Washington throttled Oregon State 86-62 on Saturday and the Huskies hope their 24-point victory is the start of a winning streak heading into the Pac-12 Tournament. They have three games remaining, all at Alaska Airlines Arena.
SUNDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Turns out Washington’s win wasn’t the biggest rout on Saturday. No. 4 Arizona destroyed Colorado 88-61 for their first win in Boulder since 1973. They did it by holding Colorado without a bucket until 9:50 remained in the first half, then by shooting 84.6 percent in the second half. Freshman forward Aaron Gordon led the way with a career-high 23 points and Nick Johnson added 20 points. Arizona (25-2, 12-2) needs one win to secure at least a share of the Pac-12 regular-season title.
— ESPN’s College GameDay crew were in Boulder and the game was the featured showcase for the network. The 27-point loss wasn’t a good-look for Colorado (20-8, 9-6) and it was the largest margin of defeat in Tad Boyle’s four-year tenure. Askia Booker told the Daily Camera: “We’re all embarrassed, man. Like, really embarrassed. This is something that, whether we’re on the road or at home, this should never happen again.”
— Chasson Randle made a career-high seven 3-pointers and scored 26 points to help Stanford boost their case for an at-large NCAA tournament berth with an 83-74 victory over No. 23 UCLA. Josh Huestis tied a career high with 22 points and Anthony Brown had 18 for the Cardinal (18-8, 9-5 Pac-12), who have won five of its past six games.
— Zach LaVine and Normal Powell scored 14 points each and Tony Parker added 13 for No. 23 UCLA (21-6, 10-4), which fell two games behind No. 4 Arizona for the conference lead. Having lost the only scheduled meeting against the Wildcats, the Bruins has little margin for error in its quest for the regular-season title. They have four games left.
— Times reporter Lewis Kamb takes a look at longtime tax subsidy for women’s sports, which helps support Washington’s massive athletic budget.
— Oregon’s Damyean Dotson was cited for using false identification Saturday night. Not sure why he was at a bar 12:47 a.m.when the Ducks have a game today against Washington State.
— It figures to be a long night for WSU at Matthew Knight Arena on Sunday night. The Cougars average 62.6 points and the Ducks average 83.5.
— After being outrebounded by 21 in Wednesday loss at Colorado, Arizona State will focus on rebounding when it plays at Utah on Sunday.
— The Utes aren’t likely to make the NCAA tournament, but a few more wins should send them to the NIT.
— Not Pac-12 related, but the college basketball world is talking about Saturday’s showdown between No. 1 Syracuse and No. 4 Duke. The game was decided when Orangmen coach Jim Boeheim picked up two technical fouls with 10.4 seconds. He ran on the court protesting a charge call and was ejected.
TODAY’S PAC-12 SCHEDULE:
Arizona State (19-7, 8-5) at Utah (17-9, 6-8), 5 p.m. PT ……….. ESPNU
USC (10-16, 1-12) at California (17-9, 8-5), 5 p.m. ………………. Fox Sports 1
Washington State (9-17, 2-12) at Oregon (17-8, 5-8), 6 p.m. ….. Pac-12 Networks
Picks: Utah, Cal and Oregon
Pac-12 tally: 60-23 (.722)
Season tally: 159-46 (.760)