Here’s video highlights (above) from Washington’s 68-63 win over Washington State last night at Beasley Coliseum.
— Spokesman columnist John Blanchette takes shots at UW, WSU and the refs. On the Huskies, he writes: “(They) showed a little siccum, too, when necessary. They’ll need more. This is not the team that has won either the conference regular-season or tournament titles in each of the last four seasons, and for as veteran as they are, they short on both efficiency and depth.”
— Here’s a compilation of post-game videos and quotes from WSU’s Ken Bone and Brock Motum.
AROUND THE PAC-12:
— Next up for Washington is California (9-5, 1-1), which won 72-64 at USC. Considering what Desmond Simmons did against Motum, wonder if he can slow down Pac-12 leading scorer Allen Crabbe who had 27 points against the Trojans.
— USC (6-9, 1-1) blew a chance at doing something special on the first week of Pac-12 play. Instead the Trojans split home games against the Bay Area teams because it didn’t receive a significant contribution from post players on Saturday night.
— Stanford (9-6, 0-2) is at an early crossroads following a 68-60 defeat at UCLA. Cardinal coach Johnny Dawkins held a 56-minute post-game meeting with players after the loss. He told the San Jose Mercury News: ” “For us it was the right time based on how we’re playing to bring our guys in and have a good talk about what we’re capable of doing and how to go about doing it.”
— Shabazz Muhammad scored 17 of his 23 points in the second half when UCLA pulled away to defeat Stanford 68-60, extending its winning streak to seven games. Jordan Adams added 12 points and Travis Wear had 11 for the Bruins (12-3, 2-0 Pac-12), who are on their longest run of consecutive wins since taking 10 in a row during the 2008-09 season.
— UCLA senior guard Larry Drew II leads the nation with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 5.57.
— No. 3 Arizona survived another close contest and did just enough to hang on to a 60-57 victory over Utah. Solomon Hill led the Wildcats (14-0, 2-0) with 19 points, Mark Lyons had 12 and four assists and Brandon Ashley scored 11 points.
— Say what you will about Utah, but the Utes play hard and they’re doing more with less talent than anyone else in the Pac-12. However, they came up short once again. After suffering a heartbreaking defeat Wednesday at Arizona State, the fell short 60-57 at Arizona. Jason Washburn had 17 points and 11 rebounds and Jordan Loveridge finished with 17 points for the Utes (8-6, 0-2), who haven’t won a road or neutral-court conference game since joining the Pac-12 last season.
— Colorado coach Tad Boyle is eager to put the Buffaloes’ controversial defeat at Arizona in the past and avoid an 0-2 Pac-12 start. He had former CU football standout Chad Brown, who starred with the Seahawks, to talk to the team. The Buffs are 10-3, 0-1.
— Arizona State (12-2, 1-0) is one of the few teams in the Pac-12 with two 7-foot centers, Jordan Bachynski and Ruslan Pateev. The Sun Devils are tied for third in the nation in blocks per game at 7.6.
— Big game Monday for UW signee Nigel Williams-Goss.