Topic: Pac-12 Media Day
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October 17, 2013 at 9:18 AM
Things just wrapped up here at Pac-12 media day. Here’s a rundown of the day’s events.
Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott
— Scott said last season was a turnaround season for the conference. He sees the trend continuing and touts the three teams in the top 25 USA Today coach’s poll that was released Thursday.
— Scott welcomed Alford and Enfield into the conference.
— Scott said the Pac-12 Tournament was “a huge success.” He said it’s a “must-see” event and something to circle on the calendar.
— All Pac-12 games will be televised on some format. Two seasons ago, there were 90 games that weren’t televised. This season, 45 games will be broadcast on ESPN. There’s 25 games on Fox Sports 1, which will televise the Pac-12 Tournament. And there’s 221 games are on the Pac-12 Networks.
— Still no movement on negotiations with DirecTV.
— Scott talks about hiring Dibler to oversee officiating. He said: “Our objective is to attract the best officials possible.”
— Scott said the NCAA will take a look at the one-and-done rule, which “threatens to make a mockery” of the student-athlete ideal.
UCLA coach Steve Alford and Kyle Anderson
— The Bruins have had 14 practices and are mostly healthy.
— On Enfield’s verbal jab at UCLA, Alford said: “Whether that was motivation or whatever, we’ve already nicknamed Kyle ‘Slo-Mo.’ Anderson said: “It’s up to us to focus on what we have to do. We know how we want to play.”
— UCLA has two sets of brothers on the roster, Travis and David Wear and Kory and Bryce Alford.
— Alford said the most challenging aspect so far has been blending the six players who helped UCLA to a title last season blending with the newcomers. Chemistry is a question on Westwood.
— Anderson said he’s a playmaker, but acknowledges that some games he’ll have to score more than others.
— On the coaching change, Anderson said the players have built trust with the new staff.
— UCLA doesn’t have a prototypical point guard, but Anderson thinks the Bruins are versatile at the position. He noted freshman Zach LaVine is also a combo guard.
Arizona coach Sean Miller and Nick Johnson
— Miller said Johnson is the natural leader of the team.
— Johnson said there’s numerous teams that will challenge for the Pac-12 title. He said: “As far as us, we’re just working hard every single day and honoring the process. We’ll see what happens.”
— Miller sidesteps question about officials.
— Miller said Gordon is a very easy guy to deal with. “His greatest strength he’s given his teammates and us is he’s an extremely hard worker and very focused,” Miller said. “He’s a fun guy to have as a teammate.”
— Johnson said newcomer T.J. McConnell “will pass up an open layup to get you a shot.” Johnson said they’re gaining a connection on the offensive end. Johnson calls him a defensive “bulldog.”
— Johnson on Gordon: “I call him a little kid because he plays with so much energy. … He’s a joy to be around. I look forward to playing with him.”
— Miller said there’s 7-8 teams that can finish first or second in the Pac-12. He worries about Arizona’s experience.
Oregon coach Dana Altman and Johnathan Loyd
— No update on Joseph Young. Oregon is still waiting on his waiver. There’s no timetable on when there’s going to be a decision. Altman is confident he’ll be eligible.
— Altman on transfers: “We came into a situation at Oregon and we felt like we needed to drastically change our talent level. … It worked out because they’re really good guys. … We’ve been just really fortunate. Guys come in and just really care about our team.”
— Altman grilled about Nike and asked if there should be a cap on outside financial contributions. He said everyone has benefactors.
— On South Korea trip, Altman said the players are excited about going on the trip and playing Georgetown.
— Loyd said the college game will be more high scoring due to the new hand-checking rule.
— Loyd, who own the Pac-12 Tournament’s most outstanding award, is probably the only reserve representing his school today.
— Altman said rebounding is a concern because Oregon lost is front court.
California coach Mike Montgomery and Justin Cobbs
— When asked about Pac-12 newcomers, Montgomery said Gordon is a monster. He said freshmen still have things that they don’t know.
