When asked about Washington’s postseason hopes, junior forward Desmond Simmons said: “I don’t feel we’re in desperation mode. … We’re not looking ahead to anybody. We know we have seven games left, but we’re just looking forward to Stanford.”
The Huskies may not be in desperation mode, but they certainly know time is running out if they’re going to finish the season in the NCAA tournament. Only seven regular-season games remain. However, five are at home where Washington is 4-0 in Pac-12 play.
WEDNESDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Stanford’s sharpshooting senior John Gage, who led Vashon Island High to a 2009 1A state championship, makes his last trip home with the Cardinal.
— Need a break from reality? Then join coach Lorenzo Romar, Kentucky’s John Calipari, Gonzaga’s Mark Few, Grand Canyon’s Dan Majerle, Arizona’s Sean Miller, Georgetown’s John Thompson III and Villanova’s Jay Wright who will coach a USA Basketball fantasy camp from July 30-August 1 in Las Vegas.
— Bud Withers takes a look at the dwindling attendance in the Pac-12.
— It’s taken awhile, but California freshman center Kameron Rooks is finally starting to make some significant contributions for the Golden Bears after shedding 40 pounds from his 7-foot, 300-pound frame.
— Without a realistic shot at a NCAA tournament at-large berth, Washington State (9-14, 2-9 Pac-12) is simply trying to win as many games as possible.
— In lieu of the off-the-court incidents in college basketball last week, Arizona coach Sean Miller reminded his players how they should react in dealing with fans.
— Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis has come up with another really innovative scheduling idea.