Roundup: Oregon men, Oregon State women into Sweet 16
A disappointing weekend was capped off by a positive note with Oregon defeating Saint Joseph’s Sunday night. The only Pac-12 men’s basketball team moving on to the Sweet 16, Oregon “danced ugly” to get to the second weekend of the tournament, writes John Canzano.
The only other Pac-12 team to make it to the second round on the men’s side, Utah, got rocked by Gonzaga 82-59 Saturday night. Kyle Goon believes that Utah has to start looking for answers to tough questions after the blowout defeat.
The outlook is a lot brighter on the women’s side of things, as Oregon State has already punched a Sweet 16 ticket and three more teams have chances to do so Monday night. Gina Mizell captures the mood of the evening inside Gill Coliseum during the Beavers’ 69-40 trouncing of St. Bonaventure in the second round.
The only Pac-12 team eliminated in the women’s bracket is Arizona State, which was upset by Tennessee 75-64 Sunday night. Jeff Metcalfe on the recap here.
Stanford can join the Beavs in the Sweet 16 by defeating South Dakota State Monday night (6 p.m. PT/7 p.m. MT, ESPN2), and Elliott Almond features Stanford guard Marta Sniezek in this article for the San Jose Mercury News. The freshman Sniezek, who had to take on a bigger role in the family when her mother was diagnosed with cancer of the blood and bone marrow, has 22 assists against just one turnover over her last two games.
After knocking off Penn 65-53 on Saturday, Washington women’s basketball is eager for the challenge that is No. 2 Maryland in the second round, writes Ian Quillen for The Seattle Times. Dawgs and Terps tip at 3:30 p.m. PT/4:30 p.m. MT on ESPN2.
UCLA men’s basketball coach Steve Alford returned the contract extension he received after the 2013-14 season and wrote a letter to fans explaining his decision to do so. You thought you were upset about this season, Bruin fan? Well Alford wasn’t too happy about going 15-17 and coaching a defense that finished outside of the top 100 nationally.
After a tumultuous week capped by an upset loss to Hawai’i in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Connor Letourneau asks what’s next for Cal basketball?
Pat Rooney pens this piece on Colorado men’s basketball translating “promise into production” next season. Boyle and the Buffs fully expect to be back in the Big Dance in 2017.
Likewise, USC men’s basketball is expected to be a major player next season, writes Zach Helfand of the Los Angeles Times. There figures to be a ton of talent returning from this year’s team that lost to Providence in the first round.
This is pretty tight – former Washington State safety Taylor Tailulu produced music for a Seattle Mariners commercial. He goes by “Tay Ali” in the rap game.
From late last week – a fan bull rushed a lineman at an open Arizona football practice (Robby Kalland, CBS Sports). RichRod isn’t holding a traditional spring game this year, instead opting to let fans participate in practice.