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).
December 2, 2013 at 4:51 PM
Compared to this point last season, only Arizona (85.2 ppg.) averaged better than 80.0 points through the first three weeks of the season in the Pac-12.
Thanks in large part to the new defensive rules that outlaw hand-checking, scoring is up this season.
Led by UCLA (90.9 ppg.) six Pac-12 teams are averaging more than 80.0 points this season. The others include: Utah (90.7), Oregon (88.0), Oregon State (84.8), Washington (84.1) and Stanford (81.8).
Arizona State guard Jahii Carson scored 40 points in a game, which is the most this season.
A year ago, former California guard Allen Crabbe was the only player in the Pac-12 averaging 20 or more points at this point of the season.
This season, seven Pac-12 players are averaging 20 or better. Here’s the list:
Team ………………. Name …………………. Scoring avg. …… Games played ….. Season high
Oregon State ……… Roberto Nelson ……. 25.4 ……………….. 5 …………………. 36
Oregon State ……… Devon Collier ………. 23.0 ……………….. 3 ………………….. 32
Washington ……….. C.J. Wilcox …………… 22.6 ………………. 7 ………………….. 30
UCLA ……………….. Jordan Adams ………. 21.4 ………………. 7 …………………. 30
Washington State …… DaVonte Lacy ……… 21.1 ………………. 7 …………………. 28
Oregon ……………… Joseph Young ………. 20.3 ……………. 7 ………………….. 36
Arizona State ………. Jahii Carson ………… 20.2 ……………… 9 …………………. 40
MONDAY’S PAC-12 SCHEDULE:
UC Irvine (5-3) at California (5-2), 7:30 p.m. ……… Pac-12 Networks
Season tally: 55-12
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 25, 2013 at 7:20 AM
Five games into the 2013-14 season, the Huskies (2-3) are getting just about exactly what they expected from Perris Blackwell, the fifth-year senior who sat out last year after transferring from San Francisco.
He’s averaging 11.8 points, 0.8 assists and 0.5 steals, which are nearly identical to the numbers he put up during his last year with the Dons. As a junior, he averaged 12.7 points, 0.9 assists and 0.4 steals.
However, the 6-9 and 275 pound has proven to be a better rebounder and shot blocker than advertised. He’s also playing more minutes than ever before.
Blackwell is averaging 8.0 rebounds, which is nearly two rebounds more than his last year at San Francisco. He averaged 0.3 blocks in 2011-12 and this season he’s up to 1.5.
November 24, 2013 at 8:04 AM
Even before Jernard Jarreau’s season-ending knee injury, the loss of Desmond Simmons for a few weeks and their 2-3 start, the Huskies were picked to finish eighth in the Pac-12 in a preseason media poll.
Given new information, the college basketball forecasters have adjusted their predictions and the future appears dim for Washington.
Noted statistician Ken Pomeroy has UW finishing with a 13-18 overall record and 6-12 in Pac-12.
Pomeroy’s prediction is similar to a projection from Team Rankings, a gambling website, that computes Washington will finish eighth in the Pac-12.
Using advanced mathematics, Pomeroy said Washington does a very good job at protecting the ball. The Huskies average 11.7 turnovers, which ranks fifth among the 351 Division I teams. They also do a good job at the line, converting 75 percent of their free throws that ranks 55th in the nation.
However, Washington is atrocious on defense where it has a 56.4 effective field goal percentage (318 rank) and opponents are converting 57 percent of their shots inside the arc, which ranks 330th.
Pomeroy has Washington at No. 138 in his overall rating.
Jeff Sagarin, a sports statistician for USA Today, has the Huskies at 172 in his rankings.
November 22, 2013 at 7:46 PM
C.J. Wilcox was chosen to the 2K Sports Classic all-tournament team.
The Washington senior guard tallied 93 points in the four-game tournament, including 30 in Friday’s 89-78 defeat to Boston College in the consolation game.
Wilcox had 24 points against Indiana and UC Irvine and 15 versus Eastern Washington.
The all-tournament team included: Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier, Indiana guard Kevin ‘Yogi’ Ferrell, Indiana forward Will Sheehey and Boston College forward Ryan Anderson.
Napier was voted the MVP.
November 20, 2013 at 12:24 PM
The 2K Sports Classic championship rounds brings a mixture of talented players who are currently flying under the radar. They could burst on the national with starring performances this week at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
This week’s schedule:
No. 18 Connecticut (4-0) vs. Boston College (1-3), 4 p.m. …………… ESPN2
Indiana (4-0) vs. Washington (2-1), 6 p.m. ……………………………. ESPN2
Consolation game, 2 p.m. …………………………………………….. ESPNU
Championship game, 4:30 p.m. ……………………………………….. ESPN2
And here’s a video compilation of a few players to watch.
November 18, 2013 at 7:18 PM
We’re just starting the second week of the season, but in college basketball it’s never too early to monitor the RPI, which is the biggest measuring tool the Selection Committee uses to determine the 68-team field for the NCAA tournament.
According to the latest CBSsports.com RPI, Washington’s home loss to UC Irvine really hurt the Huskies. They fell to No. 211 among the nation’s 351 teams.
Don’t be too alarmed UW fans. Duke, which is 234, certainly isn’t panicking just yet.
