Roundup: Josh Huestis is the new sultan of swat at Stanford
Stanford easily took care of USC 80-59 Thursday night, and Josh Huestis set the school blocks record in the rout of USC, notching his 168th all-time to push past Tim Young (he finished the game with 169). And hey, here’s Huestis talking about setting the school record with our JB Long (go Bells).
Welp, not a whole lot went right for USC Thursday night in Maples, but hey, at least the Trojans made Stanford bleed for it, literally, with Dwight Powell getting busted open after a collision with Strahinja Gavrilovic. The head bandage served Powell well and also made an appearance on Ashley Adamson at halftime.
Despite foul trouble and poor shooting, the Beavers “stuck together” amid controversy in a much-needed win over Washington State by a final score of 68-57. OSU can pull back to .500 with a win against Washington.
Well it might be another tally in the loss column, but Jacob Thorpe writes that the Cougars improved in their loss to the Beavers.
As we look forward to the weekend, all eyes will be in Boulder for Colorado-Arizona Saturday (6 p.m. PT, ESPN). It just so happens that with ESPN’s College GameDay in town, the Buffs are building momentum.
Headline of the week goes to Bruce Pascoe of the Arizona Daily Star. He writes that there is a new York state of mind, as Arizona sophomore Gabe York is finding his stride as a starter.
The defeat at the hands of the Wildcats was a tough one to take, but there’s a big one on the horizon with Arizona State coming to town Sunday at 5 p.m. PT on ESPNU. The Utes are getting back to work after the overtime loss to Arizona.
A great story here from Mason Kelley about Washington women’s basketball player Katie Collier living in the moment. She survived cancer two years ago (and played WHILE undergoing chemo treatment) and suffered a knee injury last year that kept her out for the season before suiting up for Mike Neighbors this campaign. Watch her and the rest of the Huskies play Oregon Friday night at 6 p.m. PT on the Pac-12 Networks.
In more women’s action, Arizona State hosts Colorado Friday at 5:30 p.m. PT, and Charli Turner Thorne hopes Arizona State has bottomed out after a 0-2 trip to NorCal. While they are currently riding a three-game losing streak, the Forks are a lock for the tourney save for a total collapse down the stretch.
Now back in Berkeley as a student assistant RBs coach, Jahvid Best says his health is fine and that he is feeling no ill effects from the multiple concussions he suffered that forced an abrupt end to his playing career in the NFL.
Jim Mora has named Mike Tuiasosopo the outside linebackers and special teams coach at UCLA. Tuiasosopo has plenty of Pac-12 experience, having coached at Arizona (2004-10) and Colorado (2011-12).
It’s NFL Scouting Combine time, and Rob Moseley gives us the deets on the six Ducks who are ready to hit the field at the combine: Colt Lyerla, Josh Huff, De’Anthony Thomas, Taylor Hart, Boseko Lokombo and Terrance Mitchell.