Roundup: ASU's 'Curtain of Distraction' is pretty distracting

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Arizona State

This is a pretty sweet link: Austin Tymins of the Harvard Sports Analysis Collective has calculated that Arizona State’s “Curtain of Distraction” is worth 1.41 points per game. Let's also check out this Q&A with Arizona State quarterback Mike Bercovici and's Chantel Jennings.


Of course, National Signing Day is right around the corner (as in Wednesday), and we here at have put together a 2015 National Signing Day preview concerning the teams from your favorite conference. (Alex Espinoza with the byline.)


Talk about philanthropy: UCLA received a $10,000,000 donation for the Wasserman Football Center project from alums Jim and Carol Collins. Awesome.


During the course of the Golden Bears’ 57-54 win over Washington State, Cal women’s basketball guard Brittany Boyd set the program record for career assists by breaking Karen Smith’s mark of 667. Congrats, Brittany.

Oregon State

The Beavers are still undefeated in conference play after an 82-64 defeat of the Bruins, and Gina Mizell writes that Oregon State showed balance in its rout of UCLA.


During the course of Stanford’s 82-69 win over U-Dub Monday night in Maples, Bonnie Samuelson hit her 200th career three-pointer, and she caught up with Mary Murphy after the game to talk about the accomplishment. #BombinBonnie


There are going to be plenty of guys undervalued on signing day that a few years from now you will be saying, “How was he a two- or three-star recruit?” One of those guys who went overlooked coming out of high school and junior college, as's Kyle Bonagura points out, is Utah running back Devontae Booker.

Washington State

Former Washington State pitcher Mark Hendrickson signed a minor-league deal with the Baltimore Orioles recently. The 40-year-old, 10-year major leaguer has pitched in the MLB with the Blue Jays, Rays, Dodgers, Marlins and Orioles.


Looking back at Arizona’s win over Oregon State, Steve Rivera writes that T.J. McConnell is playing like the Pac-12 Player of the Year. Dude had eight steals against the Beavs.


Brian Howell pens an article about how scoring droughts are hurting Colorado men’s basketball in the wake of the Buffs’ recent 72-59 loss at UCLA.


Ken Goe features Oregon track star Johnny Gregorek, a fifth-year senior transfer who landed in Eugene after graduating from Columbia. His parents, also track stars in their day, have roots in Eugene.


Andrew McKagan of Conquest Chronicles analyzes former USC wide receiver Marqise Lee’s rookie season with the Jacksonville Jaguars.


UW Dawg Pound previews the upcoming Washington men’s basketball game against Oregon (Wednesday at 6 p.m. PT, ESPN2).

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