— On freshman Jabari Bird, Montgomery said he’s leery about the attention freshmen receive. Still, he said Bird will be a great player. Montgomery said: “I want to be sure that we’re not pushing him. I want him to learn the game because I think he has a great future. … He’s a very, very talented player. I would suspect that as we move through the season … the better he’s going to be.”
— Cobbs said he’s about 80 percent healthy from offseason foot surgery. Said he’s pretty sure he’ll be ready for the season opener.
— Montgomery gets a little uncomfortable fielding so many questions about Bird.
— Cal needed a win going into the last week of the season in each of the past two years to win the Pac-12 regular-season title and came up short. Cobbs said Cal has the experience to finish better this season.
Colorado coach Tad Boyle and Spencer Dinwiddie
— Boyle thinks Dinwiddie is one of the premier point guards in the country.
— Colorado has six freshmen and 10 underclassmen on the roster.
— Dinwiddie talked about the standout Pac-12 guards and names Carson, Kyle Anderson and Justin Cobbs. “Every team across the board is going to have those guys that make this conference tough,” he said.
— Boyle said he doesn’t worry about the high expectations. “We can’t worry about what the outside world is thinking about us,” he said. “We got to come to work every day. At the end of the day, all the matters is the performance on the court.”
— Dinwiddie said he doesn’t view Arizona as the favorite. He believes CU is the favorite.
— The Buffaloes participated in a Navy SEAL two-day program for the second straight year. Boyle said: “It’s not fun. It was cold and rain the first night. … You learn so much about your team. Leadership. You learn about toughness. Who wants to step up. … It’s something that we refer back to during the course of the season.” Dinwiddie said: “It brings us together as a unit. … It also makes you look at yourself and be very honest with yourself. … You’re going to know what you were weak at going through the program.”
— Colorado has a the third-most difficult non-conference schedule, Boyle said.
— Redshirt freshman Wesley Gordon has a chance to start, Boyle said.
Arizona State coach Herb Sendek and Jahii Carson
— While talking about Pac-12 player of the year candidates, Sendek said Dwight Powell is a NBA power forward.
— Carson said he spoke with Sendek and his family who helped him to decide to return to school.
— Sendek said the Pac-12 has replenished its talent after a few down years.
— Sendek said he learned today how much the new hand-checking rule will be emphasized. Said he’ll have to call practices much closer. Said it could have a revolutionary affect on the game.
— ASU practices with a 24-second shot clock. The college shot clock is 35 seconds.
— Sendek said every guy on the roster may be there for one year. “That four-year plan … no longer exists. You have guys who graduate and have started and decide they will transfer as a fifth-year senior almost like a free agent. … You have to build your team each year.”
— Sendek said Carson makes everybody on the team better.
October 17, 2013 at 9:06 AM
If the Washington men’s basketball team is going to compete for a Pac-12 regular-season championship and a NCAA tournament berth, the Huskies will need to exceed expectations.
Washington was picked to finish eighth in the 12-team conference in the league’s annual preseason media poll. It’s the lowest the Huskies have been picked since the 2003-04 season, coach Lorenzo Romar’s second year at UW.
That year Washington surprised many and finished second in the conference and advanced to the NCAA tourney.
Washington State was picked to finish last.
Arizona was picked as the overwhelming favorite to finish in the Pac-12. The Wildcats received 21 of 23 first-place votes.
UCLA, which was picked second, received a first-place vote as well as Colorado, which was picked third. The Bruins are the defending regular-season champions.
Oregon, which won the Pac-12 Tournament last season, was picked fourth followed by California, Stanford and Arizona State.
Utah was tabbed ninth followed by Oregon State and USC.
