-team playoff?” game. They think USC would have taken care of business and beenn the national champ in 2003. Also, Andy Staples of Sports Illustrated asks “what’s next for Ed Orgeron?”
This is pretty dope: Washington State throwers coach Debra Farwell is mic’d up here. Nice feature courtesy of WSUCougars.com.
So there are six Pac-12 softball teams listed on the NFCA preseason poll, and Washington leads the way as the preseason No. 3 team in the country. Also in the top 25: Arizona State (No. 7), Oregon (No. 8), UCLA (No. 16), Stanford (No. 22) and Cal (No. 24).
Rob Moseley hits us with a 2013 season review of the Oregon linebackers.