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Today’s Washington-UCLA preview story focused on Shawn Kemp Jr. who was added to the lineup last week.
The sophomore forward could be the X-factor in the Huskies’ bid to repeat as regular-season Pac-12 champions. He’s averaging 12.3 points in the past three games. Here’s video (above) of Kemp talking about his renewed confidence and tonight’s 6 p.m. game at UCLA.
AROUND THE PAC-12:
— UCLA star freshman Shabazz Muahammad is under the weather and losing weight.
— Eammon Brennan at ESPN.com takes a look at the NCAA tournament bubble teams. While evaluating the Pac-12, he includes five bubble teams, but doesn’t include Washington. Arizona is considered a lock to make the dance.
— Despite the uncertainty at point guard, Oregon is trying to limit its turnovers when it hosts Colorado tonight.
— The Buffaloes (14-7, 4-5) go on the road where they’ve struggled. Colorado is 2-6 on the opponent’s home court.
— After draining six three-pointers against Washington, Arizona State sophomore Jonahan Gilling cemented his reputation in the Pac-12 as a three-point specialist. But he’d liked to be known as an all-around player. The Sun Devils (17-5, 6-3) host California (13-8, 5-4) tonight.
— Injuries and foul trouble depleted Arizona’s depth, but the Wildcats received big performances from Mark Lyons (25 points) and Solomon Hill, who scored 20 of his 23 points in the second half. They led them to a 73-66 win over Stanford at the McKale Center. No other Arizona player had more than six points. The seventh-ranked Wildcats improved to 20-2 leads the Pac-12 at 8-2.
— Stanford had a balanced attack led by Dwight Powell (24 points and 10 rebounds) and Josh Huestis (1o points and 10 rebounds), who each had a double-double performance. The Cardinal (14-9, 5-5) trailed by a point with 3:20 left, but it couldn’t contain Lyons and Hill at the end.
— Roberto Nelson had 26 points and Oregon State pulled away from Utah in the second half for an 82-64 win. Joe Burton came three rebounds shy of a triple double for the Beavers (12-11, 2-8), which climbed above .5oo. He finished with 17 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds.
— The Utes (10-12, 2-8) didn’t receive a whole lot of production from center Jason Washburn.