Roundup: Washington is a surprise team in the Pac-12
Kyle Ringo of Yahoo Sports notes that Washington men’s basketball is a surprise team in the Pac-12. The Huskies, picked to finish 11th in the conference preseason poll, are leading the league with a 5-1 record after dispatching of Colorado 95-83 Wednesday. Andrew Andrews ate last night, dropping 33 on the Buffs in large thanks to hitting 16 of 17 free throws.
Early miscues hurt Colorado in its loss to Washington, as Pat Rooney notes that the Buffs turned it over 16 times, 12 in the first half alone.
Jack Wang breaks down UCLA’s 82-73 win at Oregon State Wednesday night, the Bruins’ first conference road triumph this season.
Here’s the Associated Press’ preview of the USC-Oregon men’s basketball game Thursday night in Eugene (6 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Networks).
That’s the first game of a double-header on Pac-12 Networks, with Arizona-Stanford providing the nightcap at 8 p.m. PT/9 p.m. MT. Tom FitzGerald of the San Francisco Chronicle tells us that Stanford is trying to snap an 11-game losing skid against the Wildcats. Stanford hasn’t defeated the ‘Cats since 2009, back when yours truly was still a student manager for the Card.
Meanwhile, Sam Vecenie of CBS Sports believes that Arizona is back among the elite after weathering some early-season injuries. The 15-3 Wildcats certainly looked impressive in dispatching the Washington schools at home by an average of 28 points per game last weekend.
On the other side of the Bay, Cal basketball is starting life without Tyrone Wallace, who is out four to six weeks with a broken wrist. Sam Singer will replace the team’s leading scorer in the lineup and will try to help the Bears to a victory Thursday night against Arizona State (6 p.m. PT/7 p.m. MT, FOX Sports 1).
Doug Haller believes that Arizona State men’s basketball needs to regain its identity. Defense has been an issue for the Sun Devils – Pac-12 opponents are shooting 51 percent form 2-point range and 47 percent from 3-point range against Arizona State (thanks for compiling the stats, Doug).
Kyle Goon wants us to know that Utah men’s basketball will try to steal a road win at Washington State (8 p.m. PT/9 p.m. MT, FOX Sports 1). The Utes, 2-3 in Pac-12 play, need to get a few road wins to get back into the conference race (not to mention protect home court).
Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens has been added to the College Football Playoff selection committee, the College Football Playoff announced Thursday.
Jeff Collier of CougCenter chimes in with this piece on Washington State women’s basketball being on the bubble for the NCAA tournament. ESPN bracketologist Charlie Creme has the 12-6, 3-4 Cougars as one of his first four teams out.
Beavers fans should put on their Pats hats Sunday, because former Oregon State running back Steven Jackson is one win away from his first Super Bowl (Geoffrey C. Arnold of The Oregonian/OregonLive on the link). Former Beav Ryan Murphy is on the Broncos’ practice squad.
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