Washington evened its record to 3-3 after Tuesday’s 83-79 win over Montana.
WEDNESDAY MORNING LINKS:
— No. 4 Arizona is all business and no sightseeing during its trip to New York. The Wildcats face Drexel today in the semifinals of the preseason NIT. They could face No. 6 Duke in the finals if both teams win today.
— Utah began fundraising for a new $24 million basketball-only facility. Groundbreaking is scheduled for the spring 2014 and it open in 2015. The 80,000 square-foot facility is expected to include two gymnasiums, a sports medicine center, film rooms, locker rooms and a strength, conditioning center and a 6,000-square-foot hall of fame. Here’s a photo gallery of the proposed design.
— The Utes have build a 5-0 record on a soft schedule. The competition picks up a little bit today when Utah hosts Ball State (2-2).
— We’ve hammered UCLA fans for their lack of support and low attendance figures. The Bruins average announced attendance is 5,673 in the 13,800-seat arena through the first five home games. Perhaps a reason for the low turnout are high ticket prices. According to Vividseats.com, a secondary ticket broker, UCLA has the sixth highest-priced tickets in all of college basketball, with the median price $95.
— Without forward Richard Solomon (eye abrasion), California’s used a four-guard lineup that came up short against No. 8 Syracuse in the semifinals of the Maui Invitational. The Golden Bears’ 92-81 loss was their first defeat, which dropped them to 5-1. Justin Cobbs (18 points, eight assists, five rebounds and four steals) had a big game. Cal also received 17 points from freshman guard Jabari Bird and forward David Kravish added 15. The Golden Bears play Dayton today in a consolation game.
— Another impressive win for Oregon State, which rolled 101-81 over SIU Edwardsville. The Beavers are 3-0 with Devon Collier who was suspended from the season-opening loss. He tallied 20 points, seven rebounds and two blocks last night. Angus Brandt had 19 points, Roberto Nelson 17 and Victor Robbins 12.
— Dwight Powell had 20 points, nine rebounds and six assists, but Stanford lost 88-67 to Pittsburgh in the Progressive Legends Classic title game in Brooklyn, New York. The Cardinal (5-2) fell behind 43-28 at halftime and never got any closer than 11 the rest of the way.