Roundup: Oregon-UCLA could be a season-defining game
Huge men’s basketball game at Pauley Pavilion tonight. How huge? Tyson Alger thinks Oregon-UCLA could be a Pac-12 defining game. The Ducks are two games up on UCLA in the Pac-12 standings and beat them in a thriller to start the conference season in Eugene.
Speaking of which, UCLA is hoping to get some payback for that last-second loss at Oregon, writes Clay Fowler of the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. That 89-87 defeat was the first loss of the season for the Bruins.
Steve Gress of the Corvallis Gazette-Times reports that the Pac-12 women’s basketball title is likely going through Corvallis. The Beavs have a one-game lead over Stanford and Washington for first place and hold a two-game lead over UCLA, and both the Cardinal and Bruins roll through Gill Coliseum in the coming weeks.
Former Cal football coach Sonny Dykes has joined the TCU staff as an offensive analyst and consultant. Dykes went 19-30 in his four years in Berkeley and is now back in his home state.
Adam Jude writes that Washington football’s 2015 recruiting class could be one of the best in school history. It’s a class that features quarterback Jake Browning, running back Myles Gaskin and offensive tackle Trey Adams, all of whom were first-team All-Pac-12 selections in 2016.
Stanford women’s basketball forward Erica McCall was named to the Wooden Award Late Season Top 20 list. Leading the team with 15.9 points, 8.3 boards and 1.5 blocks per game, McCall is also of 30 players still up for the Naismith Women’s College Player of the Year award.
Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports that Derrick Williams is signing a 10-day contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The former Wildcat and No. 2 pick of the 2011 NBA Draft was recently waived by the Miami Heat. Also, Allonzo Trier scored 22 points to help lead Arizona to a 74-67 win over Stanford Wednesday night in Tucson (Associated Press).
USC golfers Rico Hoey and Sean Crocker were named to the 2017 Ben Hogan Award watch list, it was announced Wednesday. They are two of six Pac-12 men’s golfers on the watch list. Joey Kaufman of the Los Angeles Daily News writes that Bennie Boatwright is happy to be playing again for USC men’s basketball. He missed 15 games over nine weeks due to an MCL sprain but roared back into action by dropping in 23 points against Washington.
Arizona State men’s basketball scored a season low in its 68-43 loss to Cal Wednesday night in Tempe, notes Jeff Metcalfe. The Sun Devils were completely flummoxed by Cal’s zone, shooting just 3-of-25 from downtown.
Jacob Thorpe writes that Washington State men’s basketball wants to be more competitive against Utah this time around. The Utes thrashed the Cougs 88-47 in Pullman earlier this year.
Kurt Kragthorpe whips up this feature on former Utah basketball center David Foster, who is currently playing in the D-League for the Los Angeles D-Fenders. He was plagued by injuries during his Ute career and is averaging about three points and three rebounds per game this year in the D-League.
Pat Rooney gives us this quick blurb on the Colorado and Denver basketball teams competing in the Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge.