Roundup: On to the Pac-12 tourney quarterfinals
Nothing but close games Wednesday in Las Vegas at the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament, and it started off with Arizona State outlasting Stanford in overtime. Connor Pelton of House of Sparky gives us the details.
Another one of the highlights of the day was Colorado erasing a 19-point deficit to defeat Washington State 73-63 (AP recap).
Here are the Pac-12 Networks highlights of USC slipping past Washington 78-73. The Dawgs put up a serious fight even without Markelle Fultz, but it’s the Trojans who are off to the quarterfinals to face UCLA.
Rusty Simmons tells us how Cal was able to get past Oregon State in his game recap. Probably a little too close for comfort for Bears fans. Bonus link from California Golden Blogs, as that site highlights Stephen Domingo’s solid play against the Beavers (scroll down a few grafs). Now a win against Utah could potentially get Cal into the field of 68.
Oregon State is now focused on next season after wrapping up the 2016-17 campaign with a first-round conference tourney loss to Cal, writes Tyson Alger of The Oregonian/OregonLive.
Alger also notes that Oregon is rested heading into its quarterfinal game against Arizona State, while the Sun Devils had to exert extra energy to stave off Stanford. The Sun Devils nearly beat Oregon in Eugene, though, so this won’t be a cakewalk for the tourney’s top seed.
Check out this Bleacher Report feature of UCLA’s Lonzo Ball. A lot of talk about his unorthodox shooting form, and a great look into the dynamics between LaVar and his three sons. Very well-written.
Kyle Goon features Utah men’s basketball forward Kyle Kuzma in this piece, noting how he has learned how to take criticism.
He didn’t play, but Markelle Fultz hit a shot from the T-Mobile Arena stands before the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament started. In the words of Mike Breen, Baaaaaaaannnnngggg!!!
In this Arizona Daily Star video, Greg Hansen explains how it was Sean Miller’s ability to persevere through adversity that got him conference coach of the year honors.
Citing a Pro Football Focus report, Jon Becker of The Mercury News notes that Christian McCaffrey significantly helped his NFL Draft stock at the NFL Scouting Combine. Dude ran a sub-4.5 40 and beasted the 3-cone drill.
Catch Washington State coach Ernie Kent’s comments on Josh Hawkinson being named Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
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