Roundup: Sweet 16 time
Get your popcorn ready, folks, because all three Pac-12 teams in the Sweet 16 of the men’s tourney play Thursday night. The fun starts with No. 10 Stanford vs. No. 11 Dayton, and veteran columnist Mark Purdy writes that Stanford’s players and coaches have evolved into a Sweet 16 team. Game is at 4:15 p.m. PT on CBS.
UCLA gets top-seeded Florida, and Matt Norlander of CBS Sports tells us why Kyle Anderson is the kind of player college hoops rarely sees. Let’s start off with the fact that he’s a 6-9’ point guard. This one follows Dayton-Stanford at approximately 6:45 p.m. on CBS.
Arizona-San Diego State is the Pac-12 nightcap in Anaheim (7:17 p.m. PT, TBS) in what is the second meeting between the schools this year (Arizona won in San Diego earlier this season). Here’s a pretty cool off-the-court story from Daniel Berk on how Rondae Hollis-Jefferson found a brother forever on the Arizona football team in Will Parks. Both grew up in the surrounding Philly area. And here’s an Arizona-San Diego State game preview from the great Kevin Zimmerman of Pac-12.com and Arizona Desert Swarm.
In NIT news, the Golden Bears’ bid for a (Madison Square) Garden party fell just short against SMU. Cal held a lead until Nic Moore’s three with 6.5 seconds left gave the Mustangs the 67-65 victory.
While the Ducks are out of the dance this year, Oregon has the building materials to make a return trip to the NCAA tourney in 2015.
A round of applause for Washington State sophomore Junior Longrus being named Pac-12 All-Academic in men’s basketball.
Oh hey, did you know that Scott Rueck is among eight finalists for National Coach of the Year in women’s hoops? He was named Russell Athletic/WBCA Region 8 Coach of the Year as well. Well deserved.
Speaking of women’s hoops, congrats to Washington for advancing to the WNIT Elite Eight with a win over USD. The Dawgs edged the WCC school 62-55, and Kelsey Plum surpassed the 700-point mark for the season (#Gucci).
Sparky must be talking some diamond junk to Wilbur because in Wednesday night baseball, Arizona State rallied to crush Arizona 14-6 after trailing 6-1.
I’ll tell ya this much: Colorado QB Sefo Liufau is impressing so far in spring workouts. And by “I’ll tell ya,” I mean Irv Moss of the Denver Post will tell ya.
By the sound of it, USC tailback Tre Madden is getting his legs under him again.
It’s pretty simple on the Salt Lake City gridiron, and defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake says Utah knows what it must do: win.