Roundup: Beavs and Ducks off to the Sweet 16
How ‘bout dem Beavers?! Oregon State women’s basketball upset third-seeded Tennessee 66-59 Sunday in Knoxville to advance to the Sweet 16 for the third straight season (The Oregonian/OregonLive), giving the storied Lady Vols their first NCAA Tournament loss at home in the process (57-1 now).
No trouble at home for the Pac-12-champion Ducks this weekend, most recently blowing out Minnesota 101-73 to reach the Sweet 16 for the second year in a row. Sabrina Ionescu was her typical self with a ho-hum 29-point, nine-assist, seven-board performance. Andrew Greif has more in the link.
UCLA meets Creighton Monday at 6 p.m. PT with a spot in the Sweet 16 on the line, and Thuc Nhi Nguyen writes that the Bruins have a target on their backs as they go for their third straight trip to the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament. A reminder that all NCAA women’s tourney games Monday night can be seen on ESPN3, and ESPN2 has whip-around coverage depending on your location.
Best of luck to Stanford women’s basketball in its second-round NCAA tourney game against FGCU Monday night at 6 p.m. PT (the world-famous gostanford.com radio broadcast will go live at 5:45, so be sure to tune in), but we’ll use this space to give you the deets on Stanford women’s swimming and diving winning a second straight national championship over the weekend in Columbus, Ohio. Congrats to Ella Eastin for being named Swimmer of the Meet after setting two American records while winning two relay titles and three individual national titles.
Arizona State wrestler Zahid Valencia won the NCAA title at 174 pounds to complete an undefeated season, defeating 2017 NCAA champion Mark Hall of Penn State in the finals. Jeff Metcalfe has more on Zahid’s title and the rest of the NCAA wrestling action in the link above.
Former Arizona star and NBA veteran Chase Budinger is hoping to become an Olympian in beach volleyball (TMZ), teaming up with two-time Olympian Sean Rosenthal for the upcoming beach season.
There’s competition at every position as Cal football begins spring practice Monday, writes Rusty Simmons. The secondary will be especially interesting to follow, with 15 defensive backs in the running for four starting spots.
Joey Kaufman lets us know that USC men’s basketball players aren’t watching much NCAA Tournament action after being snubbed by the Big Dance.
Utah women’s basketball lost to Kansas State 74-57 in the second round of the WNIT Sunday in Manhattan, Kansas (The Salt Lake Tribune). The Utes wrap up their season with an 18-14 record despite 23 points and nine rebounds from Megan Huff.
Washington softball shut out Arizona State 7-0 Sunday in Tempe behind 11 strikeouts from Taran Alvelo.
Colorado lacrosse defeated Arizona State 18-2 Sunday in Tempe as the 15th-ranked Buffs improved to 6-3 overall and 3-1 in Pac-12 play (ASU slipped to 5-4 and 0-3). BuffZone.com has the gamer.
Washington State baseball was swept by UCLA, losing 5-4 Sunday in Los Angeles after giving up two runs in the eighth inning (WSUCougars.com).