Roundup: Utes get it done in Galen
It was long overdue, but after beating USC Thursday night, Utah got its first Pac-12 road win this season, which was also their first road win overall, and second league roadie since joining the Pac by taking care of the Trojans 79-71. At least part of the reason why Utah won was because Jordan Loveridge’s pickiness paid off- better shot selection for the sophomore against USC.
UCLA exploded in the second half for a 92-74 triumph over Colorado, and not surprisingly, CBS Sports’ Night Court concludes that that’s a good win for UCLA over Colorado from a postseason perspective.
On the other side of the coin, Colorado was in control for much of the first half and took a four-point lead into the break. As Michael Beller of Sports Illustrated points out, however, Colorado was denied its bid for its first meaningful road win, which could hurt come tourney time.
Huge one tonight in Tempe between the Wildcats and Sun Devils (6 p.m. PT, ESPN), and Doug Haller details how Arizona and Arizona State aren’t the same since the rout in Tucson (‘Zona won the first meeting 91-68). Big chance for a résumé-building victory for the Forks.
Let’s not forget women’s hoops, for Niya Butts’ squad is in the Bay Area for a tough road trip to Cal and Stanford, and the Wildcats are hoping to build momentum off their upset win over Arizona State in their last game (pull-up jumpers galore in that one; Arizona couldn’t miss).
Baseball season is starting Friday, so here’s an Oregon baseball positional breakdown via The Oregonian. Ducks open the season at Hawai’i Friday night.
Meanwhile, the Diamond Dawgs open up at the Texas State tournament. Doubleheader for Washington to kick things off.
Oregon State pitcher Ben Wetzler turned down a contract with the Phillies for a chance to win a College World Series, so Wetzler enters his senior season eager to join the dog pile that teams typically do when they win it all.
Wanna watch Missy Franklin do the worm? You’re welcome (it’s at the end of the vid, but you’ll want to watch Statisfaction from the start because Ryan McGrady is a boss).
Sounds like Adoree’ Jackson wants to wear No. 5 at USC, thus unretiring Reggie Bush’s jersey. Some vets have advised Jackson against it, according to Scott Wolf.
Washington State head coach Mike Leach discussed the proposed rule changes in college football that would prevent the offense from snapping the ball for 11 seconds so defenses can sub. In summation, Leach is not a fan of said proposal. Also, watch Mike Leach record a voicemail greeting. Fun times.
David Lombardi takes a look at Stanford’s running backs moving forward into 2014. A lot to replace with Tyler Gaffney and Anthony Wilkerson gone.