Roundup: Arizona State students cheer UNC on to national title
Well it turns out there was a pretty big Pac-12 presence at the men’s basketball national championship game last night after all, as UNC filled out its student section with Arizona State students and made them wear Tar Heel school colors (For The Win). Hey, it's better than Arizona winning a natty, right?
This is cool to see – Jordan Bell was welcomed back to the Oregon campus with great support from people around the university, and Yahoo Sports has a little writeup on it.
Kyle Boone of CBS Sports reports that Nike is interested in signing Lonzo Ball, just probably not at the $1 billion asking price of his father, LaVar. Maybe the Big Ballers Brand needs to get into the shoe game.
Lya Wodraska tells us that Utah gymnastics will start the NCAA Championships on the vault, which is considered a favorable rotation for reasons that I’m sure gymnastics fans in the know are well-versed in.
Cal Olympic gold medalist Ryan Murphy was named Pac-12 Men’s Swimmer of the Year for the third time in his career. He won two NCAA titles in the backstroke this year to help lead the Golden Bears to a second-place team finish at the NCAA championships
Oregon State infielder Nick Madrigal was named Pac-12 Baseball Player of the Week, the conference announced Monday. He helped the Beavs beat Saint Mary’s and sweep Stanford by hitting .400 in the four games, as the top-ranked Beavers have won a school-record 19 straight games.
Washington’s Miki Kobayashi was named Pac-12 Women’s Tennis Player of the Week after picking up singles wins against UCLA and USC.
With the Masters this weekend, we’re coming up on the 20th anniversary of Tiger Woods’ dominant performance for the ages, and Tiger has written a book on his 1997 Masters experience entitled The 1997 Masters: My Story (USA TODAY Sports). Click the link to hear about how he ate Arby’s with his friends every night.
Web snack from last weekend – Arizona softball player Jessie Harper shattered a Pac-12 Networks camera with a foul ball smoked off her bat (Arizona Desert Swarm). Nice camera work, Tito Villasenor!
After suffering their first loss of the season to No. 5 Stony Brook, Colorado women’s lacrosse is ranked sixth in the IWLCA Coaches’ poll (BuffZone.com). The 11-1 Buffs were ranked fourth before the loss.
Zach Helfand of the Los Angeles Times tells us that USC wide receiver Deontay Burnett is tearing it up in spring practice thus far for the Trojans. The top returning option at receiver for USC is a “shut-up-and-work guy,” as head coach Clay Helton puts it.
Despite a grand salami from outfielder Justin Harrer, Washington State baseball lost to Pacific 14-8 on Monday in Stockton, dropping the Cougs to 14-12 overall.
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