1. Arizona (21) 273
2. UCLA (1) 212
3. Colorado (1) 211
4. Oregon 196
5. California 194
6. Stanford 166
7. Arizona State 159
8. Washington 121
9. Utah 68
10. Oregon State 67
11. USC 63
12. Washington State 39
October 17, 2013 at 3:17 AM
Pac-12 media day begins Thursday morning from the conference’s headquarters in San Francisco. You can follow the action here.
Coach Lorenzo Romar and C.J. Wilcox take the main stage at 10:40, which will be streamed live on Pac.12.com. Fans can participate in the Q&A and send questions via Twitter using #pac12hoops.
Romar will also appear at 11:30 a.m. on the Pac-12 Netwworks.
Here’s a look at a few Pac-12 story lines that will likely be discussed today.
1. How is Steve Alford handling high expectations at UCLA?
Ben Howland, who made three consecutive trips to the NCAA Final Four with the Bruins, won the Pac-12 regular-season title, advanced to the NCAA tournament and posted a 25-9 record last season. And he got fired. Needless to say, there’s ridiculously high expectations in Westwood. It took a seven-year deal that will pay Alford $2.6 million per year salary to lure him away from New Mexico. He takes over a team that returns four starters and is expected (there’s that word again) to make a deep push in the NCAA tourney.
2. When will Andy Enfield bring ‘Dunk City’ to Los Angeles?
No one blames Enfield for cashing in on Florida Gulf Coast’s historic Cinderalla run to the NCAA tournament Sweet Sixteen last season. He made $157,000 per year at FGCU and reportedly makes $1.5 million annually at USC. It took Enfield two years to implement a running-and-dunking style that turned Fort Myers, Fla., into Dunk City, USA. He’ll need at least two years to resurrect a Trojans team that was 14-18 last season. Besides USC’s best player just might be 7-2 center Omar Oraby, who isn’t exactly fleet of foot.
3. Is the Pac-12 still on the rebound?
In 2012, the Pac-12 sent just two teams to the Big Dance, not including the conference regular-season champion Washington Huskies. In 2013, the league returned to respectability. Five teams made the NCAA tourney and two advanced to the Sweet 16. Arizona is receiving lots of preseason media attention, but there’s no great certainty any other team in the conference should be included among the nation’s best.
4. Who’s No. 2?
It’s fairly obvious media folks covering the Pac-12 will pick Arizona the preseason favorite in a poll that will be released Thursday morning. The only intrigue is whether the Wildcats will receive every first-place vote and which team will fall into the No. 2 slot? You can make a strong argument for six teams – Oregon, UCLA, Colorado, Stanford, California and Arizona State.
5. How will the new officiating rules geared to promote more scoring affect teams?
The NCAA is making a push to juice up the game and make it more attractive to fans. Last season average scoring among the Division I teams dropped to 67.5 points, which is the lowest in the past 31 years. Three-point shooting and fouls also hit historic lows. The NCAA will make it a little easier to play offense. No more continuous hand-checking, jabs, forearms in the waist or contact from upper limbs of any kind. The block-charge call has also been tweaked to favor the offensive player.
6. Are the returning stars healthy?
UCLA guard Jordan Adams missed the Pac-12 Tournament final and NCAA tournament because of a broken bone in his right foot. Wilcox missed the start of training camp due to offseason surgery to correct a stress fracture in his left foot. Arizona State guard Jahii Carson also skipped the first week of practice due to leg injuries. And California guard Justin Cobbs expects to be ready for the season opener after undergoing surgery for a broken right foot.
7. Which newcomer will have the biggest impact this season?
The Pac-12 added five players (Arizona’s Aaron Gordon and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, California’s Jabari Bird, Oregon’s Mike Moser and Washington’s Nigel Williams-Goss) with national buzz. Many believe Gordon will push for the conference player of the year award. There are several other newcomers who should create positive headlines. The candidates include: Arizona’s T.J. McConnell, Colorado’s Wesley Gordon, UW’s Perris Blackwell, Washington State’s Que Johnson and UCLA’s Zach LaVine.
