Roundup: James Harden, Russell Westbrook battling for NBA MVP honors

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Arizona State

Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated makes the case for James Harden to be the NBA MVP with the use of some charts in this piece. He and the Rockets got a big one Tuesday night at home against Golden State.


Harden’s No. 1 challenger for the MVP trophy? Former UCLA Bruin Russell Westbrook, and Tim Cato of SB Nation makes the case for Westbrook to be MVP after watching him hit the game-winning jumper for Oklahoma City at Dallas Monday night. Westbrook had his 37th triple-double of the season, putting him five away from setting a new NBA record.


A great run came to an end Monday night, as Oregon women’s basketball lost to UConn in the Elite 8 90-52 in Bridgeport, Conn. Andrew Nemec of The Oregonian/OregonLive has the recap, as the Ducks fell behind 23-4, committed 17 first-half turnovers and were never really in the game.


Letting the news sink in over the weekend, Jon Wilner gives us his thoughts on Cal hiring Wyking Jones as men’s basketball head coach. He doesn’t exactly give it a rave review.


Stanford women’s basketball seniors Erica McCall and Karlie Samuelson earned AP All-American honorable mention recognition, it was announced Monday. McCall had the game-securing block against Notre Dame to send the Cardinal to its 13th Final Four.

Washington State

Washington State men’s basketball assistants Greg Graham and Silvey Dominguez are leaving the program, head coach Ernie Kent announced in a Monday press release. Jacob Thorpe has more.


Tim Booth of the Associated Press provides us with this article on Washington football beginning spring practice. Jake Browning didn’t have a big role in practice Monday because head coach Chris Petersen wants to keep his number of throws down during the spring and gradually increase his workload.


From last week – Colorado football coach Mike MacIntyre doesn’t want his team to feel like it “made it” after reaching the Pac-12 Football Championship Game last season, according to Paul Myerberg of USA TODAY Sports.

Oregon State

Here’s the Pac-12 Networks recap of Oregon State softball beating Arizona State 5-4 thanks to the go-ahead run in the seventh inning for the Beavs’ first conference victory of 2017.


USC lacrosse attacker Michaela Michael was named MPSF Offensive Player of the Week, the league announced Monday. Michael scored a combined eight goals in games against THE Ohio State University and Stony Brook last week.


Off to a 1-5 start in conference play, the defending Pac-12 champion Utah baseball team is trying to get back to its winning ways, writes Kyle Goon. The quest begins with a Tuesday game against BYU.


In this Adam Green article on Arizona Sports, former Stanford men’s basketball star and current Pac-12 Networks analyst Casey Jacobsen says that Arizona’s Sean Miller is one of the 10 best coaches in college basketball.

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