No freshman has made more free throws. Only three frosh score more than him, only two average more dimes and just one plays more than he does. It has the folks in the Arizona State athletic department thinking – could Jahii Carson be the National Freshman of the Year? Hey, make it three straight days with Arizona State being the lead school – Kezele must be loving these recent roundups (not). [Editor's note: She loves all 12 teams equally, of course.]
A couple of games on the men’s basketball ledger, one of them being Battle: Los Angeles (minus the alien spacecraft). Shabazz Muhammad has been under the weather lately, but the Bruins are confident Muhammad will play.
On the USC side of things, Reign of Troy gives the Trojan faithful a preview of the game. And, despite the 7-6 record on the gridiron this season, Rant Sports says AD Pat Haden has the football program on the right track.
In a game that could very well turn around the fortunes of their season, the Stanford Cardinal host the No. 10 Oregon Ducks tonight, and it really is a make-or-break opportunity for Stanford (and Cal, too, when the Bears play the Ducks during the weekend). Football-wise, Mike Bloomgren has been named the
offensive coordinator Andrew Luck Director of Offense.
It seems like every team that enters the top 10 loses soon thereafter, and the Ducks won’t be at full strength tonight. But even without Dominic Artis, Oregon wants to push the pace. Additionally, Matt Lubick was hired as the passing game coordinator for Mark Helfrich’s football team. He was formerly at Duke, where he was honored as the Wide Recievers Coach of the Year by FootballScoop.com this past season.
The pecking order in the Pac-12 men’s basketball standings right now is: Oregon, Arizona, UCLA and everybody else. With the top three spots solidified, it appears that Colorado and Arizona State will be fighting for the No. 4 spot - the last seed to receive a bye in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament. The Buffs and Forks don’t play for another two-plus weeks, but that hasn’t stopped the Daily Camera from writing about this big matchup!
The Utes will be down a big man for a while, as Dallin Bachynski is taking a break from the basketball team. He will not practice or suit up, but is still part of the team.
What happens when you’re a top-10 team pretty much all season like Arizona? The opposing schools’ marketing departments save something special for you! On Montlake, there will be a pep rally at noon tomorrow for the Arizona game later that night.
In Pullman, the Cougars want to white out Beasley Coliseum on Coaches vs. Cancer Night Saturday when they play – who else – Arizona.
Had he chosen to stay, Derrick Williams would be in his senior year as a Wildcat. Instead, he’s doing his thing in the NBA with the T-Wolves. However, he’ll be back near campus soon, because Derrick Williams is helping to start a retail venture in downtown Tucson.
There are plenty of other sports going on during the winter, and the Golden Bears’ athletic department does a good job of letting you know what else is going down in Berkeley with This Week in Cal Athletics (’tis a video). Especially intriguing, the No. 3 Cal women’s swimming team battles No. 1 USC and No. 12 UCLA on Friday and Saturday, respectively. The Golden Bears have won three of the last four NCAA titles, including the last two, in women’s swimming.
Baseball season is just around the corner, and Oregon State coach Pat Casey and the Beavers discuss the 2013 season. The Beavs start the season ranked sixth in the country by Baseball America.