8. Will anyone admit they’re on the hot seat?
Probably not. Why would they? But the truth is about half of the coaches in the conference are in jeopardy of losing their jobs. Let’s start with Johnny Dawkins, who enters his sixth year at Stanford. The Cardinal return more proven talent than any team and its poised for a breakout season. But we said the same thing about Stanford last year. The Cardinal have a six-year NCAA tourney drought and it has never finished better than seventh in the regular-season standings under Dawkins. Herb Sendek appeared to be circling the drain before Arizona State finished last season with a 22-13 record that tied the number of wins from the previous two seasons. He’s taken steps to energizing a dormant fan base, but needs another 20-win season to quiet critics. Oregon State coach Craig Robinson admits it’s time the Beavers turn things around. He’s 78-89 in five seasons at OSU. It feels like a NCAA tournament-or-else kind of situation in Corvallis, Ore. The same can be said for Washington State where Ken Bone has been treading water. He’s 70-65 in four years, including two last-place conference finishes. Bone appears to have cleaned up the embarrassing off-court problems, but now he needs to win. Utah’s Larry Krystkowiak and Romar aren’t in must-win territory, but they need to show their teams are headed in the right direction to keep fans happy.
October 16, 2013 at 7:14 AM
Thursday is Pac-12 men’s basketball media day in San Francisco and the league will stream the entire session with players and coaches on Pac-12.com. The three-hour event begins at 10 a.m. There will be more news and notes from the conference on its microsite dedicated to media day.
Coach Lorenzo Romar and C.J. Wilcox will be on the main stage at 10:40 a.m.
Fans can participate in the Q&A and send questions via Twitter using #pac12hoops.
Pac-12 Networks will also have live coverage starting at 10 a.m. Every coach will join host Mike Yam and analysts Ernie Kent and Don MacLean. Romar appears at 11:30 a.m.
Kent and MacLean return for a second season on Pac-12 Networks along with Dan Belluomini, Lamar Hurd and Matt Muehlebach. The network added Jarron Collins, the former Stanford standout and 10-year NBA veteran, and Dan Dickau, the former Washington and Gonzaga point guard.
The play-by-play team includes: Kevin Calabro, Ted Robinson, Roxy Bernstein, JB Long, Paul Sunderland and newcomer Rich Waltz.
Here’s the complete 2013-14 Pac-12 Networks men’s basketball televised schedule.
WEDNESDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Junior guard DaVonte Lacy won the three-point contest and freshman Ike Iroegbu captured the slam dunk title at Washington State’s fifth annual ZZUMania event last week.
— Colorado clocks in at No. 21 on USA Today’s top 68 countdown.
— The Sports Bank ranks Oregon 35th on its list.
— Arizona freshman Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is drawing comparisons to Stacey Augmon.
— The CBSSports.com crew makes Kentucky a near unanimous No. 1 preseason favorite.
— Former UW standout Nate Robinson received a warm ovation from Denver Nuggets fans.
— CBSSports.com considers former UW star Quincy Pondexter one of 10 wings poised for a breakout in 2013-14.
September 23, 2013 at 3:44 PM
The Pac-12 men’s basketball Media Day is Thursday Oct. 17.
It should come as no surprise, senior guard C.J. Wilcox will accompany coach Lorenzo Romar to the media day, which will be held at conference headquarters in San Francisco for the second straight year.
Here’s a tentative schedule.
Bobby Dibler, Pac-12 Coordinator of Men’s Basketball Officiating ………. 9 a.m.
Washington State – Ken Bone and junior guard DaVonte Lacy …………… 10 a.m.
Oregon State – Craig Robinson and senior guard Roberto Nelson ……….. 10:10 a.m.
Utah – Larry Krystkowiak and sophomore forward Jordan Loveridge …… 10:20 a.m.
USC – Andy Enfield and senior guard J.T. Terrell ……………………………… 10:30 a.m.
