March 7, 2013 at 9:16 AM
Thursday morning links: Pac-12 race tightens
A few links from Washington’s 65-57 win over USC on Wednesday night.
Aside from the Huskies’ win, there were two big stories/games in the Pac-12 last night.
AROUND THE PAC-12:
— Up next for Washington is No. 23 UCLA (23-8, 12-5), which had its 19-game win streak in Pullman snapped last night. The Bruins lost 73-61 at Washington State.
— WSU coach Ken Bone told the Spokesman Review: “It’s a huge confidence-builder that we can continue to do the right things and pull out a victory by doing that.”
— The Cougars snapped a nine-game losing streak and improved to 12-14 and 3-14.
— Stanford upset California 83-70 at Haas Pavilion. Last year the Cardinal prevented the Golden Bears from winning the Pac-12 regular-season title with a win in the regular-season finale and it looks as if Cal will be denied again.
— The Cardinal’s blowout win included a fight between the teams that resulted in six technical fouls and the ejection of two players and three assistant coaches.
— No. 19 Oregon (23-6, 12-4) can secure at least a share of its first conference title since 2002 with a win tonight over Colorado.
— The Ducks have lost three consecutive one-point games to the Buffaloes.
— With a win Colorado (19-9, 9-7) has a chance to get the No. 4 seed, which carries a bye into the Pac-12 quarterfinals.
— Somebody has to win when Oregon State (13-16, 3-13) meets Utah (11-17, 3-13) tonight. It’s possible Washington will play one of these teams next week in the first round of the Pac-12 tourney.
— Arizona seniors Solomon Hill and Kevin Parrom want to finish their college basketball careers on a high note.
— Doug Haller at the Arizona Republic gives his Pac-12 awards and believes Cal’s Allen Crabbe is the player of the year.