Roundup: Wyking Jones formally introduced as Cal men's basketball coach
Here’s the Associated Press piece on Wyking Jones being introduced as Cal men’s basketball head coach. The former assistant to Rick Pitino, Steve Alford and Cuonzo Martin has gotten rave reviews from Cal players and administrators.
Oregon State men’s basketball players Drew Eubanks and Stephen Thompson Jr. are declaring for the NBA Draft, Danny Moran reports. Neither of the two will hire an agent, meaning they can still return to Corvallis.
ESPN’s (and our very own) Michelle Smith gives us this article on sisters Karlie and Katie Lou Samuelson playing at the Final Four, Karlie for Stanford and Katie Lou for UConn. Can we get an all-Samuelson final? It’s possible.
Washington State lost to Georgia Tech 69-61 in the WNIT semifinals, and the Yellow Jackets will now play Michigan for the NIT title. Kudos to the Cougs for an incredible postseason run.
Arizona softball pitcher Danielle O’Toole was named espnW National Player of the Week, and here’s the Graham Hays write-up on the subject. Get this, O’Toole is a whopping 16-1 with a miniscule 0.69 ERA (fifth in the nation).
Cinderella run to the Elite 8 as a No. 10 seed in the rear view, the underdog days are likely over for Oregon women’s basketball, writes Ryan Thorburn of The Register-Guard. Expect a bigger target on the Duckies’ backs next season.
Kyle Goon tells us that neighbors are concerned about the impact of Utah’s proposed expanded baseball practice field into a renovated stadium, as the athletic department is in the early stages of formulating a plan to bring the baseball team’s home games to campus instead of renting Smith Ballpark for home dates.
Colorado men’s basketball will play Denver next season for the first time in 10 years, Pat Rooney reports. The Pioneers are coached by former CU assistant Rodney Billups. The Buffs will also play fellow in-state schools Northern Colorado and Air Force at home while visiting Colorado State.
Look, I know that I keep on giving you Russell Westbrook links for the UCLA section of the roundup, but he keeps on doing unreal stuff on the court. Wednesday night against the Orlando Magic, Westbrook went for 57 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists in a 114-106 overtime win, scoring the most points in a triple-double in NBA history (NBA.com).
Hayley Slye of SportTechie describes how Arizona State and Intel created an “Internet of Things” Network in Sun Devil Stadium. This is pretty cool- you know how jumbotrons will show a noise meter with made-up measurements? Well ASU as able to collect sound data from the fans via sensors and put the info on the scoreboard as a sound meter. The loudest fan section got a push notification from the ASU app on their phones, per Slye. Legit.
Good news – Washington linebacker Azeem Victor has been practicing this spring after breaking his leg in the loss to USC last November. Adam Jude has more details.
Scott Wolf writes that Sam Darnold and a youthful bunch of USC receivers are going through growing pains in the spring. Through seven spring practices, Darnold has thrown six interceptions, as opposed to just two in a combined 70 prior spring and fall training camp practices.