Roundup: Arizona's potential path to the Final Four
Tourney time is here, folks. Three Pac-12 teams are going dancing on the men’s side, and we’ll begin with regular season and tourney champ Arizona, which is seeded fourth in the South and opens up against 13th-seeded Buffalo. Bruce Pascoe takes a look at Arizona’s potential Final Four path to San Antonio.
The strength of its November and December schedule got Arizona State into a First Four game against Syracuse on Wednesday, with the winner getting the right to take on sixth-seeded TCU.
The Bruins are also in the First Four, taking on fellow No. 11 seed St. Bonaventure for a shot at No. 6 Florida, and in this Thuc Nhi Nguyen-produced video, head coach Steve Alford expresses his surprise by the Bruins’ seeding.
Los Angeles Times columnist Bill Plaschke believes that USC got jobbed by the NCAA Tournament selection committee for not getting an invite to the Big Dance. The women’s basketball team is one of eight teams in the hunt for the final four at-large bids in the women’s tournament, so this could be a very unhappy week in Troy.
There are also five Pac-12 teams going to the NIT – USC, Oregon, Utah, Stanford and Washington. As far as the Utes are concerned, they will host UC Davis in the first round of the NIT as the No. 2 seed on their side of the bracket (The Salt Lake Tribune).
Former Washington men’s basketball head coach and Arizona assistant Lorenzo Romar has been named the head coach at Pepperdine, the school announced Monday morning. Romar was the head coach at Pepperdine from 1996-99, leading the Waves to an NIT berth in 1999.
Former Stanford football star and ex-Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman signed a three-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers worth up to $39.15 million with incentives, ESPN reports. #ShermInTheBay, as he told Josina Anderson.
Oregon softball pitcher Megan Kleist threw her second straight no-hitter to lead the Ducks to a 6-0 triumph over Montana on Saturday in Eugene.
The NCAA suspended Oregon State baseball coach Pat Casey for four games for making contact with an umpire during Friday night’s game against Cal State Fullerton. He already didn’t coach the last two games of the Fullerton series, so he will miss the first two games of the Beavers’ conference-opening series at Cal next weekend.
Our Jill Savage caught up with Cal rugby’s Robert Paylor, who returned to Cal for the first time since being paralyzed from the chest down from an on-field accident last year.
Mark Sandritter of CougCenter takes a trip down memory lane to reminisce about Washington State men’s basketball’s last trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2008, when the Cougars made it to the Sweet 16. There’s a YouTube link to the Cougars’ second-round victory over Notre Dame in the CougCenter link. Gus Johnson on the call!
Brian Howell features Colorado safety Nick Fisher, who is gearing up for his final year in Boulder and looking to nab a starting role in 2018.