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December 10, 2013 at 11:34 AM
Before traveling to Seattle for Saturday’s game against Washington, Idaho State takes on Utah 6 p.m. tonight at the Huntsmen Center.
Utes coach Larry Krystkowiak told the Deseret News: “They’re great shooters and we will need to be dialed in defensively. We have been presented with a lot of different styles and matchups in the nonconference slate and that’s been a great teaching tool. Their backcourt has a lot of firepower and we’ve had breakdowns defensively the last two games. They look to attack and want you to take a lot of 3s. We can’t settle and will need to attack.”
Idaho State is led by junior wing Chris Hansen (16 ppg.) and senior guard Tomas Sanchez (15.6 ppg.).
The Bengals are 3-2 overall, but 1-2 against Division I teams including an 88-60 defeat at Arizona State.
TUESDAY MORNING LINKS:
— No. 1 Arizona returns to the top of the polls after a 10-year absence. There’s only been four Pac-12 teams ranked No. 1. The others include: UCLA, Stanford and Oregon State. The Wildcats (9-0) are one of 15 unbeaten teams in the Division I ranks.
— No. 25 Colorado entered the Associated Press rankings for the first time this year.
— Colorado sophomore center Josh Scott is arguably one of the best big man in Buffaloes history.
— Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier is a triple double waiting to happen. He’s also gaining attention for his late-game heroics and making an early push for the Wooden award. UConn plays at Washington on Dec. 22.
— And finally, in the video (below) former UW standout Isaiah Thomas is doing Isaiah Thomas things. The Sacramento Kings guard is averaging 18.2 points 5.3 assists while shooting 45 percent from the field and 42 percent on three-pointers. He was a leading Sixth Man of the Year candidate, but moved into the starting lineup this week.
TONIGHT’S PAC-12 SCHEDULE:
Idaho State (3-2) at Utah (7-1), 6 p.m. ……………. Pac-12 Networks
Nevada (4-5) at California (6-3), 8 p.m. ………….. Pac-12 Networks
Picks: Utah and California
Season tally: 61-14
December 9, 2013 at 4:09 PM
Hard to believe that one shot can win a guy the Pac-12 Player of the Week award, but Askia Booker’s buzzer-beating three-pointer to beat then-No.6 Kansas was an amazing shot. Heck, it might be the shot of the college basketball season.
Booker also didn’t have much competition in the conference for the weekly award. His biggest challenge may have been teammate Spencer Dinwiddie, who had a monster performance in the previous game.
Still, no one was going to beat Booker after he sank the game-winning three-pointer that gave Colorado a 75-72 over Kansas. It was his third three-pointer in teh game. He was 5 of 12 from the field for 15 points. He also had three rebounds.
During a 67-62 win at cross-state rival Colorado State, Booker scored 12 points on 4-for-12 shooting. He also had two steals, a rebound and an assists.
In both games, Booker averaged 13.5 points, 2.o rebounds and 1.5 steals. Not overwhelming numbers, but my goodness that shot.
Other Pac-12 players nominated include: Arizona’s Brandon Ashley, Oregon’s Jonathan Loyd, UCLA’s Jordan Adams and Utah’s Delon Wright.
2013-14 Pac-12 Players of the Week
Nov. 11 …… Tyrone Wallace, So., California
Nov. 18 ….. Roberto Nelson, Sr., Oregon State
Nov. 25 ….. Jahii Carson, So., Arizona State
Dec. 2 ……. Nick Johnson, Jr., Arizona
December 9, 2013 at 4:45 AM
Washington blew a chance to grab its first big win of the season. Instead the Huskies return home after a 70-63 defeat at San Diego State with more questions about a leaky defense and an offense that’s overly dependent on its guards.
Washington’s loss drops the Pac-12′s record to 3-5 against ranked teams.
The Huskies (4-4) return to the court 1 p.m. Saturday against Idaho State at Alaska Airlines Arena.
MONDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Not sure how much longer UCLA coach Steve Alford can keep guard Zach LaVine on the bench. It’s a tricky situation because there’s no spot in the lineup for the talented freshman, who continues to draw raves from the national college basketball pundits. ESPN’s Jeff Goodman added the former Bothell High star to his weekly top 10 freshman list.
— Thanks to Mike Moser, who had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and Johnathan Loyd, who added 23 points and 15 assists, No. 13 Oregon survived a 39-point barrage from Ole Miss star Marshall Henderson in a 115-105 overtime win at Tad Smith Coliseum. Oregon (8-0) coughed up a six-point lead in the last 40 seconds, which included a three-pointer with 0.8 seconds to force overtime. In the extra period, the Ducks outscored the Rebels 26-16. Still the story of the game was Henderson, who continues to come off the bench despite being the best player on the team.
— USC overpowered Boston College in the second half for a 78-62 win at Galen Center. The Trojans had five players score at least 12 points, including freshman guard Julian Jacobs who had a team-high 16 and freshman forward Nikola Jovanovic who had 15. Boston College is a prolific three-point shooting team, but USC (6-3) held the Golden Eagles to 9-of-35 shooting (25.7 percent) behind the arc.
