Roundup: Sweet Sunday for the Pac-12
The Pac-12 had quite the Sunday in the NCAA tournament, sending three teams to the Sweet 16 on that day. Most surprisingly, starting off the fun was Stanford, which upset second-seeded Kansas 60-57. It was apparent that Kansas players didn’t know who Stanford’s leading scorer, Chasson Randle, was in the pregame press conference. So who is Stanford? After upsetting Kansas, it’s a Sweet 16 team.
UCLA looked solid on Friday and Sunday, knocking off Tulsa and Stephen F. Austin by 17 points apiece. As a result, Myron Medcalf of ESPN writes that UCLA and Steve Alford took a big step in San Diego, the site of their second- and third-round games.
Arizona didn’t look all that great against Weber State, but it was absolutely spectacular against Gonzaga, forcing the Bulldogs into 21 turnovers in an 84-61 triumph. Afterwards, Raphielle Johnson of CollegeBasketballTalk wrote that Arizona was downright disruptive in its convincing win over Gonzaga.
Time to write those season-end pieces for Oregon, which lost a hard-fought game to Wisconsin in the round of 32 after having a 12-point lead at the half. The Oregonian gives us a look at where Oregon goes from here.
If you like winning, look no further than the NCAA women’s basketball tournament, where the Pac-12 went 4-1 in the first round. Arizona State was one such victor, taking down Vanderbilt 69-61, but now the Sun Devils face a tough challenge in top-seeded and undefeated Notre Dame. Catch the game Monday at 3:30 p.m. PT on ESPN2.
Gottlieb’s group won a nailbiter against Fordham in the first round, and now Cal faces a possible mirror image in Baylor. Brittany Boyd versus Odyssey Sims should be fun to watch. The Golden Bears and Lady Bears tip off at 6 p.m. PT on ESPN2.
Count Oregon State among the winners as well, defeating Middle Tennessee 55-36 Sunday night. As the score indicates, Oregon State’s defense stuffed Middle Tennessee. The Blue Raiders shot just 23 percent from the floor.
The one team who didn’t win in the first round was USC, which was taken out by a last-second St. John’s three-pointer in a 71-68 loss to the Red Storm.
In WNIT news, Washington will face a familiar foe in Oregon in the second round, with tip at 7 p.m. Washington is the higher seed, but since the NCAA women’s tourney is in Seattle, the Dawgs will have to head to Eugene for this one.
Want to read about more winning? Then try on Utah winning the Pac-12 Women’s Gymnastics Championships on for size. The Red Rocks are the first Utah team to win a Pac-12 championship, and Lya Wodraska writes that the Utes’ senior class delivered in the Pac-12 championships.
Should he stay or should he go? Spencer Dinwiddie is expected to make his decision to either enter the NBA draft or return to school within a couple of weeks, and Christopher Dempsey of The Denver Post thinks that Dinwiddie’s best shot is to return to Colorado.
The Cougs are searching for a new men’s basketball coach, and Jeff Nusser of CougCenter believes that Washington State needs a “system” coach.