Roundup: Watching the NBA's best teams helped USC men's hoops

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Daniel Uthman of USA Today tells us how watching the Hawks, Spurs and Warriors made USC basketball a better team (hint: the Trojans are moving the ball very well). Also, USC AD Pat Haden was hospitalized Wednesday after feeling light-headed on campus. ESPN reports that Haden is in stable condition and resting.


Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports reports that Cal will hire Jake Spavital as its new offensive coordinator. Spavital was formerly the OC at Texas A&M. Also, check out this David Lombardi feature on the inspiration behind the Cal swimming program – a 14-year-old local swimmer, Jack Zembsch, who has a rare form of dwarfism.


In men’s basketball action Wednesday night, Utah eclipsed Washington 90-82 to get back on the winning track. One of the more impressive moments in that game was Brandon Taylor’s crossover step back that led to him hitting a 3-pointer. Nice move.

Oregon State

Danny Moran of The Oregonian/OregonLive notes that Oregon State men’s basketball needs to win some road games to enhance its NCAA tournament chances. The Beavs are winless on the road in conference play and have lost 10 straight Pac-12 road games as they get ready to play at Stanford and Cal this weekend.


Pat Rooney features Colorado basketball guard Dom Collier as the Buffs get ready to host Washington State Thursday night (7 p.m. PT/8 p.m. MT, Pac-12 Networks).

Washington State

Sam Vecenie of CBS Sports features Washington State basketball forward Josh Hawkinson as one of the best players in the country on a team with a losing record.


Tyson Alger of The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that new Oregon quarterbacks coach David Yost has signed a two-year deal


Get caught up on the back-and-forth between Rick Neuheisel and Jim Mora thanks to this Jack Wang-produced link. Mora has been critical of Neuheisel’s UCLA teams for being soft, and Neuheisel recently responded to those criticisms.

Arizona State

Baseball season is a little more than a week away, so check out the 2016 Arizona State baseball adidas uniforms. The Sun Devils start the season Feb. 19 with a four-game, three-day homestand against Xavier (doubleheader on Saturday the 20th).


Zack Rosenblatt of the Arizona Daily Star hits us with a 2016 Arizona softball season preview. The ‘Cats begin the new campaign Thursday against Southern Utah.


John Reid of the Palo Alto Daily News gives us a 2016 Stanford softball primer. The Cardinal is coming off a 17-37 campaign in 2015 that featured a program-worst 2-22 mark in Pac-12 play.


David Lombardi takes a look into Washington football’s positions of strength and need. That secondary is looking mighty fine, while wide receiver could be a concern.