Roundup: Tourney time for women's hoops
It’s the best time of the year – tourney time! The Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament kicks off Thursday morning at 11:30 a.m. PT in Seattle with No. 7 Washington State playing No. 10 Oregon, so check out the Washington State game notes for the Pac-12 Tournament. All games on Thursday, Friday and Saturday can be seen on the Pac-12 Networks.
The Buffs had some troubles against USC in the regular season (losing by a combined 35 points over two games), but Colorado women’s basketball wants to turn the tables on USC in the Pac-12 Tournament, writes Brian Howell. No. 9 Colorado and No. 8 USC at 6 p.m. PT/7 p.m. MT.
Utah holds the No. 12 seed, but the Utes have hopes of repeating history in the first round against No. 5 Washington (8:30 p.m. PT/9:30 p.m. MT) because they beat the Dawgs in February.
On the men’s side, there was a hotly contested battle in Corvallis Wednesday night, with Oregon edging out Oregon State 65-62. Here’s a glance back at Oregon’s win over Oregon State courtesy of The Oregonian.
Despite the loss, it was a really classy move by Wayne Tinkle to start five walk-ons against Oregon. The Beavers didn’t have any seniors, so Tinkle rewarded the guys who helped fill up the roster.
Nice win for UCLA over USC (85-74) Wednesday night, and Steve Alford talked about the win and the Bruins’ postseason outlook after the game. It was also nice to see Norman Powell get a standing ovation on senior night. Lastly, read this feature by Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post on Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook because the former Bruin has four consecutive triple-doubles, something that hasn’t been done since MJ did it in 1989.
It was a rough conference start to the season for the Forks, but Arizona State is still in the hunt for the No. 5 seed for the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament, Jack Magruder of FOX Sports Arizona points out. However, this link is more about Jonathan Gilling and what he has been able to do in his Sun Devil career. Arizona State hosts Stanford Thursday night (8 p.m. PT/9 p.m. MT, FOX Sports 1).
As the Wildcats gear up to host Cal Thursday night (6 p.m. PT, ESPN), Arizona basketball forward Brandon Ashley wants to finish what he considers an “up-and-down” season on a high note, according to Steve Rivera.
Meanwhile, Cal basketball is out to get revenge on the Arizona schools, as the Sun Devils and Wildcats beat the Golden Bears by a combined 58 points in Berkeley.
Washington men’s basketball hosts Colorado Thursday night (6 p.m. PT/7 p.m. MT, FOX Sports 1), but Shawn Kemp Jr. will not play due to a calf injury, reports Christian Caple.
USC men’s swimming leads after the first day of the Pac-12 Men’s Swimming Championships, but Cal is not far behind in second.
Nice feature from David Lombardi on Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan entering his final season on The Farm.
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