Roundup: Champions crowned in the conference of champions
Congratulations are in order for Arizona for winning the Pac-12 regular-season title outright by defeating Stanford 79-66 Sunday night. The game really wasn’t as close as the final score indicated, and the Wildcats were so impressive that Rob Dauster of College Basketball Talk believes Arizona looks like a national title contender again.
Kudos to Cal women’s swimming and diving for winning the 2014 Pac-12 championship for the second time in three years.
Before playing a ranked Arizona State squad in the regular-season finale, Steve Gress of the Corvallis Gazette Times thought Oregon State women’s basketball had shown they belong in the NCAA tournament, a party it hadn’t been invited to in 18 years. Then the Beavers routed Arizona State to finish tied for second in the Pac-12 and enter the Pac-12 tourney on a nine-game winning streak. Scott Rueck has my vote for Pac-12 Coach of the Year- heck of a coaching talent. Oh, and Oregon State won its third straight Pac-12 wrestling title, so it was a pretty good day for Corvallis folk.
Great, great, great story from Brian Hamilton of SI on how the Utah basketball team found a friend and mentor in 8-year-old Mac Brennan, who is currently fighting leukemia and regularly attends Utah basketball practices (his father, Kyle, is the associate AD for administration at “The U”).
Stanford was unable to secure a road victory in its UA/ASU swing, and Jeff Eisenberg of Yahoo Sports writes that a lost weekend in Arizona leaves Stanford with work to do to get into the NCAA tournament.
We’ve linked to it before the fact, and now a link on Max Wittek’s visit to Hawai’i after the fact from College Football Talk. Sounds like he went to a volleyball game.
UCLA did not play to Steve Alford’s liking in the first half, falling behind Oregon State 38-29 going into the break. That’s when Alford took off his jacket and chewed out his team, which seemed to work because UCLA ended up defeating the Beavers 74-69 and Chris Foster of the LA Times writes that Alford’s coat was a call to arms.
Thanks to Oregon’s late surge, the Pac-12 is poised to earn a historic NCAA tournament haul with seven teams being projected to make the field of 68 as of now by CBS’ Jerry Palm. Ducks got the sweep of the LA schools on the road to put themselves seriously in the conversation, and then some.
Boyle’s Boys were unable to get it done at Utah Saturday, and Brian Howell of the Daily Camera believes that the Buffs lack leadership in tough moments. Utes had a huge 23-2 surge to take over the contest.
The Sun Devils got the home sweep of the Bay schools over the weekend, and Jahii Carson has reaffirmed his decision to leave school after this year, saying “this is the right time for me to go.”
The Dawgs have been on a roll in their last two games, most recently blowing out rival Washington State Friday night, but the Seattle Times’ Percy Allen ponders if it’s too little, too late for the Huskies.