It was a great audition for Washington, which pulled away from Division II Central Washington in the second half and cruised to a 95-65 exhibition win in front of a sparse crowd of 4,985 at Alaska Airlines Arena.
THURSDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Oregon announced Monday morning sophomores Dominic Artis and Ben Carter will be suspended nine games for selling shoes given to them by the school
— Check out the camouflage gear Nike provided Oregon and Georgetown before they play in the Armed Forces Classic in South Korea.
— In Oregon’s last outing, a 68-52 exhibition win over Point Loma, guard Johnathan Loyd told the Register-Guard: “We played terrible.”
— Arizona – and every other team in the nation – is still adjusting to the new defensive rules.
— Utah’s exhibition game against Saint Martin’s last week produced 56 fouls and 69 free throws. Coach Larry Krystkowiak told the Deseret News: “There may be the growing pains for players having to sit on the bench, fans having to watch a game that doesn’t have as much flow to it. But then I think the players are going to wise up and they don’t want to sit in foul trouble.’’
— Arizona State sophomore Jahii Carson, who plans to enter the NBA draft next summer, told the Arizona Republic “I want to leave on a good note.” Reading between the lines, he preseason all-American point guard doesn’t want to return to the NIT and hopes to play in the NCAA tournament. Carson is looking to expand on last season’s breakout performance.
— California coach Mike Montgomery will lean heavily on the team’s five freshmen, especially touted newcomer Jabari Bird and Jordan Matthews, who scored 15 points in an exhibition win over Humbodlt State.
— Colorado forward Josh Scott faces a tall task Friday when the Buffaloes face No. 25 Baylor, which is led by 7-0 center Isaiah Austin and 6-9 forward Corey Jefferson.
— Colorado redshirt freshman Chris Jenkins quit earlier this week and coach Tad Boyle wishes he could give that scholarship to a walk-on, but NCAA rules say no.
— Given the Pac-12’s $3 billion TV deal, it seems impossible Colorado has a $5.6 million shortfall.
— Now that the exhibitions are over, Doug Haller at the Arizona Republic drops a few notes before the Pac-12 men’s college basketball season begins Friday.
— There just might be another Gary Payton at Oregon State. The Sonics legend’s son Gary Payton II is considering playing for the Beavers 23 years after his famous father guided the Beavers to their last NCAA tournament appearance. The younger Payton also has scholarship offers from Utah, St. Mary’s and BYU.
— USC has a new mascot.
— ESPN’s Jay Bilas offers a unique take on the 2013-14 college basketball season.