Roundup: Pac-12 alums dominate NBA All-Star weekend
NBA All-Star Weekend was all about the Pac-12, and especially UCLA. The weekend was capped off by a defense-less All-Star Game in which Russell Westbrook was named MVP for the second straight year. Before that, Zach LaVine won his second straight dunk contest in a battle for the ages with former Wildcat Aaron Gordon.
So he didn’t win the thing, but Nate Scott of For the Win believes that Aaron Gordon had the best slam in the history of the dunk contest. I mean, this thing was awesome – just check out all the memes of the Gordon dunk in which he basically sits in mid-air.
Thought we were done with All-Star Weekend? Not yet, because Klay Thompson won the 3-point contest by tallying a 27 in the final round, eclipsing teammate Steph Curry. If only Isaiah Thomas won the skills competition, right?
While he didn’t win the skills competition, Isaiah Thomas did participate in his first All-Star game, and Todd Dybas of The News Tribune features the former Husky’s journey in the article linked earlier in this sentence.
What a Pac-12 Networks Women’s Basketball Game of the Week Sunday night, as Sophie Brunner hit a buzzer-beater in overtime to give Arizona State a 63-61 win over Stanford. This comes just two games after converting a 3-point play with 1.4 seconds left to give ASU the 69-68 edge over USC. Hashtag clutch.
While the women lost a heartbreaker on Valentine’s Day, Stanford men’s basketball held on to upset No. 11 Oregon 76-72 Saturday afternoon at Maples to snap a four-game losing skid (Jon Wilner).
Matt Norlander of CBS Sports observes that USC likely lost its chance at winning the Pac-12 by falling at Arizona. The Trojans got swept on their swing to the desert.
Utah’s defense shut down Washington State’s Josh Hawkinson in the Utes’ 88-47 thumping of the Cougs Sunday, writes Kyle Goon. Hawkinson was held scoreless on 0-for-2 shooting and didn’t collect an assist or offensive rebound.
Pat Rooney declares that Colorado forward Josh Scott is hoping for a “Hollywood comeback.” After missing the homestand against the Washington schools (both close victories), there’s a chance Scott could play on the upcoming trip to Los Angeles.
Jaylen Brown’s dunk highlighted Cal’s win over Oregon State on Saturday (Connor Letourneau), sending one down over a Beaver defender late to put an exclamation point on the 83-71 triumph. Here’s the dunk:
— Pac-12 Networks (@Pac12Networks) February 14, 2016
Matt Scotton of KVAL tells us that Oregon State guard Sydney Wiese wants to get into broadcasting when her playing days are over. She’s already got a catchphrase – “Wowee what a play!”
New defensive coordinator Brady Hoke talks about bringing a 4-3 defense to Oregon in this video posted by The Oregonian/OregonLive.