January 27, 2013 at 9:15 AM
Video: UW falls to fifth in Pac-12 standings
Video credit: Pac-12 Networks
Still digesting and making sense of Washington’s 81-76 defeat at No. 16 Oregon.
There’s plenty of coverage on last night’s game.
— The Register-Guard has a sidebar on how the Ducks overcame the loss of freshman point guard Dominic Artis, who is out indefinitely with a foot injury.
— Got to wonder if Oregon (18-2, 7-0) will move into the top 10 of next week’s national rankings.
AROUND THE PAC-12:
— Next up for Washington (12-8, 4-3) is a home date against Arizona (17-2, 5-2). The sixth-ranked Wildcats will likely fall in the polls following last week’s loss to UCLA. However, the rebounded nicely Saturday and hammered USC 74-50.
— USC (8-3, 3-5) has lost 26 of the last 28 games at the McKale Center. The Trojans kept things close in their first three games under interim coach Bob Cantu, but against Arizona it was never close. They trailed 18-4, 29, 7 and 39-20 at halftime. USC shot 28 percent from the field and it’s largest deficit was 34 points.
— Aside from Oregon, the hottest team in the Pac-12 is Arizona State, which swept the Los Angeles schools this week. Everything about ASU’s 78-60 win over UCLA speaks to the turnaround in Tempe, Ariz. The game drew 9,337 to Wells Fargo Arena, which isn’t known for crowd support. The Sun Devils bullied and pounded the Baby Bruins inside with 7-2 center Jordan Bachynski, who had a career-high 22 points, 15 rebounds and six blocks. Carrick Felix added 23 points and 11 rebounds while ASU’s other star Jahii Carson (12 points and eight assists) played a supporting role in the game.
— What to make of UCLA? The Bruins won at Arizona on Thursday, but Saturday’s loss was a severe setback. UCLA (16-5, 6-2) has lost two of the last three games. and it’s obvious the Bruins are lacking inside. Arizona State outrebounded UCLA 49-29 and scored 46 points in the paint – 20 more than the Bruins.
— Washington State has Oregon State’s number. The Cougars beat the Beavers 71-68 Saturday for the 12th time in their past 15 meetings. Mike Ladd scored a career-high 23 points and Brock Motum added 20 for WSU (11-9, 2-5). No one else scored in double figures.
— Courtesy of the Daily Camera, here’s a feature on Xavier Johnson and a preview of Colorado (13-6, 3-4) and California (11-7, 3-3) before today’s 12:30 p.m. showdown in Boulder, Colo.
— Utah plays its first ever home game on Sunday and the Utes are wondering if star freshman Jordan Loveridge will be available.