Roundup: Stanford women one win away from Final Four
Heartbreaking way for the Wildcats to end their season with a one-point OT loss to the Wisconsin Badgers in the Elite Eight. If you ask Bruce Pascoe, there are some wounds that won’t heal easily after a loss like that. Also, it’s almost certain that Aaron Gordon has played his last game for Arizona, as he is likely to declare for the NBA draft, according to CBS Sports.
Not all is lost for the Pac-12 in NCAA basketball tournaments, however, because Stanford advanced to the Elite Eight in the women’s bracket with an 82-57 pasting of Penn State behind 29 points and 15 boards from Chiney Ogwumike. Despite Ogwumike’s performance, Stanford showed it has a star and much more in the win, according to Ann Killion.
The only other Pac-12 basketball team still playing is Mike Neighbors’ Washington Huskies, who travel to UTEP for a chance at the WNIT Final Four. UW plays UTEP Monday night at 6 p.m. PT. UTEP eliminated Colorado 68-60 Friday night in El Paso.
Speaking of Colorado, let’s grade the Buffs’ men’s basketball season with Brian Howell.
With Boise State giving Leon Rice a raise to remain in Idaho, Rice is officially out of the running at Washington State for the men’s basketball coaching gig. Rice had interviewed with Wazzu last week.
Congrats to Kyle Anderson for capturing third-team AP All-American honors. He averaged 14.6 points, 8.8 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game this year.
While we’re giving props, how about some love for Cal men’s swimming and diving for winning the NCAA team championship? It’s the third natty in the last four years for the Golden Bears under head man Dave Durden.
Jordan Simone is a walk-on safety at Arizona State. His father Ron was a walk-on receiver at ASU before he earned a scholarship in 1985, so here’s to hoping that it’s like father, like son for Simone.
Here are four position competitions to watch for Oregon football during the spring: Tight end, cornerback, safety and backup QB.
And let’s do the same with the Beavers. Here are some position battles to watch in Oregon State spring ball.
Hey, you know who has been impressive in spring drills? USC’s Nelson Agholor. Look for him to fill the void left behind by Marqise Lee as the No. 1 option at wide receiver. Also, former Trojan and writer Lonnie White died at the age of 49 on Saturday.
These are the kinds of problems you like to have if you’re a coach: the Utes appear to have an embarrassment of riches at running back, with six of them splitting reps in the spring and more on their way for the fall.
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