Another weekend to wrap up with Oregon holding on for a win against Stanford. But let's start with the team with Washington at the top.
The Cal Bears improved to 12-3 with a win over Oregon State on Sunday afternoon. It was a senior night at Haas Pavilion and Harper Kamp and Jorge Gutierrez, who will finally be gone after a decade in the Pac-12, were celebrated. I watched this game and Gutierrez basically made OSU's Jared Cunnigham a non-factor. For much of the game, Cunnigham didn't even try to make plays against Gutierrez and Justin Cobbs.
From the column ...
At 64, Montgomery has no plans to earn a chauffeur's license and drop off Tommy and Susie at the science wing. He is still into the job, still studying the video and losing sleep over losses. But, yes, there are moments when he pauses to think about all of his assistants and players over the past 25 years and says to himself, "Yeah, it's been a pretty good run."
Especially this season. Last autumn for two or three weeks, Montgomery did not know whether he would be coaching at all this season. He was diagnosed with bladder cancer, underwent surgery and put his professional future on hold. He hasn't talked much about the experience, but he opened up some Saturday and conceded there were moments when he wondered if he would ever be back.
"I didn't know what to expect, to be honest with you," Montgomery said. "Obviously, had the outcome of the prognosis been different, the decision would have been different. But once the results were in and they were positive, you felt like you could go ahead and get back into it."I can't figure out OSU. They have so much talent. But they can't seem to play well together consistently. Craig Robinson laments the lack of leadership and I tend to agree. Cunnigham might be one of the top scorers in the conference, but he isn't a player of the year candidate.
From Kevin Hampton's game story ...
“I thought (Cal) played really well coming out of the half,” coach Craig Robinson said. “We have got to, as a coaching staff and I have to as the head coach, come up with something that gets our guys ready.
“They have to want to get up for a game like this. But there’s something I’m missing there that I’ve got to energize our guys when they come out of the locker room.”John Hunt writes in the Oregonian that the Beavers took a step back in the loss.
The Buffs picked up an ugly win against Utah, setting up this weekend's big homestand against Stanford and Cal. Here's Ryan Thoburn's game story from the Boulder Daily Camera which talks about Utah transfer Carlon Brown returning to Salt Lake City and the boos that followed. Thorburn's notebook talks about the stellar season Andre Roberson, who is a rebounding machine. It also has quote from Utah head coach Larry Krsytkowiak saying Colorado is the best defensive team in the league.
The Cougs took a 36-8 lead at halftime. That's not a typo. That's eight points. Of course, WSU allowed the Sun Devils to cut the lead down to 12 at one point. However, the Cougs put them away.
Here's Doug Haller's game story from Arizona Republic
The Ducks are quickly turning into that team you don't want to play in the Pac-12 tournament. Stanford played pretty well early, and Oregon just kept hanging around and won it at the end. This was a big game since both teams were vying to finish in the top four and getting a first-round bye in the Pac-12 tourney.
Here's the game story from Elliott Almond of the Bay Area News Group.