March 6, 2013 at 8:59 AM
Wednesday links: Scott Suggs on the rebound
Plenty of links to get to today.
Let’s start with our feature on Washington senior guard Scott Suggs, who has put together a pair of fantastic games after struggling most of the season with confidence and his shooting.
AROUND THE PAC-12:
— In an interview with KJR-AM, LA Daily News writer Scott Wolf said he believes USC will hire Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon to replace Kevin O’Neill who was fired during the season.
— Washington State Ken Bone is intent on stopping a nine-game losing streak, but he also believes things will get better next season even the loss of senior forward Brock Motum.
— UCLA coach Ben Howland spent Monday removing his foot from his mouth and apologizing for saying Shabazz Muhammad would turn pro after the season when the Bruins freshman star hadn’t made a decision or even talked to Howland about possibly returning to school.
— Strange but true, UCLA has won 19 straight games against WSU in Pullman.
— California is the hottest team in the Pac-12 thanks to a renewed commitment to defense. The Golden Bears are riding a seven-game winning streak before tonight’s regular-season finale against Bay Area rival Stanford.
— Dwight Powell sidestepped the NBA question, but the Stanford junior forward will have to make a decision about possibly turning pro in the near future.
— Arizona coach Sean Miller is happy with the play he’s receiving from senior point guard Mark Lyons.
— Oregon’s Arsalan Kazemi still remembers a pivotal play that led to a defeat against Colorado in their first meeting. The teams reunite Thursday at the Coors Event Center.
— There’s plenty at stake for the Buffaloes who need a win and an Arizona defeat to capture the No. 4 seed in the Pac-12 Tournament and a first-round bye.
— Despite an 11-17 record and being tied for 10th in the Pac-12, Utah is averaging 9,633 fans, which ranks fourth in the conference.
— ESPN’s Jay Bilas tabs UCLA senior point guard Larry Drew II as the Pac-12 player of the year.
—Ron Kroichick at San Francisco Chronicle writes: “The NCAA Tournament is the best sporting event on the calendar. Sorry, NFL fans, but March Madness rules.”