Leading for the majority of the contest, Cal saw its dream season come to a conclusion with a 64-57 loss to Louisville in a national semifinal matchup Sunday evening in New Orleans.
With murderer's row Pac-12 schedules looming for the league's baseball clubs, non-conference play is giving observers a good gauge of the pulse of western teams. As always, there's no shortage of variety as far as styles of play go among the Pac-12's group. Within just two weeks, these contrasting styles will be jockeying for position in the conference standings. For now, though, here's the vibe emanating from non-conference play:
It wasn't easy, but No. 16 Oregon maintained its stranglehold on first place in the Pac-12 with a 68-61 comeback win over Washington State Wednesday night. The Ducks were in a 10-point hole at halftime, but managed to dig themselves out with clutch shooting from E.J. Singler and some explosive plays from Carlos Emory, like this emphatic one-handed dunk.
Tuesday Tape Room is Pac-12 Networks football analyst (and former USC assistant coach) Yogi Roth’s chance to break down tape in search of details worth focusing on — similar to what’s happening in team meetings throughout the conference today.
There were many plays that stood out during the second annual Pac-12 Football Championship Game, as both Stanford and UCLA were in relentless pursuit of a competitive edge. While breaking down the film of their matchup I often found myself leaning toward the screen to watch each team play with discipline, focus and desire.
Four key conference football games will be on Pac-12 Networks this Saturday, including three that feature top 20 teams: No. 4 Oregon, No. 7 Oregon State and No. 17 Stanford. The games are:
Arizona State's Chelsea Cassulo won the NCAA women's hammer throw title to highlight the first day of action at the NCAA track and field championships in Eugene. The competition continues Thursday and runs through Saturday.
The Oregon State football team made national news last Saturday first for beating UCLA on the road [highlights], then celebrating with 200 double doubles at a local In-N-Out burger. Here coach Mike Riley explains how the trip came about:
It was another rainy day in Urbana, Illinois as the University of Illinois continues to host a wet championship.
UCLA is ranked No. 9 in the nation and coming off a trip to the NCAA College Cup, but Pac-12 Networks men's soccer analyst Cobi Jones doesn't necessarily think the Bruins are the slam-dunk favorite to win the conference title this season.
The frontrunner may be chaos.
The Pac-12 race commences Friday with a pair of games, including the opener between UCLA and Stanford on the Pac-12 Networks at 4 p.m., and Jones says the race is wide open right now.