— Oregon State’s game against Arkansas Pine-Bluff was suspended indefinitely because the Golden Lions were stuck in Dallas due to inclement weather.
December 8, 2013 at 4:44 PM
Washington held No. 24 San Diego State to just 21 points at halftime and carried a nine-point lead into halftime.
After the intermission, everything changed.
The Huskies stout defense turned porous, allowing the Aztecs scored nearly at will in the second half during a 70-63 defeat.
SDSU used a 17-2 run early in the half to take the lead and control of the game. C.J. Wilcox (17 points and four assists) sank a layup to put UW back on top 41-40 with 11:24 left.
However, the Huskies lost the lead a minute later and never led again. They trailed by as many as nine points (64-55) with 3:24 remaining, but closed to within two points (65-63) at the 43-second mark.
From there Washington went 0 for 4 from the field while San Diego State made 5 of 6 free throws.
Nigel Williams-Goss had 14 points, five rebounds and five assists, Andrew Andrews added 13 points and six rebounds and Perris Blackwell had 11 of Washington’s 41 rebounds. SDSU had 31 boards.
Mike Anderson added eight points and five rebounds and UW received just five points from its bench.
Washington held SDSU to 27.6 percent shooting in the first half, but the Aztecs converted 60 percent (15 of 25) of their field goals in the second half. SDSU also destroyed UW at the free throw line after the break. The Aztecs were 4 of 6 at the line in the first half and 16 of 21 in the second half. They were 20 of 27 (74.1 percent) for the game while the Huskies were 11 of 13 (84.6 percent).
Washington also had trouble with Xavier Thames (19 points and six assists), Winston Shephard (17 points), JJ O’Brien 910 points) and Josh Davis (eight points and 10 rebounds.)
The Huskies fell to 4-4.
December 8, 2013 at 10:17 AM
[Editor's note: We're covering today's Washington-San Diego State game with a stringer. Check back later today for a breakdown of the game.]
Only one person had a somewhat accurate read of Washington’s 92-89 double overtime win on Nov. 30 against Long Beach State.
Congrats to scgotts who predicted the Huskies would win 94-85 while almost everyone else picked a UW blowout win or a LBSU narrow upset.
Good job. Contact me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Twitter to claim your prize.
OK, let’s move on.
TODAY’S PAC-12 SCHEDULE:
Washington (4-3) at No. 24 San Diego State (6-1), 12 p.m. …………. CBS Sports Network
No. 13 Oregon (7-0) at Ole Miss (5-1), 2 p.m. …………………………….. ESPNU
Boston College (3-5) at USC (5-3), 4 p.m. ………………………………….. Pac-12 Networks
Picks: Ole Miss and BC
Season tally: 60-12
AND THE UW-SAN DIEGO STATE WINNER IS …
December 8, 2013 at 9:42 AM
Scouting report: No. 24 San Diego State
Game info: 12 p.m. Sunday at Viejas Arena (12,414 capacity).
TV: CBS Sports Network (Dave Ryan and Doug Gottlieb)
Radio: 950-AM KJR (Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton).
2012-13 record: 23-11 overall, 9-7 (tied fourth in Mountain Big West).
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Coach: Steve Fisher was at the top of the college basketball world in 1991 when he assembled the most talented group of freshmen in NCAA history at Michigan. They called themselves the Fab Five and they advanced to the NCAA tournament championship game in 1991 and ’92. Fisher’s teams made three more NCAA tourney appearance, but he was fired at Michigan following an off-court scandal with a booster. He landed at San Diego State where he built another powerhouse. In 14 years he has a 287-169 record with the Aztecs, including an appearance in the NCAA tournament in the past four years. His overall record is 472-250 in 23 years.
Prediction: The Aztecs were picked to finish fourth in the 11-team Mountain West preseason media poll.
Series: Washington leads 2-0 in a series that began Dec. 27, 2003.
Last meeting: The Huskies won 98-69 on Dec. 7, 2004 when Nate Robinson scored 24 points and Tre Simmons added a career-high 23. They combined to make 13 of their first 17 shots, including eight of 11 3-pointers. Robinson finished 9-for-16 overall and 3-for-7 from beyond the arc. Simmons was 9-for-13 for the game and 5-for-7 on 3-pointers.
Previous game: The Aztecs made four free throws in the final 12.2 seconds and No. 24 San Diego State escaped with a 65-64 win against cross-city rival San Diego on Thursday night after the Toreros missed a three-pointer as time expired.
December 8, 2013 at 2:07 AM
Hardly anyone remembers Colorado’s season-opening defeat to No. 25 Baylor anymore. Not now. Not after the Buffaloes shot down No. 6 Kansas with a buzzer-beating three-pointer from Askia Booker that gave them a 75-72 win and their ninth-straight victory. The win also snaps a 19-game losing streak to the Jayhawks.
Hats off to Booker who had been in a shooting slump. He entered the game shooting 37.6 percent from the field and 23.8 percent on three-pointers. However, he made 3 of 6 from downtown and 5 of 12 from the floor for 15 points.
It’s somewhat ironic CU won with a three-pointer because it shot 7 of 22 behind the arc and is 11th in the Pac-12 in three-point accuracy.
