Roundup: Four days in Vegas
Ready for another conference tourney? The Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament gets underway Wednesday in Las Vegas, with No. 8-seeded Cal and No. 9 Washington State leading things off. Mike Vernon and Tom FitzGerald write that Cal (and Stanford) need to win the Pac-12 tournament to make the NCAA tournament. Every game on Wednesday is on the Pac-12 Networks, and Cal and Wazzu tip things off at noon PT.
No. 5 Arizona State and No. 12 USC are featured in the 2:30 PT contest, and Doug Haller writes that Arizona State enters the Pac-12 tournament with confidence. I would too if I swept the Bay Area schools at home and went 6-3 in the last half of conference play.
Meanwhile, Scott Wolf tells us that USC is optimistic despite being the No. 12 seed. The Trojans have been competitive in plenty of games this season.
No. 7 Oregon State and No. 10 Colorado battle at 6 p.m. PT/7 p.m. MT, and Connor Letourneau informs us that Oregon State is keeping the same approach as it heads into the Pac-12 tournament. The Beavs are holding with the theme of short-but-efficient practices.
Here’s the Colorado basketball Pac-12 tournament primer from Brian Howell. Optimism is another key word here.
No. 6 Washington and No. 11 Stanford hit us with the nightcap at 8:30 p.m. PT, and Percy Allen reports that Washington basketball’s Shawn Kemp Jr. is questionable for the Stanford game. Kemp missed the last two games with a strained right calf.
Rule of Tree gives a little Pac-12 tournament outlook for Stanford. The Cardinal probably has to win it all to get to the big dance, but some think maybe two or three wins in Vegas will be enough.
Should be a lot of fun games Wednesday night, but Jeff Eisenberg of Yahoo Sports opines that Arizona is the favorite to win the Pac-12 tournament.
Rob Moseley, editor of GoDucks.com, says that Oregon hopes to stay hot in the desert. The Ducks enter the Pac-12 tourney winners of nine of their last 10.
The Runnin’ Utes are off Wednesday and await the Stanford-Washington winner, but Kurt Kragthorpe thinks that Utah needs to find its rhythm in Vegas after losing three of its last five to end the season.
Let’s hear from UCLA softball’s Ally Carda after she struck out 14 batters and delivered the game winning hit for No. 13 UCLA’s 3-2 win over No. 15 Baylor on the Pac-12 Networks. Anne Marie Anderson and Jessica Mendoza were on the call.
Let’s take a gander at Washington State football’s spring practice schedule, thanks to the CougCenter peeps. Practice starts March 26 and the spring game is April 25.