Of course we’re early in the season and Washington (2-1) has ample time and opportunities to climb up the RPI starting this week in New York at the 2K Sports Classic.
Still, it’s interesting to note how the RPI compares with the rankings.
However, a look at the RPI reveals a different order in the Pac-12: Oregon (11), California (22), UCLA (31), Washington State (35), Colorado (68), Stanford (69), Arizona (71), USC (87), Oregon State (121), Arizona State (157) and Utah (321).
— Oregon State’s Roberto Nelson leads the Pac-12 with a 30.3 scoring average. He’s played three games, including a 36-point performance that’s the most for a Pac-12 player this season. Oregon newcomer Joseph Young is second on the league’s scoring list averaging 30.0 points. Washington’s C.J. Wilcox is averaging 20.3 points, which ranks seventh.
— Arizona guard T.J. McConnell is giving the Wildcats everything they’d hoped. He leads the conference with a 6.7 assists average. UW’s Nigel Williams-Goss (5.3) is sixth.
— Washington freshman Darin Johnson is one of two Pac-12 players who have taken 10 or more free throws that’s perfect at the line. He is 13 for 13 while Oregon’s Jason Calliste is 11 for 11.
— Remember when there was concern about Wilcox’s durability? The UW senior is averaging 35.3 minutes, which ranks second in the league.
—Two weeks into the season and the Pac-12 has an overall 29-5 record against non-conference opponents. Not bad, but the conference is still 0-1 against ranked teams. The Pac-12 has a chance to get its first win over a ranked team when Washington State plays No. 13 Gonzaga on Thursday. Washington could also face No. 18 Connecticut in Friday’s finals of the 2K Sports Classic if both teams win its semifinal game.
Arkansas State (2-1) at Colorado (3-1), 6 p.m. …………………. Pac-12 Networks
Fairleigh Dickinson (1-2) at No. 5 Arizona (3-0), 8 p.m. ….. ESPNU
Sacramento State (1-1) at No. 22 UCLA (2-0), 8 p.m. ……… Pac-12 Networks
Southern Utah (1-1) at California (3-0), 8 p.m. ……………….. Pac-12 Networks
Picks: Colorado, Arizona, UCLA and California
Season tally: 22-6
November 18, 2013 at 12:28 PM
Indiana coach Tom Crean answered a few questions on a teleconference call with media about the 2K Sports Classic and the Hoosiers, who face Washington on Thursday at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
(Opening statement) “First of all as always with anything Rick Giles and the Gazelle Group are doing it is an honor to be in it. Judging from the time, the first time I was ever involved with Rick back at Marquette all the way to going into last year, we always come in with a lot of anticipation. We come in with, there’s an enthusiasm level that is high because we know we’re in a first-class event and we’re going to be playing excellent teams and it’s going to be in a big-time venue.
“Our team is excited for it. We’ve played four games at home. We’ve had some big wins. We had a nail-biter that came down to a missed shot at the buzzer last Tuesday night in the first round of this tournament. To us, our guys are really, really excited to play. We’re getting better. Literally we can see it week by week and it’s showing up game by game. This is going to be a whole different deal for us now. Not only because like some of the others we’re going on the road for the first time. But we’re going on the road with so many guys that have never been anywhere in college basketball other than Assembly Hall because we’re so young. We’re bringing in 11 freshmen and sophomores and again, we got to hope that excitement level and that energy level does not override the fact that we have to come in with great intelligence, great discipline and try to build our identity from the very beginning inside of the games.”
(What have you seen in Noah Vonleh and why has he been able to make an impact so quickly?) “We see it everyday because he’s starting to get better. He has a great humility and humbleness because he knows he’s got to get a lot better. He wants to learn. He’s been well coached coming into this. His mother is one of the hardest working people I’ve ever met and it carries right over into the way Noah is. I don’t think any of us are surprised. We know that he’s got high capabilities. He’s got an excellent motor. Again there’s a lot of room for improvement with him. I think his numbers are impressive, but I think his improvement rate is even more impressive. I think he’s getting more comfortable everyday and a lot of that comes because he works so hard and he’s learning how to prepare for the games just as much as he works to get ready for practice.”
November 18, 2013 at 8:45 AM
Washington sophomore forward Jernard Jarreau will undergo surgery today to repair a torn ACL in his right knee.
He’s expected to return in 8-10 months.
Jarreau will not travel with the Huskies this week to New York for a pair of games in the 2K Sports Classic.
MONDAY MORNING LINKS:
— A freshman and free throws led Washington to a 92-80 comeback win over Eastern Washington in the second round of the 2K Sports Classic.
— Here’s a photo gallery from Times photographer Lindsey Wasson.
— With the First Family in attendance, Oregon State produced its best win of the young season, a 90-83 win at Maryland. Roberto Nelson had 31 points and Devon Collier 29 for the Beavers (2-1).
— Chasson Randle scored 29 points to lead Stanford to a 66-57 win at Denver. Anthony Brown added 12 points for the Cardinal, which improved to 3-1.
— Arizona must avoid overlooking opponents when it starts playing in the preseason NIT this week.
— Twenty-three years after is father led Oregon State to it’s last NCAA tournament appearance, Gary Payton II nicknamed “The Mitten” signed with the Beavers.