Let’s wrap up Washington’s 62-47 dismantling of California with a few links.
— The view from the other side was particularly interesting. Cal coach Mike Montgomery told the Mercury News: “Once we got down we kind of caved and let them have their way with us.”
— John Crumpacker at the San Francisco Chronicle writes: “The Huskies did not take long to demonstrate their superior size, height, athletic ability and aggressiveness as they pulled away from an 18-18 tie in the first half to post a 34-20 lead at intermission.”
— The AP photographer Jeff Chiu also put together a photo gallery from last night’s game.
AROUND THE PAC-12:
— Next up for Washington is Stanford on Saturday. The Cardinal posted a 78-67 win over Washington State at Maples Pavilion. Former Bellevue High star Aaron Bright had been struggling with his shooting, but he came off the bench and finished with a season-high 21 points, hitting 5-of-7 shots and 3-of-4 from three-point range. Chasson Randle, who was also slumping in the shooting department, had 16 points and connected on 5 of 8 field goals and 2 of 3 three-pointers.
— WSU’s Brock Motum was bottled up last week against Washington, but he bounced back in a big way and dropped 29 points on Stanford. Unfortunately for the Cougars, everyone else was held in check.
– Seems like whenever No. 4 Arizona plays, it’s the game of the week in the Pac-12. And Thursday is no different.
— Someone’s winning streak will end tonight. Arizona is 14-0 while Oregon has won 16 straight at home.
— The Wildcats make their first appearance at the (not-so) new Matthew Knight Arena. Arizona didn’t make the trip to Oregon last season.
— One intriguing matchup in the Oregon-Arizona game is at the point guard spot where Wildcats senior Mark Lyons, a Pac-12 MVP candidate, squares off against Ducks freshman Dominic Artis, one of the new stars in the conference. Oregon coach Dana Altman wants to see more energy from his floor general.
— Here’s a preview of the Arizona State-Oregon State game along with a feature of ASU’s Chris Colvin, who is getting comfortable with his role as a glue-guy.
— Should be a fun matchup between OSU center Joe Burton and ASU’s Jordan Bachynski. On the Sun Devils, Burton tells the Register-Guard: “They’re way more athletic than the past couple of years.”
— When you begin the Pac-12 season with three home games, then you have to win them to give yourself a shot at the regular-season title. The Beavers are 0-1 and can’t afford another setback tonight if they want to remain in the conference race.
— And speaking of home, Colorado returns to the high altitude in Boulder. Coach Tad Boyle is miffed about the Buffaloes’ 0-2 Pac-12 start, but things should turn around tonight against USC.
— Trojans coach Kevin O’Neill shuffled the lineup a bit and benched second-leading scorer J.T. Terrell after a Pac-12 opening loss to Stanford.
— UCLA makes it first trip to Utah since the Utes joined the Pac-12 and it sounds as if the folks in Salt Lake City are excited to welcome the storied program.
— The Bruins are riding a seven-game winning streak, but they’ve won those games at home. In fact, they’ve only made one trip out of the state and each of their four ‘road’ games have been on a neutral court. UCLA coach Ben Howland had simple advice for his star freshmen who’ll face their first hostile crowds this week. In the Los Angeles Times he said: “I told them that the crowd is going to yell nasty things at you; get used to it.”