It’s the dawn of a brand new era in Pac-12 Post link roundup history. With the football regular season over and bowl games a couple of weeks away, let’s spread the love around to some other Pac-12 sports. Sure, you knew that Stanford is headed to the Rose Bowl, but did you know that the Cardinal women’s volleyball team has advanced to the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament after beating Western Kentucky in straight sets?
Guess who else will be joining Stanford in the round of 16 in the NCAA women’s volleyball tournament? Washington, which came back from a 2-1 set deficit to edge out perennial power Hawai’i in five sets. Up next for the Huskies is a date with Nebraska in a classic B1G-Pac-12 matchup, as these two conferences are widely considered to be the best in women’s college volleyball.
Guess who else will be tagging along with Stanford and Washington in the Sweet 16? Oregon, after it swept Dayton to book itself a match with BYU in the round of 16. If Oregon and Washington win, the two will face each other in the Omaha regional final, with the winner advancing to the Final Four in Louisville.
Guess who else will be making an NCAA women’s volleyball regional semifinal appearance? USC, but that’s not what we’re linking here. Rather, Jovan Vavic and the USC men’s water polo team just won their fifth straight national championship, this time beating UCLA, 11-10, on a goal with 40 seconds to play.
UCLA coaches weren’t happy with how that title bout played out in more than one way, and Ben Howland and Co. also probably weren’t too pleased after a nine-point loss to a ranked San Diego State squad over the weekend. Go Joe Bruin goes behind the box score of UCLA’s 78-69 loss to the Aztecs.
Just because we’re linking to other sports doesn’t mean we can’t talk football also. Oregon State is headed to the Alamo Bowl, giving the Beavers another opportunity in a season full of them. The opportunity here? Beat a powerhouse that you’re expected to handle (Texas).
Who loves hoops? Cal fans probably don’t feel quite that way after the Cal women’s team lost a top-10 matchup at Duke and the Golden Bears’ men’s team dropped a 25-point decision at Wisconsin.
You know Arizona fans love hoops, and they had plenty to cheer about in the Wildcats’ 85-57 win over Texas Tech. Only problem – they couldn’t be there to cheer ‘em on…unless they had booked a trip to Lubbock (there’s a pretty nice hotel there…and a Sonic nearby…). [Editor's note: Clearly you didn't hear the "U of A" chants booming in United Spirit Arena as time ran out.]
Sun Devil supporters have to be feeling a lot better about their men’s basketball team as well. Just 48 hours after Doug Haller pointed out Evan Gordon’s early-season struggles, Gordon lit up Sacramento State (which beat Utah earlier this year) for 29 points to the lead Arizona State to a sizable victory. For the record, that’s not a dig on Doug Haller. I repeat, that’s not a dig on Doug Haller. Where would the link roundup be without him?
#rolltad took its first loss of the season at Wyoming. Afterward, Tad Boyle said he expects his team to be tougher. On the football side of things, Cincinnati coach Butch Jones is reportedly visiting Boulder today.
Note to self – Brock Motum is awesome.
Lastly, we end on some sad news. Former Utah head men’s basketball coach Rick Majerus passed away over the weekend at the age of 64, and the Salt Lake Tribune writes that there was nobody quite like Rick Majerus.