Roundup: No. 8 Arizona State, No. 9 Oregon State set for top-10 showdown
You should only be doing two things on Monday – preparing to watch a top-10 women’s basketball showdown between No. 8 Arizona State and No. 9 Oregon State and then watching the game itself (8 p.m. PT/9 p.m. MT, ESPN2). Jeff Metcalfe of The Arizona Republic previews the Sun Devils’ game in Corvallis. Arizona State is looking for a school-record 16th consecutive victory.
This roundup being neutral, it’s only right to give you the Corvallis Gazette-Times’ preview of Oregon State-Arizona State, courtesy of Steve Gress. The roundup curator's mother, a former Beaver cheerleader (waaaaaay back in the day), will not be neutral however.
Former Cal men's soccer player Steve Birnbaum scored the winner against Iceland for the USMNT on Sunday. In just his second career appearance for the senior national team, Birnbaum headed in a Michael Bradley pass off a set piece in the 90th minute.
Washington women’s basketball guard Kelsey Plum became the fastest to reach 2,000 career points in Pac-12 history, doing so in her 88th game, a 75-65 win over Cal Sunday (Plum scored 28; she only leads the nation in scoring this year; no big deal).
Home sweeps are necessary; road sweeps are a thing of beauty. Oregon men’s basketball completed the latter Sunday night by taking down Arizona State 91-74 in large thanks to a career-high 26 points from Chris Boucher, who also added 10 boards and seven blocks. The Ducks are now all alone in first place at 7-2 in league play.
Utah football coach Kyle Whittingham signed an extension through 2020 to remain at the school at the rate of $3.3 million per year.
Upset special, baby – Colorado women’s basketball defeated USC 66-63 for its first Pac-12 win.
National Signing Day might be Wednesday, but the Bruins got a head-start on their 2016 class by signing a 9-year-old with a brain tumor to a letter of intent. Watch out for Cade Spinello, y’all.
Good news, potentially – Arizona basketball’s Allonzo Trier might be able to play this week at the Washington schools, X-rays pending (Arizona Daily Star).
Zach Helfand of the Los Angeles Times writes that USC men’s basketball showed poise in its 98-88 win over Washington on Saturday. The win moved the Trojans to 6-3 in league play at the halfway mark.
It’s Super Bowl week, so who better to check in with than the author of the MMQB, Sports Illustrated’s Peter King. In this edition, he details how former Stanford quarterback John Elway built the Denver Broncos into a Super Bowl contender.
How ‘bouts we watch this Pac Profile of Washington State women’s basketball player Mariah Cooks? Sounds like a good idea to me.
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