Roundup: Stanford men's soccer wins NCAA title
No.1 for the program, No. 108 for the school and No. 480 for the conference – Stanford men’s soccer won the NCAA title Sunday by blowing out Clemson 4-0 in Kansas City behind two goals from Jordan Morris. Stanford has now won at least one national title in 40 consecutive academic years. (makes up for another Stanford player finishing second in Heisman voting).
Following a major-league donation from the Oklahoma City Thunder superstar, UCLA basketball will name its practice court after Russell Westbrook. His donation will be formally recognized when the Bruins play Arizona on Jan. 7 in Pauley – you’ll get free eyeglass frames to commemorate Russell if you show up.
Because it is never too early to look ahead, Zac Ellis of Sports Illustrated believes that Oregon running back Royce Freeman is a 2016 Heisman Trophy candidate. Christian McCaffrey also gets a nod in this article.
Top-ranked USC women’s volleyball lost in the Elite Eight to Kansas in five sets in heartbreaking fashion. The Trojans rallied back from a 2-0 set deficit to take a 13-9 lead in the fifth set but dropped the final six points of the match to lose the fifth 15-13.
Also, Washington women’s volleyball lost in the Elite Eight to Nebraska in four sets, leaving the Pac-12 out of the women’s volleyball Final Four – Kansas, Nebraska, Texas and Minnesota are headed to Omaha.
Oregon State men’s basketball might have lost to Kansas Saturday, but you will not be disappointed if you watch this Gary Payton II dunk over Cheick Diallo. In the words of Marv Albert, with authority!
Colorado men’s basketball is continuing to gain momentum, writes Pat Rooney of BuffZone.com. The Buffs have now won eight straight after taking down BYU Saturday night and are currently No. 15 in the RPI.
Arizona basketball freshman Allonzo Trier is stepping up after a pep talk from coach Sean Miller, notes John Marshall of the Associated Press. The ‘Cats blew out Missouri on Pac-12 Networks Sunday night, getting 15 points on just seven shots from the protagonist of this link.
Watch “Pac-12 Sports Report” Monday night at 9 p.m. PT/10 p.m. MT on Pac-12 Network to see more of this feature on Arizona State basketball’s Gerry Blakes dealing with the loss of his mom and sister.
Not only do these guys have to get ready for a bowl game, but Utah and BYU players are also dealing with finals week as they prepare for the Las Vegas Bowl, writes Matthew Piper of The Salt Lake Tribune. It’s a good look at how programs deal with bowl games right after finals.
Time to Czech out Jacob Thorpe’s feature on Washington State QB Luke Falk’s mother, Analee. Good reading material here.
David Lombardi reviews the 2015 Cal football season, opining that it was a step in the right direction but not satisfying because the Golden Bears were unable to beat any of the major players in the Pac-12.