Roundup: Wildcats stay alive in Omaha
The boys from Tucson are still playing – Arizona baseball defeated UC Santa Barbara 3-0 Wednesday to eliminate the Gauchos and earn a rematch with Oklahoma State on Friday (take that, Jim Rome). The Cowboys beat the ‘Cats 1-0 earlier in the week.
Gary Parrish of CBS Sports has Marquese Chriss going No. 7 overall to Denver in his final mock draft, which is a bit lower than where other draft experts have slotted the former Washington big man. He also has Jaylen Brown going right behind Chriss at No. 8 to Sac-town and Jakob Poeltl going 11th to the Magic.
Connor Letourneau writes that Jaylen Brown is one of the more polarizing players in the NBA Draft. He spent part of Tuesday at a chess club in Greenwich Village.
Nicole Auerbach of USA Today details Brenda Tracy’s meeting with Mike Riley and the Nebraska football team. Tracy talked to the team about being raped by four men – two of them Oregon State football players – in 1998 and what steps should be taken to prevent similar situations from happening in the future.
Former Utah basketball forward Brekkott Chapman has transferred to Weber State, Wildcats head coach Randy Rahe announced Wednesday. Chapman has two years of eligibility remaining and will sit out the 2016-17 season.
UCLA gymnast Danusia Francis has been nominated for 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year. The Bruin graduate won the NCAA and Pac-12 title on the beam.
Three USC women’s basketball players were named to the WNBA 20@20 - Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, Lisa Leslie and Tina Thompson. It’s a list of the 20 best and most influential players in the first 20 years of the league’s existence.
Former Stanford basketball big man Robin Lopez was traded from the New York Knicks to the Chicago Bulls in a deal that sends 2011 NBA MVP Derrick Rose to the Knicks (of course, D-Rose is the headliner here, but this is pac-12.com, so…) (Yahoo Sports). K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune was the first to report the deal, and you can read his article here.
John Marshall of the Associated Press describes how Ray Anderson is bringing about big changes at Arizona State. The VP of athletics has negotiated a new deal with Adidas, increased fundraising and added four sports.
Colorado men’s basketball coach Tad Boyle likes his team’s non-conference schedule, notes Pat Rooney. The Buffs have Xavier coming to town this season and will play two games against a mix of Texas, Notre Dame and Northwestern in a tournament in Brooklyn.
Oregon football players Royce Freeman and Charles Nelson were named Athlon Sports preseason All-Americans, Tyson Alger of The Oregonian/OregonLive notes.
Let’s all take a gander at the Washington State women’s soccer schedule. The Cougs will play 10 regular-season games on TV in 2016.