December 3, 2013 at 9:24 AM
Inbound-Washington forward Tristan Etienne had a big weekend.
The 6-10, 215-pound senior at W.J. Mouat in Abbotsford, Canada led the third-ranked Hawks to a 75-67 win over No. 1 Tamamawis of Surrey on Sunday at the second annual Tsumura Basketball Invitational at the Langley Events Centre.
Etienne had 31 points and 14 rebounds for the Hawks (4-0) with coach Lorenzo Romar sitting in the stands.
“Tristan was awesome today,” Mouat head coach Rich Ralston told The Province. “That was maybe one of the best games I have seen him play.”
Etienne isn’t expected to help the Huskies immediately next season and it’s believed he needs to add weight and improve his strength and conditioning. However, he’s starting to show signs that maybe he can crack the rotation next season.
Etienne and Timberline High wing Donaven Dorsey signed scholarship papers with the Huskies last month. Washington currently has one available scholarship.
December 2, 2013 at 2:14 PM
After leading No. 2 Arizona to the NIT Season-Tip Off championship and a pair of wins including a victory over then-No. 6 Duke, Arizona’s Nick Johnson won the Pac-12 Player of the Week award.
It’s the second award in a span of three days for the junior guard who won Most Outstanding Player honors at the NIT Season Tip-Off.
He averaged 17.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists last week during two games at Madison Square Garden.
In the 66-62 win over Drexel, Johnson scored a team-high 20 points. He converted 5 of 12 field goals, including the transition layup that gave Arizona its first lead of the game. He also had a team-high four assists and five rebounds.
Against Duke, Johnson scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half of the 72-66 win. He also had two rebounds, two blocks and two steals.
For the third time in four weeks, Washington nominated C.J. Wilcox. The senior guard averaged 21.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in two wins for the Huskies.
Others Pac-12 players nominated: California’s Justin Cobbs, Colorado’s Josh Scott, Oregon’s Johnathan Loyd, Oregon State’s Devon Collier, Stanford’s Dwight Powell, UCLA’s Kyle Anderson, USC’s Pe’Shon Howard and Washington State’s DaVonté Lacy.
2012-13 PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK WINNERS:
Nov. 25 – Arizona State’s Jahii Carson
Nov. 18 – Oregon State’s Roberto Nelson
Nov. 11 — California’s Tyrone Wallace
December 2, 2013 at 12:40 PM
After its convincing win over Duke to win the NIT Season-Tip Off championship, Arizona rose to No. 2 in Associated Press and USA Today/coaches top 25 polls.
It’s the highest ranking for the Wildcats since coach Sean Miller took over in 2009.
Oregon is 13th in both polls while UCLA is 17th in the coaches’ ranking and 18th in the AP poll.
The writers gave Colorado 17 votes and the Buffaloes received eight votes from the coaches. No other Pac-12 team received a vote.
Interesting to note, San Diego State, which plays Washington on Sunday, entered the AP poll for the first time this week at No. 24. The Aztecs (5-1) are unranked in the coaches’ poll.
After the first month of the season, it’s shaping up to be a three-team race in the Pac-12.
Arizona, Oregon and UCLA are the class of the conference while Colorado, Arizona State, Stanford and California are lumped in the middle. No one really knows what to make of Utah, which built a 6-0 record on a cream puff schedule.
Washington, USC, Oregon State and Washington State have struggled as projected.
Here’s how the conference stacks up in the RPI: Arizona (14), Oregon (25), Colorado (26), UCLA (46), Arizona State (76), Stanford (87), USC (104), California (125), Washington State (160), Utah (163), Oregon State (169) and Washington (205).
December 2, 2013 at 2:48 AM
Last week the Huskies returned home after a pair of defeats in New York and their RPI was 196th in the CBS Sports Ranking.
After two close wins at home to a pair of mid-major teams, Washington fell to 206th in the CBSsports.com RPI.
MONDAY MORNING LINKS:
— The Oregonian breaks down Oregon coach Dana Altman’s new three-year contract extension, which includes a $40,000 bonus if the Ducks win the Pac-12 regular-season title.
