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 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 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
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 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.