Washington – Lorenzo Romar and senior guard C.J. Wilcox ……………… 10:40 a.m.
Stanford – Johnny Dawkins and senior forward Dwight Powell ………….. 10:50 a.m.
Arizona State – Herb Sendek and sophomore guard Jahii Carson ……….. 11:10 a.m.
Colorado – Tad Boyle and junior guard Spencer Dinwiddie ………………… 11:20 a.m.
California – Mike Montgomery and junior guard Justin Cobbs …………… 11:30 a.m.
Oregon – Dana Altman and senior guard Johnathan Lloyd …………………. 11:40 a.m.
Arizona – Sean Miller and junior guard Nick Johnson ……………………….. 11:50 a.m.
UCLA – Steve Alford and sophomore guard Kyle Anderson ………………… Noon
Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott …………………………………………………….. 12:10 p.m.
— It’s a little old, but interesting to note the redesigned floor at California’s Haas Pavilion (right) is gaining appeal among Golden Bears fans. I think it’s bold that’s for sure. And it’s not as ostentatious as Oregon’s Matt Arena. Wouldn’t be surprised if other schools follow a similar pattern.
— Andy Glockner at SI.com included Washington and Oregon on its honorable mention list when ranking the top 20 programs in the nation. On UW, he writes: “A program that has a lot going for it, and for years was one of the bellcows on the West Coast. Performance has been a bit down lately, with some question about how much longer Lorenzo Romar will remain there if it doesn’t get back to expected standards. Romar’s been solid overall, but it feels like the Huskies have left something on the table during his tenure, as well.”
— Glockner believes Arizona is the only national title contender in the Pac-12.
— California junior guard Justin Cobbs, who suffered a right foot fracture in August, should be available at the start of the season.
— Arizona State sophomore guard Jahii Carson and Arizona freshman forward Aaron Gordon were tabbed second-team preseason All-Americans by the Sporting News.
— Here’s a scouting report on UCLA.
— Nice column from CBSsports.com’s Gary Parrish on the NCAA transfer rule.
— Looks like future NCAA Final Fours will remain in domed stadiums.
November 1, 2012 at 5:21 PM
November 1, 2012 at 4:39 PM
Had a chance to pull Lorenzo Romar away from his many media obligations at Pac-12 Media Day for a quick interview.
November 1, 2012 at 4:03 PM
Had a chance to talk to get away from the hoopla of Pac-12 Media Day and duck into a quiet room at the Pac-12 studios to interview with Abdul Gaddy.
November 1, 2012 at 12:32 PM
WASHINGTON ON STAGE — Coach Lorenzo Romar and senior guard Abdul Gaddy representing the Huskies.
Romar said it’s a fun time of year.
On home court advantage at Hec Ed, Romar said the building has been there a long time. He said it’s very intimate. He said there’s been some fun times in that building.
On Jernard Jarreau, Romar said he was a 6-3 freshman guard in high school. He’s grown seven inches and put on weight. Romar said he’s more consistent shooting the ball and better in the low post. Romar is pleased on his development.
On Arizona, Romar said he’s not sure if it’s a rivalry but noted the past few games have been fun because they’ve been hard-fought games that have been decided at the buzzer.
On expectations, Gaddy said he want to be the best leader possible. He said he’s learned from Isaiah Thomas, Quincy Pondexter and Jon Brockman about how to lead off the court and on the court.
On chemistry, Gaddy said UW has great team chemistry. He said the team doesn’t have a dominant personality. “The team is the face of the team,” he said.
On chemistry, Romar said Scott Suggs and C.J. Wilcox will also help to lead alongside Gaddy.
CALIFORNIA ON STAGE — Coach Mike Montgomery and junior guard Allen Crabbe representing the Golden Bears.
Montgomery said he was disappointed not winning the conference championship last season. He said there’s a good nucleus of players returning, noting five players who have started at one time or another. “We got the pieces to be competitive. … Now it’s the job to put them on the same page and win big.” Montgomery expects 8-9 players to contribute.