— Altman is dealing with back pain after the seventh-ranked Ducks rolled over Cal Poly 82-61 in the Global Sports Hardwood Classic. Oregon (7-0) received 35 points from the bench including 14 points apiece from Richard Armadi and Elgin Cook. Starting guards Johnathan Loyd, Damyean Dotson and Joseph Young each had 13 points.
— Stanford scored the game’s first 13 points and never trailed South Dakota State in a 92-60 blowout victory as part of the Progressive Legends Classic at Maples Pavilion. Chasson Randle scored 21 points and Anthony Brown 19. Stanford improved to 6-2.
— There’s no telling where Washington State would be at without standout guard DaVonte Lacy who scored 25 points during its 72-67 defeat to St. Joseph’s in the fifth/sixth place game at the Old Spice Classic in the Buena Vista, Fla.
— Arizona State point guard Jahii Carson scored fewer than 10 points for the first time this season during the Sun Devils’ 60-57 defeat to Miami in the final round of the Wooden Legacy basketball tournament at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. Jordan Bachnyski picked up the slack and finished with 20 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks.
— Despite a 32-point performance by Devon Collier, Oregon State lost 93-81 to DePaul that snapped the Beavers’ three-game winning streak.
December 1, 2013 at 9:03 AM
The Huskies stumbled defensively and were pushed to the max, but survived once again and pulled out a 92-89 double-overtime victory that wasn’t decided until the final seconds.
SUNDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Mike Moser had 15 rebounds and 13 points in No. 14 Oregon’s 91-76 victory over North Dakota.
— It was a homecoming for Josh Scott who scored 16 points to lead Colorado in an 81-57 rout at Air Force for its seventh win in a row. Scott went to high school a short distance from the Air Force Academy.
— Behind 23 points from Pe’Shon Howard USC beat Xavier 84-78 in the seventh-place game at the Battle 4 Atlantis.
November 30, 2013 at 4:48 AM
After Arizona’s 72-66 win over No. 6 Duke, the Pac-12 is 2-4 against ranked teams this season. Here’s a look at those games.
Date Game Result
Nov. 8 Colorado vs. No. 25 Baylor (at Dallas) L 72-60
Nov. 21 Washington State at No. 15 Gonzaga L 90-74
Nov. 25 No. 25 Marquette at Arizona State W, 79-77
Nov. 26 California vs. No. 8 Syracuse (Maui Invitational) L, 92-81
Nov. 28 Arizona State vs. No. 20 Creighton (Fullerton, CA) L, 88-60
Nov. 29 No. 4 Arizona vs. No. 6 Duke (New York) W, 72-66
SATURDAY MORNING LINKS:
— On paper, Air Force (3-3) shouldn’t present much of a challenge for Colorado (6-1) when the teams meet today, but the Buffaloes aren’t overlooking their in-state rival.
— No. 4 Arizona made a big statement Friday knocking off No. 6 Duke 72-66 to win the NIT Season Tip-Off in front of a raucous Madison Square Garden and a national audience awed by the Wildcats balance, depth, talented back court and front court size. In short, Arizona (7-0) looks like a NCAA championship contender with few weaknesses. Nick Johnson led the Wildcats with 15 points and picked up the MVP trophy.
— No. 14 Oregon trailed by seven points at halftime to Pacific before going on a 20-0 run to start the second half and cruise to an 85-62 victory. Three transfers led the way for the Ducks (5-0). Mike Moser scored 19 points, backup guard Jason Calliste 15 and Joseph Young 14.
— Remember when USC coach Andy Enfield took a shot at cross-town rival UCLA. “If you want to play slow, go to UCLA,” he told the Trojans during a practice. Well, No. 19 UCLA is averaging 90.9 points in the first seven games, which ranks sixth in the nation. The Bruins entered Friday’s game with two 100-plus scoring outings, but came up short of the century mark while rolling over Northwestern 95-79. Kyle Anderson had 16 points, nine rebounds and nine assists while Jordan Adams, Zach LaVine and Bryce Alford each had 18 points.
