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Basketball: Pac-12 to open the curtain

Plenty of Pac-12 hoops to see on TV when the conference schedule begins on Thursday:

– No. 10 Oregon (12-0) at Utah (11-1), 5 p.m., Pac-12 Networks
– Washington (8-5) at Arizona State (11-2), 5 p.m., ESPNU
– Cal (9-4) at Stanford (9-3), 6 p.m., Fox Sports 1
– Oregon State (8-4) at No. 20 Colorado (11-2), 7 p.m., ESPNU
– Washington State (7-5) at No. 1 Arizona (13-0), 7 p.m., Pac-12 Networks

Posted on Thursday, January 2nd, 2014
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Basketball: How computer sees the Pac-12

Happy New Year everyone!

On the eve of the start of Pac-12 play, here’s how conference teams are ranked by RealTimeRPI.com, with strength-of-schedule ratings in parenthesis:

7. Colorado (7)
9. Arizona (76)
11. Oregon (83)
60. Arizona State (168)
65. UCLA (167)
70. Cal (75)
76. Stanford (97)
85. USC (107)
135. Oregon State (207)
138. Washington State (100)
165. Utah (349)
185. Washington (220)

Posted on Wednesday, January 1st, 2014
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Football: A busy day in the Pac-12

In case you missed, lots of Pac-12 football news on Tuesday:

– To make sure Jim Mora Jr. didn’t bolt to his alma mater at Washington, UCLA gives him a contract extension that will keep him in Westwood through 2019.

– New USC coach Steve Sarkisian expects to be a powerhouse recruiter in the L.A. area.

– Columnist Bill Plaschke of the L.A. Times says Sarkisian shouldn’t be confused with his friend and predecessor Lane Kiffin.

– Where does Washington turn for its next football coach?

– Quarterback Marcus Mariota assures that Oregon will remain a major player in the Pac-12 next year by announcing he will forgo the NFL draft and return to school.

Posted on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013
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Basketball: Tyrone Wallace is Player of Week

Cal sophomore guard Tyrone Wallace was named Pac-12 Player of the Week after scoring a career-high 20 points in the Bears’ 83-64 season-opening win over Coppin State.

It’s Wallace’s first player of the week honor.

The Bakersfield nativeĀ also contributed six rebounds, seven assists, two steals and a blocked shot, and made 3 of 6 attempts from 3-point range.

*****

The Bears return to action Tuesday night against Denver, making its season debut. Tipoff is 8 p.m. at Haas Pavilion

Posted on Monday, November 11th, 2013
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Football: You won’t believe it — a second straight day game at home for Golden Bears

Maybe the TV football gods feel bad for the Golden Bears.

Whatever the reason, Cal’s home finale against USC on Nov. 9 has been set for a noon kickoff, the Pac-12 office announced. The game will be aired on Fox.

That will mark a second straight home day game for the Bears, who played five of their first eight games at night, including last Saturday’s 8 p.m. kickoff at Washington.

Cal ends a three-week run of late games when it hosts Arizona on Saturday at 12:30. The game will be aired by the Pac-12 Networks.

Posted on Monday, October 28th, 2013
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Football: UW’s Sarkisian has no word on QB Price

Washington coach Steve Sarkisian said after practice Tuesday he still doesn’t know if quarterback Keith Price, nursing an injury to the thumb on his throwing hand, will be ready to face Cal on Saturday night.

Click here for the Seattle Times story.

Posted on Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013
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Pac-12 Basketball Media Day: Justin Cobbs welcomes chance to mentor freshman Jabari Bird

Cal coach Mike Montgomery, peppered with questions about Jabari Bird, called the Bay Area prospect “probably the most high-profile freshman” he has brought to Berkeley and predicted, “He’s going to be a great player.”

But Montgomery said the job of helping Bird become that player falls to senior point guard Justin Cobbs.

“It’s going to be the responsibility of a guy like Justin to make sure that we take advantage of his abilities,” Montgomery said Thursday at Pac-12 media day in San Francisco.

In other words, as always with Montgomery, he wants his upper classmen to shoulder the pressure and leadership on his team.

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Posted on Thursday, October 17th, 2013
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Basketball: Az picked to win Pac-12, Cal 5th

Arizona was picked to win the Pac-12 men’s basketball title in a poll of media members who cover the conference. The Wildcats collected 21 of 23 first-place votes.

The others went to UCLA and Colorado, who finished second and third in the poll.

Oregon was fourth, just two points ahead of Cal.

The rest of the poll: Stanford, Arizona State, Washington, Utah, Oregon State, USC and Washington State.

The media has correctly predicted the Pac-12 champion 12 of the past 21 seasons.

Posted on Thursday, October 17th, 2013
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Basketball: Andy Enfield brings `Dunk City’ flair from Florida Gulf Coast to USC

He is a reluctant celebrity, made instantly famous by the exploits of his Florida Gulf Coast basketball team during last season’s NCAA tournament. Now Andy Enfield finds himself living in the city where Kardashians set trends and TMZ shouts the news.

“I was never the life of the party. In fact, I’m still not,” Enfield said recently.

But as USC’s first-year coach and the guy with the former supermodel wife, Enfield is charged with creating a product that can escape the shadows of football on his campus and of basketball at the school across town.

USC hasn’t reached the Final Four since 1954, but Enfield believes players in one of the nation’s most fertile recruiting grounds will embrace the flamboyant “Dunk City” approach his Florida Gulf Coast team rode to the Sweet 16. He interrupted a recent scrimmage at the Galen Center’s practice gym to reinforce that point.

“We play up-tempo basketball here,” he told his players. “If you want to play slow, go to UCLA.”

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Posted on Tuesday, October 15th, 2013
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Football: Vincenzo D’Amato wins Pac-12 award

Cal senior placekicker Vincenzo D’Amato. who kicked three field goals and threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to holder Jackson Bouza in the Bears’ 44-30 season-opening loss to Northwestern, was named Pac-12 special teams player of the week.

Colorado wide receiver Paul Richardson and Arizona safety Tra’Mayne Bondurant were honored for offense and defense. Click here for more details.

Posted on Monday, September 2nd, 2013
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