Priority No. 1 for Washington this offseason is finding someone to replace C.J. Wilcox, their leading scorer the past two seasons who ranks second on the school’s all-time scoring list.
It won’t be easy. There’s plenty of candidates, but no obvious great choice.
After his final game with Washington, Wilcox said freshman guard Nigel Williams-Goss and sophomore guard Andrew Andrews made the biggest strides this season. Wilcox also said freshman guard Darin Johnson has the potential to replace him in the lineup and climb UW’s career scoring list.
WEDNESDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Bud Withers on fired coach Ken Bone, Washington State’s coaching search and the challenge to win on the court in Pullman: “It’s my contention that, contrary to popular wisdom, it’s harder to succeed in basketball at WSU than football. The Cougars, after all, have been to more Rose Bowls than Washington in the past two decades. They’ve been to six NCAA men’s basketball tournaments in 75 years.”
— Jerry Brewer opines about the sad state of affairs for college basketball teams in Washington. Other than Gonzaga of course.
— Arizona’s defense is historically good.
— For UCLA, location is more important than seeding in the NCAA tournament. The fourth-seeded Bruins are in the South region, but they begin the tournament this week in San Diego.
— Arizona State has been plagued by slow starts recently.
— No. 10 seed Stanford will have its hands full against a tough and motivated No. 7 seed New Mexico, which wants to make amends for an upset loss in the tournament last year.
— Without star guard Spencer Dinwiddie, who suffered a season-ending knee injury, Colorado made its way to the NCAA tournament for third straight year. Askia Booker is a big reason why the Buffaloes are dancing.
— A fun look at how the 1939 Oregon team, dubbed the “Tall Firs” made its way to the NCAA tournament regional in San Francisco compared to this year’s team that traveled to Milwaukee for Thursday’s game against BYU.
— And of course, the Ducks will make a fashion statement at the Big Dance.
— Meanwhile, Oregon freshman Brandon Austin is being investigated by police in Providence, R.I., in connection with an alleged sexual assault.
— Jordan Loveridge scored 16 points for Utah, which led Saint Mary’s the entire first half and was up 41-31 with 12:30 remaining before collapsing down the stretch in their National Invitation Tournament opener. However, the fifth-seeded Utes missed five of their last six shots and committed four turnovers during a devastating 70-58 loss at McKeon Pavilion. Utah (21-12), which ended Washington’s season, finished with two straight losses, including a demoralizing 71-39 defeat to Arizona in the Pac-12 Tournament quarterfinals.
— Oregon State is one of the favorites to win the College Basketball Invitational, which begins Wednesday.
— And finally, some good news for Washington fans.
Get me on the court and I'm trouble Last week messed around and got a triple double #TodayWasAgoodDay
— Isaiah Thomas (@Isaiah_Thomas2) March 19, 2014
TODAY’S PAC-12 SCHEDULE:
Oregon State (16-15) will play Radford (21-12), 7 p.m.