FROM LOS ANGELES -- Without starting forward Shawn Kemp Jr., who sat out due to a concussion, the Washington Huskies had very little chance of beating the UCLA Bruins at Pauley Pavilion last night.
So it wasn't all that surprising to see the Bruins run away with it, 88-66, with the Huskies again down to just two players taller than 6-foot-7, and only one -- Jernard Jarreau -- who was in the rotation when the season started. Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar said he's hopeful Kemp can progress well enough during the next two days to be cleared to play in Saturday's game at USC.
We have some links from last night's action at Pauley, as well as a couple of other Pac-12 games.
--- Here's our game story, focusing obviously on UW's lack of depth in the frontcourt and how the Bruins took full advantage.
--- Here are the updated Pac-12 standings. The Huskies obviously remain in 11th place, two games ahead of USC.
--- NFL.com identifies Marcus Peters as a "combine dud" who has promise. Gil Brandt writes:
"At the combine, his height (5-11 5/8) and weight (197 pounds) looked good, but his workout was just OK, marked by a so-so 4.53 40. He didn't appear to be very quick and displayed questionable ball skills. The performance might seem a bit puzzling; after all, he did have a plethora of pass breakups in the first eight games of the season. I suspect his showing had something to do with the fact that he hasn't played in a game since Nov. 1. I'm sure he's been training since then, but there's a difference between being in training shape and being in football shape. Peters can be very good in the NFL, provided he comes to realize he should be working for his team, and that the team doesn't work for him."
---This story quotes Curtis Conway saying the Seahawks might look to draft Peters as a replacement
, who is expected to sign elsewhere in free agency.
There were two other Pac-12 basketball games last night ...
Washington State 70, USC 66 -- The Cougars led by 19 points before holding on and escaping with a victory on the road. ... Things keep getting worse for the Trojans.
Oregon 80, California 69 -- The Ducks improved their NCAA tournament profile with an important win. ... Jabari Bird scored 22 points for the Bears in the loss.
And there are three more games tonight ...
Arizona at Colorado, 6 p.m., ESPN
Arizona State at Utah, 7:30 p.m., FOX Sports 1
Oregon State at Stanford, 8 p.m., Pac-12 Networks
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