Roundup: Oregon State is on the verge of the Big Dance

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Oregon State

Approaching the final week of the regular season, Oregon State men’s basketball is on the verge of the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1990, writes Gary Horowitz of the Statesmen Journal. USA Today had Oregon State as a No. 9 seed, while Joe Lunardi had the Beavs as a No. 11 seed in advance of their game at USC Wednesday (8 p.m. PT/9 p.m. MT, FOX Sports 1).

Washington State

It’s the regular-season finale for the Washington schools (8 p.m. PT/9 p.m. MT, ESPNU), and Jacob Thorpe writes that beating Washington would “suit the Cougars just fine”.


Yeah, Wazzu has lost 15 straight, but Washington knows this game won’t be easy, writes Percy Allen. These UW-WSU games always seem to be close – Washington needed overtime to beat the Cougs in Pullman earlier this season.


Bruce Pascoe spends this article discussing Arizona basketball coach Sean Miller losing 40 pounds since last summer.


It’s looking like Colorado men’s basketball will be a No. 5 seed for the Pac-12 tournament, writes Pat Rooney. The Buffs could still be No. 4 or No. 6, but No. 5 is the most likely scenario as they wrap up the regular season at Utah on Saturday night.

Arizona State

Check out Arizona State basketball’s uniforms for the postseason, courtesy of adidas. Nice threads.


Jack Wang writes that UCLA men’s basketball is trying to look for the positives in this disappointing season. Once a top-25 team, the Bruins are now 10th in the Pac-12.


Connor Letourneau pens this piece on Cal basketball forward Ivan Rabb gaining confidence in being a vocal leader for the Bears.


Chantel Jennings features Oregon defensive coordinator Brady Hoke, writing that he brings a “fresh set of eyes” to the Duck defense. His tenure as Michigan head coach didn’t end well, but that 2011 Wolverine defense was something special.


Mark Whicker of the LA Daily News features USC quarterbacks coach Tee Martin. The guy who succeeded Peyton Manning at QB at Tennessee will groom Cody Kessler’s successor.


David Lombardi writes about Stanford football’s secondary unit. There’s a lot of talent in that defensive backfield despite the losses of cornerback Ronnie Harris and safety Kodi Whitfield.


Let’s get to know Utah gymnastics co-head coach Tom Farden, courtesy of Melissa Yack for the Deseret News.

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