Roundup: USC-UCLA renew hardwood rivalry Wednesday night

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USC

Ben Bolch and Zach Helfand of the Los Angeles Times get us ready for the USC-UCLA men’s basketball showdown Wednesday night (8 p.m. PT/9 p.m. MT, FOX Sports 1). This is a big one to wrap up the first half of conference play

Washington

Washington hoopers Chantel Osahor and Kelsey Plum were named to the Ann Meyers Drysdale Midseason Watch List (best player in women’s college basketball), it was announced Tuesday. Osahor leads the nation in rebounding, while Plum leads the nation in scoring.

Arizona

The folks at the Arizona Daily Star tell us that former Arizona athletic department officials Cedric Dempsey and Kathleen “Rocky” LaRose will help Arizona pick its new athletic director. Greg Byrne is leaving Arizona Feb. 1 to start his role as the AD at Alabama.

UCLA

The Pac-12, NCAA and UCLA are hosting a conference on sport-related concussion Friday on the campus of UCLA. Click the Pac-12 press release to learn more about it.

Oregon

Dennis Dodd spends this article pondering whether or not Willie Taggart can bring Oregon football back to its glory days under Chip Kelly. Things have gotten off to a rocky start in the Taggart era with the strength and conditioning coach getting suspended after three players ended up in the hospital doing offseason workouts and the co-offensive coordinator being booked for a DUI.

California

Jon Wilner breaks down Cal’s financial troubles. The athletic department lost close to $22 million in the 2016 fiscal year, he notes.

Stanford

Big move on the golf equipment front – Tiger Woods is joining TaylorMade in a multi-year deal (USA TODAY Sports). Woods, who is scheduled to tee off Wednesday morning at the Farmers Insurance Open, has been a Nike guy forever.

Utah

Kareem Copeland of the Associated Press writes that Utah men’s basketball is looking for a signature win against Oregon when the Runnin’ Utes and 10th-ranked Ducks do battle Thursday night in Salt Lake City.

Washington State

Jeff Collier of CougCenter fills us in on the losing streaks Washington State men’s basketball will try to end at Arizona – the Cougs haven’t beaten the 'Cats since 2010, Ernie Kent hasn’t defeated Arizona since 2008, Washington State hasn’t defeated a top-10 team since 2007 and the Cougs haven’t won on a Thursday in two years (word?).

Oregon State

Uh-oh – Oregon State football assistant coaches T.J. Woods and Chad Kauha’aha’a were stuck in an elevator during a recruiting trip, Andrew Nemec of The Oregonian/OregonLive informs. They’re out of the elevator now, fortunately.

Arizona State

Chip Patterson of CBS Sports gives us what you need to know about former Arizona State offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey taking over as the OC at Auburn.

Colorado

David Lombardi passes out his 2016 season grades for Colorado football, handing out an A- for the Buffs’ 10-4 overall effort.

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