So yeah, there are three basketball games to get to, but man oh man, did you see Steve Williams run a 4.25 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine yesterday? Sure, it was unofficial, but that dude can run. The former Cal stud led all cornerbacks with that 40 time.
Desmond Trufant had a good showing as well, officially running a 4.38 in the 40. However, he did a run a 4.31 in his first attempt, which was tied for first among all DBs until Steve Williams ruined everyone’s mood. Here’s video of Trufant’s 40-yard dash, courtesy of the NFL.
Johnathan Franklin made headlines in his interview at the combine when he said he developed a stronger faith in Jesus after a janitor invited him to a Bible study. Thus, this witty headline was coined: Sweeping changes aid Franklin.
Alright, let’s talk some basketball! Three games on the ledger tonight, starting with Arizona at USC. For the Trojans, they are getting prepared to face Solomon Hill, the one who got away. He, Derrick Williams and Momo Jones (oh, Momo, how I miss your swag) were all set to head to Trojanville before Tim Floyd resigned.
For the Arizona perspective, let’s catch up with Bruce Pascoe, who writes that in Los Angeles, the Cats must “endure” for the entire game. The first-half defense hasn’t been a problem as of late for the ‘Cats, but they are fouling more and allowing teams to shoot above 50 percent in the second half in recent contests.
Our next contest will take us to Maples Pavilion, where Stanford will entertain Colorado. Johnny Dawkins has received assistance from a little-known guy by the name of Mark Madsen this year (you might have heard of him). Take a more in-depth look at Madsen in the latest episode of Commit to the Court, a Stanford Athletics joint.
Colorado took care of Stanford the first time around in Boulder thanks to a 12-point, 20-rebound performance by André Roberson. With performances like that and others, Roberson is turning heads in the Pac-12.
Our nightcap takes us back down to Southern California, as UCLA will host Arizona State. Needless to say, it’s a huge game for the Sun Devils, because the bubble is in danger of popping for them. Arizona State probably needs to get at least two wins out of UCLA, USC and Arizona (all on the road) to keep their at-large hopes alive.
Oregon’s last home game this year will be tomorrow night against Oregon State, and it figures to be an emotional Senior Night ceremony for E.J. Singler, the winningest player in Duck men’s basketball history.
Washington State has fallen on hard times on the men’s hardwood, having lost its last eight games. It becomes clearer and clearer with each passing contest that losing Reggie Moore really hurt the Cougars .
This is pretty cool – Oregon State football players had a slam dunk contest during halftime of the Cal-Beavers men’s basketball game this past Saturday. Trust me, stick with the video for a few minutes, because Obum Gwacham will make it worth your while.
We end the roundup with some women’s gymnastics news. Earlier in the week, we linked to Lia Del Priore’s perfect 10 on the floor against Stanford, so it should come as no surprise that Del Priore is making the most of her chance to compete.