Roundup: It's time to dance
Half the Pac that’s in the big dance starts things off Thursday, beginning with Colorado’s 10:40 a.m. PT tilt with Pittsburgh (TBS). If you ask Brian Howell of Buffzone, he’ll tell ya that rebounding is key in the Buffs’ matchup with Pitt.
Take a long lunch for the battle between Oregon and BYU at 12:10 p.m. on truTV in Milwaukee, and Elgin Cook has returned to Milwaukee trying to balance emotions with NCAA tournament focus (Cook is a Milwaukee native).
The Forks will have the Pac-12 nightcap Thursday with a 6:40 p.m. PT bout against seventh-seeded Texas (CBS), and the Sun Devils are hoping for a reset in the NCAAs having lost three in a row entering the tourney.
The Cougars might not be in the NCAA tournament, but that didn’t stop Washington State president Elson Floyd from filling out a bracket. As a bonus, he does so with former Pac-12 Digital mate Neil Stover, so definitely Czech this out.
The Cardinal plays Friday against New Mexico, and Johnny Dawkins’ go-to scorer Chasson Randle has thrived in a role change, playing in a bigger lineup that includes three frontcourt players.
The Pac-12 is now out of the CBI with Oregon State’s 96-92 loss to Radford, a game in which a slow start proved crippling to the Beavers. Oregon State trailed by 15 late in the first half and was down 57-45 at the break.
In NIT action, Jeff Powers helped shoot Cal into the second round of the NIT with his 10 points in a 77-64 victory over Utah Valley.
Arizona has quite the target on its back as a No. 1 seed, and here are some notes from Bruce Pascoe on predictions, the West region and staying loose.
Trevor Reilly and the rest of the Ute NFL hopefuls put on a show in front of the scouts Wednesday, and according to this account from the Deseret News, Utah’s pro day went well.
There could have been another Pac-12 school in the CBI, but here’s why Washington said no, according to Percy Allen.
UCLA sees Tulsa Friday in San Diego, and Steve Alford and Danny Manning are crossing paths again in the UCLA-Tulsa game. The two are among nine coaches in the NCAA tournament to have made an NBA roster.
You might have seen Cal Poly defeat Texas Southern in the NCAA first round Wednesday night, and Scott Wolf lets us know that ex-USC assistant coach Joe Callero is becoming the toast of March Madness. Callero is currently the head coach of the Big West champion Cal Poly Mustangs and coached under Henry Bibby in Troy.