Roundup: Can Cal avoid letdown against Stanford?
Cal-Stanford will get the second half of conference play under way tonight with a 6 p.m. PT tip on ESPN2, and Avinash Kunnath of California Golden Blogs asks Bears fans and bloggers if they’re worried about a letdown against Stanford after shocking Arizona on Saturday.
We’ll have a lot more National Signing Day coverage for you outside of the link roundup, but good early returns for the Card as Stanford landed defensive end Solomon Thomas, who is listed as a five-star recruit by 247 Sports and Scout and a four-star guy by Rivals. The Texan chose Stanford over UCLA and Arkansas. Check out his GoStanford.com bio for more info on the kid.
Since we’re on the subject, USC head coach Steve Sarkisian hit the ground running on the recruiting trail to try to get a strong class in just two months on the job. This is the last USC class under NCAA sanctions.
The men’s basketball Beavers are above .500 in conference play halfway through for the first time in 15 years, and Rockne Andrew Roll of Rush the Court writes that Oregon State is slowly but surely returning to relevance. Tough road trip to the ‘Zonas starts tomorrow night at ASU.
The ESPN gang takes a look at Arizona’s options without Brandon Ashley. Next game for the 'Cats is tomorrow night at home against the Quacks.
Oregon could certainly use a roadie in Tucson, and Andrew Greif details for us how the Ducks are turning their NCAA tournament pressure against their opponents.
In our other game tonight, Colorado hosts Washington State at 6:30 p.m. PT on the Pac-12 Networks, and the Buffs hope to keep the momentum going from an overtime win against Utah last weekend.
On the Ken Bone side of the things, the Cougars will take on the Buffaloes with DaVonté Lacy this time around. Wazzu lost to Colorado by one in overtime the first time they played (Lacy was not in the lineup).
Arizona State handled Arizona 60-36 in women’s basketball Tuesday night on the Pac-12 Networks, and Katie Hempen talked about Arizona State’s 20-3 start to the season afterward with Anne Marie Anderson and Mary Murphy. After being tied at the break, the Forks outscored the Cats 34-10 in the second half.
In women’s gymnastics news, UCLA’s Hallie Mossett was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for getting a 9.9 on bars and 9.875 on beam, both of which are career highs, against Cal last week.
This Utah frosh has been stuck on the bench for most of the year, but Larry Krystkowiak says Ahmad Fields will have his day, especially after scoring nine points against Colorado and playing good defense against Xavier Johnson.
Here’s some video of Lorenzo Romar talking about Utah ahead of the Dawgs’ game against the Utes on Thursday.