Lots of links today from what was nearly a perfect night for the Pac-12.
SUNDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Not sure why making an inbound pass is so difficult in college basketball. For some reason, No. 5 Florida couldn’t execute one of the simplest maneuvers in the sport. The Gators wilted in the final seconds against Arizona’s press and the No. 8 Wildcats stole a 65-64 victory. Arizona improved to 8-0.
— In the other big game for the Pac-12 on Saturday, California had no answer for All-American Doug McDermott who scored 34 points to lead No. 16 Creighton to a 74-64 win at Haas Pavilion. The Golden Bears, which started 6-0, fell to 6-3.
— Much like Washington, Stanford played a struggling team at home. The Cardinal (7-3), however, took control of the game with 15 minutes remaining and cruised to a 75-52 win over UC Davis (1-6) behind 20 points from Dwight Powell.
— Oregon center Tony Woods scored 14 points and the Ducks (9-1) overcame a sluggish performance on offense to defeat Nebraska 60-38.
— The real Shabazz Muhammad or at least a version of the highly publicized UCLA freshman was on the display Saturday during the Bruins 95-53 win over Prairie View A&M. After missing the first three games, he scored a career-high 25 points in his seventh game with UCLA (7-3).
— Jahii Carson scored 18 points and Arizona State (9-2) used a late second-half run to put away Dartmouth 61-42 at McKale Arena.
— Perhaps the most impressive win for a Pac-12 team Saturday was USC’s 70-26 rout over UC Riverside. Jio Fontan and Eric Wise each scored 14 points to snap the Trojans’ five-game losing streak. USC improved to 4-6
— Just one Pac-12 game on Sunday: Oregon State faces Chicago State.
— Jerry Brewer and Hansen followed Seattle University Redhawks for a few days and produced a very nice package on the team.
— Gonzaga knocked off Kansas State 68-52 last night. However, the real story at KeyArena was Bulldogs coach Mark Few talking about a possible move from the WCC to join the seven East Coast catholic schools who are leaving the Big East.
— Former UW star Tony Wroten Jr. scored 20 points off the bench for Reno, which lost 134-124 to the Los Angeles in a D-League matchup.