Still, here’s to the Buffaloes for overcoming the absence of Wes Gordon and receiving 15 points from Spencer Dinwiddie while Josh Scott and Xavier Johnson each added 14.
And here’s to coach Tad Boyle for having the courage to put a perennial college basketball powerhouse on the non-conference schedule and bring them to town for a game in front of their fans.
The Buffs were pummeled 90-54 at Kansas last year, but there’s no real downside in setting up a home-and-home arrangement with a school like Kansas. Colorado’s RPI didn’t take a big hit after last year’s loss at Allen Fieldhouse.
And the Buffaloes gave their fans a memory for a lifetime after Saturday’s big victory.
Most college basketball observers considered Colorado and up-and-coming team, but now the Buffaloes have a statement win that’s going to look great on the resume in March when the Selection Committee is seeding for the NCAA tournament.
Expect Colorado to be ranked for the first time this season when the newest polls are released Monday. More importantly, CU (9-1) increased the Pac-12 record against ranked teams to 3-4. Arizona and Arizona State have the other wins.
December 4, 2013 at 5:25 PM
In the video (above), coach Lorenzo Romar talked about Washington’s porous defense, which allows 86.1 points per game and is ranked 342nd nationally.
He said playing at No. 24 San Diego State will prepare the Huskies for the Pac-12 season and acknowledged a win could boost UW’s sagging 206th RPI.
Romar also touched on former football coach Steve Sarkisian, who left Washington and took the USC job.
“Man, I understand why he made the move,” Romar said. “I understand. But I hate to see my man go. He’s been the best. Him and his wife Stephanie and the children, they … (laughs). Anyone who doesn’t understand what him and his staff were able to do here in the time that they were here, I don’t understand them.
“I mean you go from 0-12 to four bowl games in five years. I think people take that kind of stuff for granted. That’s crazy. I’m going to miss him. I’m going to miss him, just his genuine attitude, his jumper in pickup games, his willingness to help wherever he can help, speaking to recruits for us. I’m going to miss him a lot.”
Romar, who grew up in Compton, Calif., said he understands Sarkisian’s desire to return home to Southern California. Sarkisian was born in Torrance, Calif.
Romar, a former UW player, returned to Montlake in 2002 to coach the Huskies. During his tenure, there’s been four football coaches. Here’s the list.
Name ……………………….. Tenure ………. UW Record
Rick Neuheisel* …………. 1999-2002 ……. 33-16
Keith Gilbertson …………. 2003-04 ……….. 7-16
Tyrone Willingham ……… 2005-08 ………… 11-37
Steve Sarkisian ………… 2009-13 …………. 34-29
December 4, 2013 at 4:15 PM
In the video (above), freshman guard Darin Johnson talks about Washington’s new defense, adjusting to college basketball and Sunday’s game at San Diego State.
Last year Johnson and former Sheldon High teammates Dakarai Allen and D’Erryl Williams visited SDSU and considered committing to the Aztecs as a three-player package. Allen and Williams chose San Diego State.
December 4, 2013 at 8:17 AM
Add Arizona legendary coach Lute Olson to the growing list of fans who don’t like the new NCAA defensive rules, which prohibit hand-checking and gives offensive players more freedom than ever before.
Scoring is up in the Pac-12, but fans have complained about the frequent calls and the increase in free throws.
“Frankly, I really don’t like it that much,” Olson said told CBSsports.com. “I think it takes teams out of their rhythm. It seems like there is a whistle stopping play so many times. I can understand if they are arm-barring a kid and keeping him from where he wants to go.
“Some of these touch fouls I think are ridiculous. I don’t think they are good for the game.”
TUESDAY MORNING LINKS:
— No letdown for No. 2 Arizona, which crushed Texas Tech 79-58. With new point guard T.J. McConnell directing the offense and distributing 10 assists, Aaron Gordon (19 points and eight rebounds) and Brandon Ashley (18 points and 10 rebounds) dominated the Red Raiders inside while Nick Johnson (18 points and four three-pointers) provided a perimeter assault. The Wildcats improved to 8-0.
— Tied 42-42 at halftime, No. 18 UCLA pulled away in the second half thanks to Jordan Adams (22 points) and claimed an 89-76 win over UC Santa Barbara. Kyle Anderson had 21 points and nine rebounds, Zach LaVine 15 points and Norman Powell 13. It was the seventh straight game the Bruins (8-0) scored at least 80 points. They’re averaging 90.6 points, which ranks sixth nationally.
— Something about Colorado State brings out the best in Spencer Dinwiddie. The Colorado junior scored 28 points – one shy of his personal best, which he set last year against CSU – to lead the Buffaloes to a 67-62 win over their cross-state rivals. Askia Booker added 12 points and Jaron Hopkins 10 for CU (8-1).
— Something had to give when undefeated Utah traveled to play undefeated Boise State. The Utes lost for the first time – 69-67 – due in part to poor free-throw shooting down the stretch. Utah made 8 of 15 at the line, which included five misses in the final 10 minutes. Jordan Loveridge (19) and Delon Wright (15) led the Utes (6-1).