— After suffering its first loss Thursday, Arizona State got back on track Friday with an 80-58 beatdown over the College of Charleston in the Wooden Legacy basketball tournament in Fullerton, Calif. Jahii Carson had 21 points and seven rebounds, Jordan Bachynski added 16 points while Johnathan Gilling poured drained five three-pointers for 15 points. The Sun Devils improved to 7-1.
— Washington State snapped a three-game losing streak with an incredible 69-54 upset victory over Purdue in the Old Spice Classic consolation round in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Cougars (3-3) trailed 27-17 at halftime and outscored the Boilermakers 52-27 in the second half. Purdue (5-2) entered the game averaging 86.3 points. It was a season low scoring performance for a WSU opponent. DaVonte Lacy led four Cougars who scored in double digits with 16 points.
— USC lost 77-63 to Wake Forest in a consolation game in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in Paradise Island, Bahamas. Byron Wesley scored 12 points for the Trojans (4-3).
November 29, 2013 at 12:11 PM
Thought I’d pass along a few links.
FRIDAY AFTERNOON LINKS:
— Personally I think Nick Johnson is the best player at Arizona and he doesn’t get enough attention, but most of the nation will be focused on battle of top freshmen Aaron Gordon and Jabari Bird when the No. 4 Wildcats play No. 6 Duke today in the NIT Season Tip-Off finals at Madison Square Garden.
— Arizona coach Sean Miller told the Arizona Daily Star: “We have to play an excellent game but I know we’re capable of doing that. But they’re a very good team, they’re the type of team that’s competing for the national championship, and I think we’ll learn a lot about where we are.”
— No. 19 UCLA hasn’t wavered from the script through its first six games and Thursday was no different. The Bruins destroyed Nevada 105-84 with a diverse offense led by Jordan Adams, who had a game-high 21 points. Kyle Anderson, who is a triple double threat, finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. Norman Powell and David Wear added 14 and 10 points respectively. This time, UCLA (6-0) also got a huge lift from the bench when Zach LaVine scored 21 points.
— In a matchup of two potential All-Americans, Doug McDermott scored 27 points to lead No. 20 Creighton to an 88-60 win over Jahii Carson and Arizona State. Carson finished with 15 points, four assists and four rebounds.
— DaVonte Lacy notched 26 points – the third time he’s scored 20 or more – but Washington State dropped its third straight game in a 76-69 loss to Butler in the first round of the Old Spice Classic in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
— Got the feeling new USC coach Andy Enfield is still trying to figure out just what exactly he has in this season. The Trojans never led in a 94-79 defeat to Villanova. Omar Oraby (five points and four rebounds) was a non-factor for USC (4-2). Byron Wesley needed 15 shots to score 15 points and Pe’Shon Howard scored a season-high 23 points.
— UTEP coach Tim Floyd said his dustup with Enfield is over.
TODAY’S PAC-12 SCHEDULE:
Washington State (2-3) vs. Purdue (5-1) at Orlando, Fla., 8 a.m. …………….. ESPNU
Pacific (4-0) at No. 14 Oregon (4-0), noon …………………………………………….. Pac-12 Networks
USC (4-2) vs. Wake Forest (5-1) at Nassau, Bahamas, 12:30 p.m. …………….. AXS
No. 4 Arizona vs. No. 6 Duke at New York, 3 p.m. …………………………………… ESPN
No. 19 UCLA (6-0) vs. Northwestern (4-3) at Las Vegas, 8:30 p.m. ………….. ESPN2
Arizona State (6-1) vs. Charleston (2-4) at Fullerton, Calif., 9 p.m. ………….. ESPNU
Picks: Purdue, Oregon, Wake Forest, Duke, UCLA and ASU
Season tally: 48-10
November 28, 2013 at 10:47 AM
Best day of the year for sports fans and turkey-eating enthusiasts.
THANKSGIVING DAY LINKS:
— Oregon coach Dana Altman received a three-year extension that extends his contract to the 2019-20 season. He makes $1.8 million annually, which ranks third in the Pac-12 and 20th nationally. Altman is 77-37 in three years. The Ducks have improved in the postseason each year under Altman. They advanced to the College Basketball Invitational in 2011, the National Invitation Tournament in 2012 and the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2013.
