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Bud Withers offers an inside look at the Pac-12 Conference and the national college scene.

January 26, 2015 at 11:58 AM

Northwest 11: Beavers the story here and elsewhere

Each week, we rank the 11 Division 1 men’s college basketball teams in the Northwest — the nine in the states of Oregon and Washington, plus Idaho and Boise State. Herewith, week No. 4 in 2015: 1. Gonzaga (20-1) . . . Zags showed what most suspected — big gap between GU and St. Mary’s 2. Washington…

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January 21, 2015 at 7:00 PM

College Hoops Hangout: The Zags, and that single loss at Arizona

Each week until March Madness, I’ll be taking a look at the broader scene outside the Pac-12 in college basketball, looking at trends and faces in the game and previewing the next week’s best action on TV. Some weeks, the column may also run in the Times’ print edition. Late in the afternoon of Dec….

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January 18, 2015 at 9:41 PM

Northwest 11: Huskies retake second after sweep

Herewith, our third Northwest 11 ranking of 2015, featuring the Division 1 schools in Oregon and Washington, plus Idaho and Boise State. 1. Gonzaga (18-1) . . . Loyola was first team to outrebound Zags (38-33) 2. Washington (13-4) . . . Sweep was mandatory for UW; rugged mountain trip next 3. Oregon State (12-5) . . ….

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January 14, 2015 at 10:00 PM

College hoops hangout: Kentucky’s improbable journey

¬†Each week until March Madness, I’ll be taking a broad look at trends and faces on the national college basketball scene, with notes from around the country and a quick look at the best games coming up. The feature may also run some weeks in the print edition. This week on the SEC teleconference, John Calipari,…

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January 12, 2015 at 12:01 PM

Northwest 11: A scramble for the runnerup position

  Herewith, the second edition of the 2014-15 Northwest 11, covering the states of Oregon and Washington, plus Idaho and Boise State. The highlights of the week were major upsets by Washington State and Oregon State, making for a competitive scrap behind Gonzaga. 1. Gonzaga (16-1) . . . Salty Pepperdine next Zags challenge Thursday night in…

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January 11, 2015 at 9:30 PM

Oregon can change a lot of perceptions Monday night

The first FBS national championship arising from a playoff is Monday night, and it’s difficult to overstate the moment for Oregon and the Pac-12. Ohio State has won a handful of national titles, and it wasn’t supposed to be here anyway, going all the way back to its September loss to Virginia Tech, which a lot…

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January 9, 2015 at 11:32 AM

For this guy, the Buckeyes-Ducks title game brings it all home

About 9 p.m. New Year’s Night, I found myself caught in a crossfire of the Ohio State fight song and “Mighty Oregon.”

I’ve heard both of them more times than Buick commercials ran on ESPN during the just-completed bowl season.¬† Monday night, Oregon meets Ohio State in the first FBS-level championship game arising from a playoff, and for me, the event pulls up a whole archive of personal experiences.

I was born in Columbus, son of Ohio State parents, and as such, heard a lot about Buckeye football. My dad attended the famous Ohio State-Michigan “Snow Bowl” of 1950, and when we moved just south of Toledo when I was in junior high, he acknowledged it pained him “because it was so close to Michigan.”

The first big-time football I ever saw was at two Ohio State games in 1960, against Wisconsin and Michigan. Ohio State victories, of course.

I told this one in print several years ago: A student at Washington State in the late ’60s, I came home for the 1969 Apple Cup, the dreaded affair that featured a winless Washington team going against the one-victory Cougars (they had won their opener, so it had been a fairly extended combined drought for both). I was going to the game with my dad.

Well, that happened to be the day Ohio State, with a renowned Rex Kern-Jim Otis team that some were calling the best in the history of the game, traveled to Ann Arbor for the traditional with Michigan. Of course, with the time difference, it began here in the morning, and it wasn’t going so well for the Buckeyes, who were losing 24-12 at half to an insanely inspired Michigan team.

We’d planned to leave for the UW-WSU game about then, but my father was furious at what he was seeing on television. “I can’t leave,” he said with conviction. The Buckeyes apparently needed him.

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