Roundup: Oregon wins thriller at UCLA
“Craziest Game of the Season” goes to Oregon-UCLA for their Thursday night double-overtime thriller. The Ducks gave the Bruins every chance to win it, but at the end of the night, Oregon found a way to pick up a needed victory at UCLA. Now at 7-8 in conference, the Quacks have won four straight and have played themselves right back into the NCAA tournament discussion.
What made the losing effort so impressive for the Bruins was that Jordan Adams and Kyle Anderson were suspended for the game for a violating team rules, so the Bruins were pretty short-handed. David Wear hit a miracle shot to send it to overtime and Bryce Alford scored 31 points, but it just wasn’t enough.
UCLA’s loss last night means that Arizona clinched the top seed in the 2014 Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament. The best UCLA could do now is 13-5, the worst Arizona could do is 13-5 and Arizona beat UCLA head-to-head.
In the other game in SoCal last night, Oregon State let a 23-point halftime lead slip all the way down to five, but the Beavers held on for a 76-66 win over USC despite 12 second-half turnovers.
‘Tis the last weekend of the regular season for Pac-12 women’s basketball, and Arizona State looks like it will be playing well beyond the first weekend of March. The Sun Devils do a lot of subbing in games, and Charli Turner Thorne is confident in the frequent player rotations. In all, the head coach made 71 subs in the 20-point win against Utah on Sunday. The Forks have Oregon in Eugene Friday night at 8 p.m. PT.
Not only did No. 5 Stanford women’s hoops get some revenge on Washington Thursday night, But Chiney Ogwumike got interviewed by her sister Nneka afterwards.
The Pac-12 Women’s Swimming Championships are still rocking and rolling in Washington, and Cal’s Missy Franklin set a Pac-12 Championships 500 freestyle record, winning the event in 4:35.73.
We got a men's basketball rivalry game for you Friday night in Seattle as the Cougs get ready for the Dawgs at 7:30 p.m. PT on the Pac-12 Networks, and Jacob Thorpe ponders the drop in Que Johnson’s production since DaVonté Lacy returned to the lineup for Washington State.
Intriguing men’s basketball tilt in Salt Lake City Saturday between Colorado and Utah (11 a.m. PT, Pac-12 Networks), and the Utes will look to control the boards against Colorado. Krystkowiak’s kids were outrebounded 42-24 in Boulder and somehow still took that game to overtime.
While he won’t be playing in the game, Spencer Dinwiddie is weighing his options for the future. Sounds like he will opt for the NBA Draft if he feels like he will go in the first round and return to school otherwise.
Scott Wolf reports that former USC quarterback Max Wittek is scheduled to visit Hawai’i. He has already seen Texas.
Sports Illustrated has a Q&A with Chris Petersen on transitioning to his new job at Washington, and I suggest you read it, yo.