— According to Seth Davis at SI.com, “USC coach Andy Enfield and UTEP coach Tim Floyd got into a heated discussion that quickly escalated, with assistants from the respective schools having to be separated.” All of this happened at a Battle 4 Atlantis reception in Nassau, Bahamas. At the center of the argument is former UTEP player Isaac Hamilton, who considered transferring to USC before choosing UCLA. UTEP and USC are not currently scheduled to play each other in the tournament, but they could face off Saturday in a consolation bracket game.
— Arizona State senior Jordan Bachnyski looks like he’s going to be an all-Pac-12 pick. The shot-blocking specialist is averaging 14 points and 11.8 rebounds.
— Freshmen guards Zach LaVine and Bryce Alford have been used as offensive spark plugs off the bench for No. 19 UCLA.
— Washington State is spending Thanksgiving in Orlando, Fla. at the Old Spice Classic.
— No. 4 Arizona overcame a 19-point deficit and rallied in the second half to eke out a 66-62 win over Drexel in the NIT Season Tip-Off semifinal at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Nick Johnson had 20 points, five rebounds and four assists, Kaleb Tarczewski finished with 15 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks and Aaron Gordon had 10 points and 13 rebounds. The Wildcats (6-0) face Duke (6-1) on Friday.
— California didn’t put up much of a fight in an 82-64 loss to Dayton n the third-place game of the Maui Invitational. Golden Bears coach Mike Montgomery said: “(Justin Cobbs) was the only guy who could do anything. I thought Dayton was quicker than us at every position.” Cobbs finished with 31 points. Cal was 1-2 in the tournament and fell to 5-2 overall.
— Utah’s 88-69 win over Ball State was a statement game for Delon Wright. The junior-college transfer finished with a career-high 23 points, seven assists, four rebounds and five steals in 23 minutes. The Utes improved to 6-0.
USC (4-1) vs. Villanova (4-0), (Nassau, Bahamas) …………………………….. AXS
Washington State (2-2) vs. Butler (4-0). 11 a.m. (Orlando, Fla.) …………. ESPN2
No. 19 UCLA (5-0) vs. Nevada (3-3), 4:30 p.m. (Las Vegas) ……………….. ESPN3
Arizona State (6-0) vs. No. 20 Creighton (4-0), 8 p.m. ………………………. ESPN2
Picks: Villanova, Butler, UCLA and ASU
Season tally: 45-9
November 27, 2013 at 9:30 AM
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.
November 26, 2013 at 8:07 AM
Arizona State knocked off No. 25 Marquette 79-77 last night to give the Pac-12 its first win over a ranked team this season. The conference is 1-2.
Sophomore point guard Jahii Carson led the way with 23 points and five assists, Jermaine Marshall added 21 points and 7-2 center Jordan Bachnyski (14 points and 11 rebounds) came up with the play of the game. The Sun Devils all-time blocks leader swatted Derrick Wilson’s runner at the buzzer for his seventh block, helping ASU to a 6-0 start.
AROUND THE PAC-12:
— Bud Withers maps out what could be a big week for the Pac-12.
— David Kravish had 19 points and 15 rebounds to lead California over Arkansas 85-77 in the Maui Invitational. Ricky Kreklow scored 17 off the bench, Justin Cobbs and Jabari Bird each had 15 and Richard Solomon 11 for the Golden Bears (5-0). Cal plays No. 8 Syracuse on Tuesday.
— Stanford traveled to Brooklyn, New York for the Progressive Legends Classic and defeated Houston 86-76. Dwight Powell and Anthony Brown each had 20 points and Josh Huestis (13 points and 13 rebounds) had a double double for the Cardinal (5-1). Stanford plays Pittsburth on Tuesday.
— Roberto Nelson, who ranks second nationally in scoring averaging 30.3 points, returns to the court Tuesday against SIU Edwardsville after an eight-game layoff.
— No. 4 Arizona is in New York for the preseason NIT at Madison Square Garden and touted newcomer Aaron Gordon is under pressure to show he belongs in the same class as the nation’s top freshmen.