February 10, 2013 at 8:59 AM
Sunday links on Pac-12 hoops
It’s a big day in Los Angeles.
When Rihanna, Bruno Mars and Sting take the stage at the Grammys, Washington and USC will take the court a few miles away at the Galen Center.
We’ll provide some info on the game.
Let’s start with a column from Jerry Brewer who writes: “It has been an ugly season. But if any local coach has built the equity to have an off year, it’s [Lorenzo] Romar.”
Here’s our advance of the UW-USC matchup, which takes a look at the importance of avoiding turnovers for the Huskies.
The coaching change at USC – Kevin O’Neill fired and assistant Bob Cantu promoted to interim – was the best thing to happen to Ari Stewart and J.T. Terrell who labored under the old regime. Terrell told the Los Angeles Times: ”I would say I am now being allowed to play more free. I’m under less restrictions, when to make a play and not make play. I think the whole team is a lot more joyful and free.”
Washington (13-10, 5-5) and USC (10-13, 5-5) are in a four-way tie for sixth place in the Pac-12.
The Trojans are 3-3 under Cantu and looking for their third-straight win tonight.
AROUND THE PAC-12:
— Easy 76-62 win for UCLA, which rolled over Washington State last night at new Pauley Pavilion. Shabazz Muhammad had 17 points to lead four Bruins who scored in double figures. UCLA is 18-6 and 8-3.
— The Cougars looked as if they were beaten before the game began. Coach Ken Bone fell to 0-7 against the Bruins and WSU (11-13, 2-9) dropped its fourth straight game.
— Dwight Powell scored 22 points, Stanford made 10 of 18 3-pointers and the Cardinal held on to beat Arizona State 62-59 in a thrilling finish made possible by a series of botched plays in the final minutes, including an inbound pass that bounced off the scoreboard above the court. Seriously.
— The Sun Devils were down by as many as 16 in the second half, but had a chance to tie at the end. However, Bo Barnes missed a potential game-tying three-pointer with five seconds to play. The defeat hurts ASU’s Pac-12 title chances. The Sun Devils fell to 18-6, 7-4. They play five of their remaining seven games on the road.
— No. 19 Oregon (19-5, 8-3) won a basketball, snapped a three-game losing streak and may have found a leader during its 73-64 comeback victory over Utah. Trailing 30-22 at halftime, forward Arslan Kazemi delivered an impassioned halftime speech and the Ducks dominated the second half. He finished with 11 points and 14 rebounds while E.J. Singler scored 21.
— Utah was outscored 51-34 in the second half, but the Utes pinned the loss on their inability to rebound. They lost the battle on the glass 38-17.
— Colorado junior forward Andre Roberson, who leads the nation with an 11.6 rebounding average, must contend with a dangerous Oregon State front line that includes Eric Moreland, who averages 10.7 rebounds. Should be an entertaining battle in the paint today at Gill Coliseum.
— No. 7 Arizona (20-2, 8-2) takes on California (13-9, 5-5) 4 p.m. today at McKale Center where the Wildcats have surprisingly struggled at times this season.