Roundup: UCLA and Arizona meeting at their peak
There’s a monster clash coming to Tucson on Saturday, and Jeff Eisenberg writes that the Arizona-UCLA matchup will finally feature both teams at their best. Eisenberg points out that this is the first time since 1999 that Arizona and UCLA have met with both teams being ranked in the top 10.
Huge doesn’t begin to describe the magnitude of the Oregon State-Stanford women’s basketball game Friday night in Corvallis, so this seems like as good of a time as any to read Sydney Wiese’s diary entry (courtesy of Gina Mizell) about the road sweep of the Mountain schools and potentially winning the Pac-12 regular season title with the Bay Area schools coming to town.
At the second day of the 2017 Pac-12 Swimming (W) & Diving (M/W) Championships, Stanford freshman Katie Ledecky broke the American record in the 500 free, clocking in with a time of 4:25.15.
Shanon Quinn of the Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports that the Washington State athletics budget deficit is shrinking. This is the word according to WSU President Kirk Schulz, who believes that the athletic department will have a balanced budget within three years.
At 5-11 in conference play, Cal women’s basketball likely needs to sweep the Oregon schools to make the NCAA Tournament, opines Rusty Simmons.
With the MPSF Indoor Track and Field Championships beginning Friday and the NCAAs coming two weeks later, Oregon distance runner Edward Cheserek is looking to make history, writes Ken Goe. Cheserek has 15 NCAA individual championships, tied for most all time with UTEP’s Suleiman Nyambui.
Chantel Osahor went for 24 points and 20 rebounds in Washington’s 79-46 blowout victory over Colorado. In the process, she broke her own school record for single-season rebounds.
Here’s the Associated Press writeup of UCLA men’s basketball defeating Arizona State 87-75 in men’s basketball action Thursday night, as T.J. Leaf paced the Bruins with 25 points.
Despite the loss, Arizona State was pleased with how it played against UCLA, writes Connor Pelton of House of Sparky fame. The Sun Devil starters pretty much went the distance, as just one player off the bench got just one minute of action in the game.
In the other game in the desert, USC was unable to stop Allonzo Trier in a 90-77 loss to Arizona, writes Zach Helfand in his game recap. Trier scored 25 to pace the ‘Cats.
Here’s the #GoonerGamer from Utah men’s basketball’s 86-81 victory at Colorado behind 25 points from Kyle Kuzma. Earlier in the day, it was announced that Utah men’s basketball freshman guard Devon Daniels was suspended indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team.
Dropping its seventh straight to the Runnin’ Utes, Colorado turned in a poor defensive performance in the loss to Utah, writes Pat Rooney. The Buffs allowed Utah to shoot 55 percent from the floor even without the suspended Devon Daniels. At least Derrick White had a tight dunk.