Roundup: USC men's hoops on the right side of the bubble for now

John McGillen


Joey Kaufman of the Los Angeles Daily News writes about USC men’s basketball being on the bubble. The loss to Arizona State really hurt, but the Trojans can make up for it a little bit with a home sweep of the Washington schools. As it is right now, most bracket projections have the Trojans in.


The Pac-12 year-end awards came out for women’s basketball Tuesday, and sure enough, Kelsey Plum was named Pac-12 Player of the Year. Scott Rueck and Gabriella Hanson of Oregon State were named Coach and Defensive Player of the Year, respectively, while Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.


Cal’s Ryan Murphy was named the Pac-12 Men’s Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the Pac-12 announced Tuesday. The three-time Olympic gold medalist also rocks a 3.54 GPA and is majoring in business administration.

Oregon State

Check out the latest diary entry from Oregon State’s Sydney Wiese, as she tells us what it’s like to win a third straight Pac-12 title. Insightful as per usual.


Big game coming up in the SLC on Thursday, as Kyle Goon notes that a No. 4 seed for the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament is on the line when Utah plays Cal. A first-round bye would be nice.


Coming off a 3-9 season and a new AD in town, Rich Rodriguez is entering his most important year at Arizona, opines Kyle Bonagura. Solid stuff from Bonagura, as always.


Former Bruin Matt Barnes signed with the Golden State Warriors for the rest of the season, ESPN’s Chris Haynes and Marc Stein reported Wednesday morning. He will help fill the void left behind by the injured Kevin Durant, who is going to be out at least four weeks.


Oregon men’s basketball signee Troy Brown Jr. was invited to the Nike Hoop Summit, taking place at the nearby (for Oregon) Moda Center on April 7. Andrew Nemec of The Oregonian/OregonLive provides more details.


Continuing along with the profiles of Colorado men’s basketball seniors, Pat Rooney posts this feature of Colorado basketball senior Josh Fortune. His 3-pointing shooting percentage has dropped precipitously from the previous year, down to 28 percent this year from 39 percent a season ago.

Washington State

Washington State women's basketball faces some familiar foes to start the Pac-12 Tournament as the Cougars take on Colorado for the second time in less than a week. June Daugherty's bunch won the regular-season finale Sunday in Pullman, but this will be the first neutral-site matchup for the two programs.


Here’s the Pac-12 Networks recap of Stanford women’s lacrosse beating Michigan 15-10. Kelsey Murray had a hat trick for the Card.

Arizona State

Here’s the House of Sparky recap of Arizona State baseball’s 12-5 win over New Mexico State. Quotes from head coach Tracy Smith are sprinkled in.

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