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Hoops are a memory. Spring sports are over. Football season will be here before we know it.
In the meantime, I’m off for a bit of vacation with the family.
I’ll tell you all about it upon my return. Hope all of you find some time to exhale and recharge.
And try to get along with each other while I’m gone.
Alex Rossi, whose career at Cal never got off the ground because of nagging lower-abdominal issues, has committed to play for Valparaiso.
Here’s the news release from Valpo. Rossi left Cal at the end of the season because of family issues in suburban Chicago. He has applied for an NCAA waiver that would allow him to play immediately at his new school.
No underdogs survive as the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA tournament wraps up on Friday . . .
— No. 1′s Kentucky and North Carolina, No. 2 Kansas and No. 3 Baylor all advanced to the regional finals.
— Quite a night for the Zeller family. UNC’s Tyler Zeller had 20 points and 22 points in a 73-65 win over Ohio, and Indiana’s scored 20 in a 102-90 loss to Kentucky.
— Think Arizona could have used 7-foot center Jeff Withey this season? The junior transfer became just the fifth player in NCAA tournament history to block 10 shots in a game as Kansas beat North Carolina State 60-57.
— Then there’s one-time Cal guard Gary Franklin Jr., now playing for Baylor. The Bears of the Big 12 are one game away from the Final Four, but Franklin has yet to play in any of the team’s three NCAA games and has scored just six points in Baylor’s past 11 games.
South Florida will test Cal with a patient offense and long, physical defense.
Meanwhile, Cal’s women earned a No. 8 seed today and will open the NCAAs against Iowa in South Bend, Ind., on Sunday.
The public is invited to join the Cal women’s players and coaches for a viewing of the NCAA tournament selection show Monday at Pappy’s Grill at 2367 Telegraph Ave.
The ESPN show will air from 4 to 5 p.m. but the pre-show party will begin at 3 p.m.
Buffaloes edge Ducks in showdown at Boulder . . .
— Colorado 72, Oregon 71: Nate Tomlinson hit one of two free throws with 1 second on the clock and the Buffaloes (16-7, 8-3) stayed unbeaten improved to 7-0 at home in the Pac-12 and stayed tied for second. Freshman Spencer Dinwiddie led Colorado with 16 points. The Ducks (16-7, 7-4) dropped into a tie for fourth place despite 18 points from Devoe Joseph and 13 points/13 rebounds from E.J. Singler, who was called for the foul that sent Tomlinson to the FT line.
— Washington 69, USC 41: The first-place Huskies (16-7, 9-2) outscored the last-place Trojans (6-18, 1-10) by a 40-22 margin in the second half to remain one game ahead of Cal and Colorado. Tony Wroten had 13 points and Terrence Ross had 10 points and 14 rebounds for UW. USC shot 29 percent, including 1 for 16 from the 3-point arc.
— Arizona 56, Stanford 43: The Cardinal (16-7, 6-5) shot just 25.4 percent (16 for 63) and lost despite attempting 16 more shots than the Wildcats (16-8, 7-4). Arizona improved to 4-2 in Pac-12 road games and got a weekend sweep in the Bay. Kyle Fogg scored 14 to lead Az, which shot just 38 percent. Stanford has dropped four of its past five games.
– UCLA 63, Washington State 60: Joshua Smith scored 19 points on 8-for-9 shooting and the Bruins (13-10, 6-5) salvaged a weekend split in Washington. Brock Motum scored 25 for the Cougars (12-11, 4-7).
— Oregon State 76, Utah 58: The Beavers (15-8, 5-6) rode 20 points from Jared Cunningham to an easy win over the host Utes (5-18,2-9). Utah had 22 turnovers.
Just a heads-up that Jeff Tedford will appear on the Scott Van Pelt radio show today at 11:30 a.m. It airs on ESPN radio affiliates and online at espn.com.
I was planning to blog again but wound up writing a story for tomorrow’s paper. Just a collection of items, including bowl talk, Mychal Kendricks’ big honor and injury updates. Read up if you like …
It’s a good day for Cal linebacker Mychal Kendricks, who was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. Receiver Keenan Allen, left tackle Mitchell Schwartz and punter Bryan Anger also earned first-team honors, and defensive end Trevor Guyton was second-team. Stanford QB Andrew Luck was the Offensive Player of the Year and Stanford coach David Shaw was Coach of the Year.
A bit more to come …