Roundup: Desmond Simmons goes to work for UW
Now that’s how you stop a three-game losing skid in its tracks- by hitting key jumpers and taking charges. That’s what Desmond Simmons and gang did Wednesday night, as grit brought the Dawgs back past Stanford 64-60 after trailing by seven at the break. Huge charge taken by Simmons with 5.5 seconds left to negate a dunk that would have tied the game.
Adam Butler examines how Cal survived and Stanford didn’t Wednesday night. Nice 80-76 OT win for the Bears at Washington State, which is not the easiest place at which to win. Also, the Cal community honored Ted Agu at a candlelight vigil Wednesday evening, and our Taylor Dutch has a nice post about it.
With respect to the Wazzu side of things, the Cougs shot lights out and still lost, hitting 46 percent of their three-point attempts. Kudos to DaVonté Lacy for dropping in a career-high 39; dude can ball.
Ahead of a huge game at UCLA Thursday (6 p.m. PT, ESPN2), Tad Boyle’s Buffaloes look to change results on the road. They better, too, because five of their last seven regular season games are away from the Coors Events Center.
On the other sideline, Norman Powell is finding a scoring niche near the rim. As Jack Wang notes, Powell is the 12th-most efficient hooper offensively in the Pac-12.
Utah travels to USC for a 7:30 p.m. tip Thursday on the Pac-12 Networks, and the Utes’ L.A. natives hope to shine in their trip home. Delon Wright, Dakarai Tucker and Brandon Taylor grew up in SoCal, and two of them – Tucker and Taylor – cheered for Troy as youngins.
Congrats to Nick Johnson and Aaron Gordon for being named to the Naismith Trophy Midseason 30 list. They are joined on the list by UCLA’s Kyle Anderson as the Pac’s three representatives. Also, the NCAA is proposing to allow defenses 10 seconds to make subs and penalize the offense for snapping the ball before that time, and Arizona’s Rich Rodriguez spoke out against the defensive sub rule proposal on Twitter.
Nice! I always like these football scheduling announcements: Arizona State and BYU announced a home-and-home series for the 2020 and 2021 seasons, with the 2020 game taking place in Tempe.
Tough loss for the Farm Boys on the hardwood Wednesday night, but at least the NFL has unrequited love for David Shaw. I’m sure more than a few NFL teams would like that guy for a head coach.
Speaking of NFL head coaches, Pete Carroll is scheduled to return to USC for a speaking engagement at the end of the month. Scott Wolf has more.
Oregon is No. 3 in SportingNews’ early bird top 10 for 2014, with UCLA sixth and Stanford seventh.
We still got a lil’ time before Oregon State hits the short road to Eugene, but the Beavers are aiming to replicate their defensive success against the Ducks.