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Roundup: UCLA's Bryce Alford gets his swag back against Arizona

Jan 8, 2016
Don Liebig/UCLA Athletics


Everyone knew Bryce Alford was going to take the game-winning shot that downed No. 7 Arizona on Thursday, reports Zach Helfand of the Los Angeles Times, and Alford's swag may be in part to a text from his father, adds Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Eisenberg. The three-pointer capped a solid Russell Westbrook Night in Pauley.


Sean Miller wasn't exactly pleased with his Wildcats' defense against UCLA. Changes could come from it, Bruce Pascoe reports.

Oregon State

ESPN's Graham Hays profiles Oregon State's Jamie Weisner, her past as a javelin thrower and the analytics that show that she's one of the most efficient scorers in the nation. 


Oregon will likely end up paying a lot to fill its defensive coordinator opening. Shelling out large sums of money isn't easy, even for the Ducks, but sources tell The Oregonian's Andrew Greif that Mark Helfrich will be supported in hiring a target of his choice.


ESPN's Ted Miller hands out grades for each unit of the Washington football team. And this is weird: In his game preview, Christian Caple of The News Tribune points out that Lorenzo Romar's hoops team is playing its first true road game of the year at rival Washington State this Saturday. 


Early-enrollee freshman Jayce Johnson could still have his redshirt pulled, giving Utah depth behind Jakob Poeltl. The Desert News' Carter Williams reports that such a big decision is up to the young center more than it is up to head coach Larry Krystkowiak. 

Washington State

Three Washington State football players will appear in postseason All-Star games. Receiver Dom Williams and defensive lineman Destiny Vaeao will play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, while offensive lineman Joe Dahl will play in the Reese's Senior Bowl.


Andy Enfield's Trojans got back to bombing from deep and held off an Arizona State rally for a win that pushed them past last season's win total, writes the Los Angeles Times' Alex Shultz

Arizona State

A Sun Devil rally in a 75-65 loss to USC didn't sit well with ASU coach Bobby Hurley, who thought his team passed up open jumpers, among other problems on Thursday night, reports l Doug Haller


Following an upset loss to Arizona State, the Stanford women can shake out of their shooting woes Friday against Utah. Coach Tara VanDerveer thinks her team is better than it was in Tempe, Ariz., according to the San Francisco Chronicle's Tom FitzGerald.


The Denver Post's Nick Kosmider explains how Tad Boyle's staff has started recruiting overseas. Belgian Thomas Akyazili of the Buffs squares off against Austrian product Jakob Poeltl and the Utes on Friday night. 


Over at ESPN's Pac-12 Blog, David Lombardi has three questions for the Golden Bears heading into the 2016 football season.