Roundup: Great night to be a Sun Devil
These Sun Devils, tho. After an 0-4 start to league play, Arizona State is now 6-7 in Pac-12 contests as a result of outlasting UCLA 68-66 Wednesday night. Savon Goodman went to work, scoring 20 points and grabbing 12 boards. Also, James Harden’s No. 13 jersey was retired at halftime, so it was a great night all around in Sun Devilville.
Jeff Eisenberg of Yahoo Sports writes that UCLA squandered a big opportunity at Arizona State to help its NCAA tournament resume.
An autopsy Wednesday of Lauren Jones was inconclusive. According to The Oregonian, the acrobatics and tumbling athlete had been treated and released at a local hospital 11 hours before her death.
Should be an intense one in Corvallis, as Utah looks to end Oregon State’s perfect home record (8 p.m. PT/9 p.m. MT, Pac-12 Networks), writes the Salt Lake Tribune team of Matt Piper and Kyle Goon. The Beavers are 14-0 at Gill Coliseum this season.
Connor Letourneau looks at Oregon State’s chances to make a postseason tournament. The Beavers haven’t made the NIT since 2005, but it’s certainly within reach this season.
The Wildcats look to at least keep its share of first in league with a home game against USC Thursday night (6 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Networks), and Steve Rivera informs us that Gabe York is getting valuable minutes at point guard this season. He filled in at PG for the injured Parker Jackson-Cartwright (no word yet on whether he is playing this weekend) but is more of a shooting guard.
Despite a seven-game losing streak for the Dawgs, Washington AD Scott Woodward publicly supported basketball coach Lorenzo Romar Wednesday.
Some final 20 minutes for Tara’s Team: Stanford women’s basketball defeated Cal 59-47 after outscoring the Golden Bears 36-15 in the second half.
Cal swimmer Missy Franklin has not made a decision on where she will train for the 2016 Olympics, reports Elliott Almond.
Colorado safety Jered Bell is still waiting to hear from the NCAA if he will get a sixth year of eligibility, Mike MacIntyre said Wednesday. Bell missed all of 2014 as a fifth-year senior after tearing an ACL in August practice.
Washington State football hired Joel Filani as a quality control staff member. Filani was a wide receiver at Texas Tech under Mike Leach and was a two-time first-team all-Big-12 selection before being taken in the sixth round of the NFL draft by the Titans.
Ted Miller ponders about who will replace former USC defensive lineman Leonard Williams. Some big shoes to fill right there.
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