Pac-12 enjoys unreal Saturday of action from titles to perfection
SALT LAKE CITY - As noted TV analyst Bill Walton would say, there are no truck stops in the Conference of Champions.
If you were to point to one specific day on the calendar to prove that point, we may long remember Saturday, March 21, 2015 as that date.
Between a handful of NCAA basketball tournament wins, a dramatic Pac-12 Gymnastics Championship, a national championship in "Bear Territory" and perfection in Corvallis, the action around the Pac-12 was simply crazy on Saturday.
Here's a look at everything that kept the conference busy today.
UCLA defeats UAB to advance to Sweet 16
UCLA forward Kevon Looney tallied his 15th double-double today, tops among all freshmen in the country. pic.twitter.com/WRRuQ398Rf
— UCLA Basketball (@UCLAMBB) March 21, 2015
Tony Parker scored a career-high 28 points for the Bruins as 11-seed UCLA continued their run through March Madness with a commanding 92-75 victory over the UAB Blazers. They'll take on either Gonzaga or Iowa in Houston next week.
Arizona stomps Ohio State, advances to third straight Sweet 16
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It's off to Los Angeles for the 2-seed Wildcats after a 73-58 thumping of Ohio State. Gabe York was the hero for Arizona, sinking five three-pointers en route to 19 points. Their next battle will come Thursday against Xavier.
California women's swimming national title in dominating fashion
How about those new national championship t-shirts! pic.twitter.com/Gcea6qnTLE
— Cal W Swim/Dive (@CalWSwim) March 22, 2015
The Golden Bears blew 2nd-place Georgia out of the water - literaly and figuratively - with a commanding 513 points to capture the program's 4th national championship since 2009. California was led as always by sophomore Missy Franklin, who won the third of her three individual national titles on Saturday in the 200 freestyle.
Arizona State rolls Ohio in NCAA tournament first round
ASU WINS! The Devils move on to the second round of the NCAA tournament and will face No. 11 seed UALR on Mon. at WFA at 6pm! #ncaaW
— Sun Devil WBB (@SunDevilWBB) March 22, 2015
Behind a career-high 23 points from Katie Hempen, the homestanding Sun Devils rolled over Ohio 74-55 in a first round game at Wells Fargo Arena. Next up for the Devils is Arkansas Little-Rock with a trip to the Sweet 16 on the line.
Stanford rallies to advance past CSU Northridge
— Stanford WBB (@StanfordWBB) March 22, 2015
Despite being down by six early in the 2nd half, the Stanford Cardinal were sparked by a run driven by Lili Thompson and Taylor Greenfield to earn a 73-60 opening round win over Northridge. The victory was Tara VanDerveer's 800th as the team's head coach.
Oregon State's Drew Rasmussen throws perfect game
Before Saturday, no Beavers pitcher had never gone 27 up and 27 down. But that's exactly what OSU freshman Drew Rasmussen did in just the 5th start of his college career. Rasmussen struck out 10 Washington State batters en route to 4th perfect game in Pac-12 history and the first since 1973.
Utah continues Pac-12 momentum into Sweet 16
The Utes can taste it pic.twitter.com/maYGdc7q0A
— March Madness TV (@MarchMadnessTV) March 22, 2015
In an up-and-down affair, the Utah Utes clinched its first trip to the Sweet 16 since 2005 with a 75-64 victory over Georgetown. The win moved the Pac-12 to 7-0 in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament so far.
Red Rocks claim back-to-back Pac-12 championships
In front of a record crowd on their home campus, Utah surged to another Pac-12 gymnastics championship behind all-around Pac-12 champion Georgia Dabritz.
#BackThePac movement comes back strong, trends on Twitter nationwide
This speaks for itself. The passion and pride that the schools and fans have in the Conference of Champions surged to a fever pitch late Saturday evening, sending #BackThePac as high as the #6 trend on Twitter across the United States.
- Arizona Men's Basketball
- Arizona State Women's Basketball
- California Women's Swimming & Diving
- Oregon State Baseball
- Stanford Women's Basketball
- UCLA Men's Basketball
- Utah Men's Basketball
- Utah Women's Gymnastics
- Arizona State
- Oregon State
- Men's Basketball
- Women's Basketball
- Women's Gymnastics
- Women's Swimming & Diving
- Pac-12 Conference