Obviously, Washington and Colorado's losses throw the seedings into some turmoil.
- It's simple for the Bears. If they win, they share the Pac-12 title regular season title with Washington. Jeff Faraudo also has this scouting report for Cal. Stanford's seniors would love nothing more than to crush the Bears title hopes.
- A nice story from Bruce Pascoe on how talented freshman Nick Johnson's dad helped teach him the game the way he felt it should be taught. Pascoe breaks down the seeding situation for Arizona, which clinched a top four seed no matter what happens today. In this notebook, Sean Miller says that Terrence Ross should be the Pac-12 player of the year, also mentioned was the coincidental fact that the Arizona players' twitter accounts have been nonexistent for the last two weeks.
- ASU isn't trying to play the spoiler role. The Sun Devils just want to finish up the season on a strong note.
Let's get to yesterday's games ...
- Well this was a blowout of epic proportions. The video above starts with Olu Ashaolu's sick dunk over Jason Washburn. Lindsay Schnell gives a prime example of how bad the Utes were on Saturday. Bob Clark writes that it was a perfect way to send out the Ducks' seniors. Columnist George Schroeder writes that the Ducks should be an NCAA tourney team.
Oregon handed Utah the worst loss in school history, and afterward Larry Krystkowiak said it wasn’t his guys’ poorest performance of the season.
“Tonight had a lot to do with who we were playing,” the coach said. “They’ve got a lot of pieces to the puzzle. That’s a great team.”
Not quite. But Oregon (22-8, 13-5 Pac-12) is pretty good. As the regular season ends, the Ducks find themselves solidly on the NCAA Tournament bubble — but they shouldn’t be.
They ought to be in.
I don’t care about RPI or the nitty-gritty or any of the numbers-crunching that goes into mock brackets. We’ve heard too much of that. Anyone who’s paid attention can see Oregon’s improvement and understand Dana Altman has a salty, dangerous team.
To the NCAA’s selection committee, the message Saturday was about continuing to win and maintaining important momentum. Beating Utah won’t impress anyone. Treating Utah like the Globetrotters treat the Washington Generals, though? That’s impressive.
- My buddy Bill Oram got to return to his native Oregon to cover this beatdown - the worst in Utah history - for the Salt Lake Tribune. The Utes will now focus on their first-round opponent - the Colorado Buffaloes
- Speaking of the Buffs, they flat gave this weekend away with a pair of losses. Yes, the loss in Eugene was tough. But the loss to OSU was brutal. The freshman duo of Spencer Dinwiddie and Askia Booker set a CU freshmen scoring record.
- It was a day to celebrate senior Kevin McShane, but Ahmad Starks stole the show for OSU. Junior center Angus Brandt actually asked to give up his starting role so McShane could start.
Well, the best part of this game is that there wasn't many people on hand to watch this ugliness. Honestly, the two schools football teams could put up a similar number of points next year -- of course with USC on the winning side.
- Brock Motum scored 27 of the Cougs' 43 points to lead them to a win. Here's Caple's wrap-up blog post
- USC tried to rally but couldn't and will face UCLA in the first round of the tourney on Wednesday. Another story on the matchup. Not surprisingly, Kevin O'Neill is shifting his focus to next season.