The media honors for Pac-12 women’s basketball were released yesterday, as Chiney Ogwumike was named Pac-12 Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, Jillian Alleyne took home Freshman of the Year and Lindsay Gottlieb was tabbed Coach of the Year by members of the media who cover Pac-12 women’s basketball. You can also take a look at their All-Pac-12 teams as well. Congrats to those who were recognized.
Here’s a little more on Chiney Ogwumike- she’s making a mark on the court and in class. Not only is she an automatic 20 and 10 on the floor, she also has a 3.41 GPA and has been called a “force for good” by one of her professors. That’s a pretty nice compliment.
She might have a tough time winning a third straight Pac-12 Tournament Championship, however, with the way the Golden Bears are playing. It has the folks over at Full Court asking Cal or Stanford for the Pac-12 Championship? Don’t sleep on the rest of the field, though… Also, with all the news surrounding both basketball teams, we’ve forgotten to tell you that Cal and new football coach Sonny Dykes have finalized a five-year deal.
Remember the headline Buffs women’s basketball team climbs to highest ranking in nine years? Well it’s back again, because Lappe and Friends are now ranked 18th in the AP Top 25, up one spot from last week and still one spot behind the No. 17 ranking they earned in 2004.
For men’s hoops, Kyle Anderson was named Pac-12 Player of the Week for averaging 19 points, 11 rebounds and 100 percent free-throwing in wins at home over the Arizona schools. Additionally, Shabazz Muhammad is among eight National Freshman of the Year Finalists. Best of luck to ‘Bazz.
Also best of luck to Jahii Carson, who is a finalist for National Freshman of the Year as well. Judging by the school’s releases and tweets dating back to January, nobody is more supportive of the Carson candidacy than Doug Tammaro, the great SID for Sendek hoops.
USC was thought to be a dark horse by some in the Pac-12 race going into the season, and with the way Cantu has his guys playing right now, College Basketball Talk considers USC a sleeper in the Pac-12 Tournament.
A game last Sunday on the road in Seattle followed by a home game against UCLA this Wednesday- yup, it’s a quick turnaround for Washington State men’s hoops.
You can never get enough Oregon State baseball in your life. After hitting four home runs and knocking in 12 guys over the last three games of the Beavers’ sweep of Bryant, Michael Conforto was named a National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball. Also, Cliff Kirkpatrick of the Corvallis Gazette-Times is releasing a book called Building a Legacy that chronicles the Beavers’ back-to-back baseball championships. By the way, what do you think of the new Oregon State logo?
In women’s gymnastics news, the No. 7 Red Rocks enter a huge meet in Athens on Saturday just ever-so-slightly ahead of No. 8 Georgia. So you could say that a slim margin separates the Utes and Dawgs.
And a little football to wrap up our roundup. Washington is set to start spring practice with a focus on the quarterback position, hoping to get Keith “Teeth” Price back to his 2011 form.
No more Chip Kelly to lead the Fighting Ducks, but the goals haven’t changed in Eugene. Even without Kelly, Oregon aims for No. 1.
Let’s send you on your way today with a spring practice primer on the Arizona Wildcats, courtesy of the good folks at CBS Sports.