Roundup: UCLA hot from deep in win over Oregon State
The Bruins defeated the Beavers 75-59 Wednesday night, and Jack Wang writes that three-point shooting was key for UCLA in its win over Oregon State. The Bruins were 10-for-18 from downtown in the game.
One bright spot from Wednesday night’s loss was that Gary Payton II tied a career high with 24 points.
Despite blowing two double-digit leads, Oregon recovered to defeat USC 80-75 on the road and move up to 8-4 in conference play (Tyson Alger with the game story for The Oregonian). In other news, Eastern Washington isn’t allowing Vernon Adams to use its facilities before he transfers to Oregon.
Unfortunate news for the Trojans, as Jordan McLaughlin reinjured his left shoulder in the loss to Oregon and will have an MRI on Thursday to see how severe it is.
The Mountain schools host the Bay schools this week, and Kareem Copeland of the Associated Press writes that Utah begins the final stretch in its quest for a Pac-12 title. The Runnin’ Utes enter Thursday’s battle with Stanford (6 p.m. PT/7 p.m. MT, Pac-12 Networks) tied for first with Arizona.
On the other side of things, Tom FitzGerald opines that Stanford faces a big challenge in Delon Wright and Utah.
Mike Vernon believes that Cal basketball turned its season around with Sam Singer’s game-winning shot at Washington. The Golden Bears are in Boulder Thursday night to take on the Buffs (6 p.m. PT/7 p.m. MT, FOX Sports 1).
Tom Kensler of The Denver Post writes that Colorado basketball freshman Tory Miller has a lot of upside despite him being behind more experienced bigs on the “depth chart,” if you will. Miller averaged a double-double in wins over USC and Washington filling in for an injured Josh Scott.
Interesting feature on former Washington football cornerback Marcus Peters as he gets ready for the NFL draft from USA Today’s Tom Pelissero. In it, Peters takes the blame for his dismissal from the team.
Paola Boivin says that it’s about time Arizona State women’s basketball coach Charli Turner Thorne gets the credit she deserves for being the great coach she is.
Nice hire for the Cougs – Graham Harrell is the new Washington State wide receivers coach. Harrell played at Texas Tech under Leach and played in the NFL for three years with the Green Bay Packers.
Nice story out of Tucson – a 6-year-old with leukemia signed an honorary letter of intent with the Arizona swim team.