Roundup: ASU's Bachynski prides himself on defense

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Arizona State

After being named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, Arizona State’s Jordan Bachynski said “I pride myself on defense.” He’s the first Sun Devil to be named conference DPOY.

Oregon State

Las Vegas has a ton of trappings, but the Beavers are forgoing the “touristy stuff” in Las Vegas. Perhaps that’s because Oregon State feels capable of the stealing the show in Las Vegas.

Arizona

Yeah, Arizona dominated the Pac-12 year-end awards, but Sean Miller was hoping for an honor for Kaleb Tarczewski, too. Zeus didn’t find himself on any team despite having a very solid sophomore campaign (10.2 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 58% FG).

Colorado

This is always a tense time of year, and Colorado head coach Tad Boyle wants his team to play with an edge in the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Utah

Tony Jones tells us that if Utah is to get by Washington on Wednesday, it needs Delon Wright and Jordan Loveridge to lead the way.

Washington

Let’s get to know the real C.J. Wilcox, y’all. Great, great read from Mason Kelley.

UCLA

Matt Norlander of CBS Sports thinks UCLA will win the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament. A lot to like with the second-seeded Alford crew

California

Over at Pac Hoops, Adam Butler has Justin Cobbs’ game-winning shot to beat Arizona as the best moment in the Pac-12 this season.

Oregon

It’s never too early to talk about preseason college basketball tournaments for next year, and Oregon will be a host school for the Legends Classic at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn in November. The other three hosts are Villanova, Michigan and VCU.

USC

As ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura details for us, there are new challenges that await Steve Sarkisian at USC.

Stanford

In other football news, Stanford has named Duane Akina as its new defensive backs coach. Akina spent the last 13 seasons coaching at Texas. No stranger to the Pac-12, Akina also worked 14 years at Arizona.

Washington State

Let’s hear about Mike Leach talking football analytics, courtesy of CougCenter.

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