On Richard Solomon, Montgomery said it was a tough deal when he was ruled academically ineligible last year. He said Solomon has grown up and is much more mature. “That’s not to say he won’t dunk and pound his chest every once in awhile,” Montgomery added.
On David Kravish, Montgomery said he’s up to 220 pounds from 170 when he first arrived. He’s stronger than ever before. Montgomery said Kravish has been pushed and will continue to push him to do more on the floor.
On leadership role, Crabbe said the upperclassmen will need to step up.
More on leadership, Crabbe said there’s more opportunities for him to step up and lead by example.
On health issues, Montgomery said. at this time last year he was 10-12 days out of surgery. He said the health scare was a wake-up call.
On the freshmen, Montgomery said he has a lot of veterans and his policy is to have first-year players learn. Freshman guard Ricky Kreklow is out with a broken foot. Montgomery said Tyrone Wallace will likely receive early minutes.
On the new TV deal’s impact on recruits, Montgomery said “people are going to get interested in you that probably in the past wouldn’t because our television coverage was very poor.”
On the Pac-12 contenders, Montgomery said a lot of what’s being projected is on NBA upside, which was a nod to UCLA. He said Arizona is loaded “there’s no question about that.” He said the league has gotten a lot better. He said Stanford is very good. “There’s a lot of people to like in this league,” he said. “The league should be a lot better from top to bottom so it should be pretty exciting.”
November 1, 2012 at 5:33 AM
Pac-12 Media Day begins this morning at the Pac-12 Studios in San Francisco.
You can tweet a question to a coach or player and watch a streamed video of the press conference at Pac-12.com. We’ll also provide a game thread with updates throughout the day.
10 a.m. — Commissioner Larry Scott
10:05 — Gary Stevenson, President of Pac-12 Enterprises
10:15 — USC – Coach Kevin O’Neill, Jio Fontan, G, Sr.
10:25 — UTAH – Coach Larry Krystkowiak, Jason Washburn, C, Sr.
10:35 — ASU – Coach Herb Sendek, Carrick Felix, G/F, Sr.
10:45 — OSU – Coach Craig Robinson, Angus Brandt, F/C, Sr.
10:55 — WSU – Coach Ken Bone, Brock Motum, F, Sr.
11:05 — STAN – Coach Johnny Dawkins, Aaron Bright, G, Jr.
11:25 — COLO – Coach Tad Boyle, André Roberson, F, Jr.
11:35 — UCLA – Coach Ben Howland, David Wear, F, Jr.
11:45 — ARIZ – Coach Sean Miller, Solomon Hill, F, Sr.
11:55 — ORE – Coach Dana Altman, E.J. Singler, F, Sr.
12:05 — CAL – Coach Mike Montgomery, Allen Crabbe, G, Jr.
12:15 — WASH – Coach Lorenzo Romar, Abdul Gaddy, G, Sr.
Here’s my predictions I emailed the conference weeks ago.
7. Oregon State
9. Washington State
12. Arizona State
Most likely UCLA or Arizona will be tabbed the preseason favorite while most forecasts have tabbed Washington in the middle of the pack.
In the past 10 years, the Pac-12 media has been picked the conference winner five times. The media got it horribly wrong last year when it picked UCLA, which finished tied for fifth. Washington has a history of outperforming it’s projections, twice winning the league title when it was picked fifth (2008-09) and fourth (2011-12).
Here’s a look at where the Huskies have been picked how they’ve fared under Romar.
Year ……. Prediction …. Finish
2011-12 … fourth ……. first
2010-11 … first ………. third
2009-10 … second …. third
2008-09 … fifth ……… first
2007-08 … second … eighth
2006-07 … third ……. seventh
2005-06 … fourth ….. second
2004-05 … second … second
2003-04 … eighth …. second
2002-03 … eighth …. ninth
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