Roundup: Arizona shows its potential against USC
Arizona made quick work of USC last night, blasting away the Trojans 87-57. Myron Medcalf writes that Arizona showed how good it can be in the win over USC. At halftime, Arizona retired Jason Terry’s number.
If you like high-scoring games, Oregon State-Utah wasn’t for you. The Runnin’ Utes beat the Beavs 47-37, prompting Matt Piper to call it an “ugly” game. First home loss for Oregon State this season.
Battle of the Bay Saturday in Palo Alto, as Stanford men’s basketball takes on Cal (3:30 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Networks). Also, Sports Illustrated lists Stanford defensive end Solomon Thomas as one of its 10 redshirt freshmen to watch in 2015.
Another rivalry game going down Sunday when the Dawgs meet the Cougs (5:30 p.m. PT Sunday, ESPNU), and here’s an interesting feature on Pabail Sidhu, Washington basketball’s director of basketball strategies (analytics, basically; not every school has one of these positions).
Take a look at Washington State basketball guard DaVonté Lacy impersonating Ernie Kent, along with other Pac-12 basketball players imitating their coaches.
As Colorado women’s basketball gets ready for its final two home games of the season against the Oregon schools, Brian Howell writes that Colorado’s seniors “will leave a legacy of leadership.” Final game at the Coors Events Center for Lexy Kresl, Jen Reese and Jasmine Sborov; check ‘em out in action Friday night against Oregon State on the Pac-12 Networks (5:30 p.m. PT/6:30 p.m. MT).
Cal and Ole Miss have scheduled a football series for 2017 and 2019, with the 2017 game taking place in Berkeley and the 2019 in Oxford. Always fun to see a Pac-12/SEC clash.
Word on the street (Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports, along with CBS Sports and others) is that UCLA football is close to hiring Tom Bradley as its defensive coordinator. Bradley is currently the defensive line coach at West Virginia and was at Penn State for more than 30 years before that.
Jarrett Bell of USA Today writes that Marcus Mariota is an “X-factor” for many NFL teams. Mariota spoke to the media Thursday at the NFL combine.
Cool story from Chantel Jennings on the Oregon State football staff bonding over pick-up basketball games.
Big weekend series with No. 3 TCU for Arizona State baseball, and coach Tracy Smith wants to see more out of pitcher Brett Lilek, notes Jeff Metcalfe. A starter, Lilek threw just 4.2 innings in the opener against Oklahoma State.
Looking a little further down the line, USC baseball will be featured in the Dodger Stadium College Baseball Classic March 8. UCLA, Vanderbilt and TCU will also be there.