Roundup: All-Star weekend for UCLA
This was a great weekend to be a UCLA basketball fan. Yes, the Bruins swept the Oregon schools at home, but Russell Westbrook was named the NBA All-Star Game MVP (good execution, Russ) and Zach LaVine won the slam dunk contest (filthy). Back at Pauley, Norman Powell had this dunk on Oregon (wowsers).
Here’s a look at Klay Thompson’s All-Star weekend in New York, courtesy of Antonio Gonzalez of the Associated Press. A lil’ fashion show, a lil’ three-point contest, a lil’ All-Star Game. Go Cougs.
After sweeping the NorCal schools at home, Utah basketball is ranked ninth in the country in the latest AP poll. Arizona stayed at No. 7.
Arizona was dominant in its trip to the Pacific Northwest, and Steve Rivera of FOX Sports Arizona writes that the Wildcats were “refocused” in their sweep of the Washington schools.
USC men’s basketball broke a nine-game losing skid by beating Oregon State 68-55 Saturday afternoon at the Galen Center thanks to 19 points from Elijah Stewart. The Trojans hadn’t won in a while but had been very competitive in a lot of games.
After the loss to USC, a scorpion sting on Oregon State’s plane sent the team back to Los Angeles. The team eventually landed in Portland at 11:30 p.m. PT Saturday night (nobody on the Beaver staff or roster was stung by the scorpion).
Colorado men’s hoops defeated Stanford 64-58, breaking a three-game slide. Xavier Johnson had a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds.
Stanford women’s hoops took down UCLA 68-50, a game in which Bonnie Samuelson hit eight three-pointers and talked with our Mary Murphy afterwards. Bombin’ Bonnie all day.
Lindsay Schnell of Sports Illustrated features Vernon Adams, writing that he’s out to prove that he’s more than just a beast at the FCS level.
The Seattle Times’ Adam Jude writes that former Washington cornerback Marcus Peters is trying to rebuild his reputation after getting booted off the team during the 2014 season.
Sweet feature on new Arizona State baseball coach Tracy Smith provided to us by Jeff Metcalfe. His first weekend in the Tempe dugout was a successful one, as the Sun Devils took two of three from Oklahoma State.
Olympic gold medalist and Cal swimmer Missy Franklin talked with the Pac-12 Networks crew of Rich Burk and Amy Van Dyken about her final home meet at Cal, which the Golden Bears won 158-142 against Stanford.