Monday was Inauguration Day for President Barack Obama, and as the President’s brother-in-law, Oregon State men’s basketball coach Craig Robinson was able to share a special day with his sister, Michelle Obama, and Mr. President. By the way, did you know that President Obama watches Pac-12 Networks?
Lindsay Gottlieb’s group protected home court this weekend against the LA schools in large thanks to Gennifer Brandon, who was named espnW Player of the Week for her 23 points and 26 rebounds against USC and 14 points and 11 boards against UCLA. Brandon becomes the third Pac-12 women’s hooper to be named espnW POTW, joining Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike and Colorado’s Chucky Jeffery.
Speaking of Chucky, her Buffs moved up to No. 20 in the latest AP Top 25 poll for women’s basketball. Still four women’s teams in the Top 25, with Stanford and Cal standing pat at No. 6 and No. 7, respectively, and UCLA falling five spots to No. 19 after dropping a pair to the Bay Area schools in Northern California.
On the men’s side, Mark Lyons was named Pac-12 Player of the Week after scoring 24 points and collecting three rebounds, three assists and three steals in a 71-54 win at Arizona State.
UCLA saw its 10-game win streak come to a close Saturday afternoon at home in a loss to Oregon, and predictable shortcomings sealed the end of UCLA’s streak. However, in what is a slightly dated article (after the Oregon State win, before the Oregon loss), Travis Wear is no mere sidekick at UCLA.
Washington basketball fans just got a little more hope for the future Monday when future Husky Nigel Williams-Goss hit a three at the buzzer to lead No. 2 Findlay Prep to a win over No. 1 Montverde Academy. Williams-Goss, a top-100 player in his class according to ESPN, signed a letter of intent with Romar and Friends in November.
I’m telling ya – Krystkowiak’s wisdom works wonders. That much was evident on Saturday night when his Runnin’ Utes valued every possession to pull off the 74-65 upset at previously-undefeated-in-conference-play Washington. If this team can finish with a winning overall record this season, Krystkowiak gets the vote I don’t have for Pac-12 Coach of the Year. They also love their gymnastics a whole bunch in Salt Lake City, and with the move to the Pac-12, Utah gymnastics faces a scheduling challenge.
Hey, who likes tennis? Washington State fans should, because the No. 32 women’s tennis team rallied to beat No. 61 Wyoming, 5-2. The Cougs are 3-0 on the young season.
Arizona State is also undefeated in the women’s tennis world, improving to 2-0 with a 7-0 sweep of UC Davis. Freshman Ebony Panoho won her first collegiate match, and her Sun Devils are ranked 37th in the nation.
Let’s finish with a few good ol’ pigskin stories. The big news over the weekend was Oregon’s promotion of former offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich to head coach. According to The Oregonian (and probably everyone else), Ducks fans think Mark Helfrich has some big shoes to fill. Also, word is getting out that quarterback Bryan Bennett is reportedly transferring to Southeastern Louisiana.
As the new defensive coordinator at USC, Clancy Pendergast will give USC new looks.