Here’s some video of Charles Barkley talking about the officiating in the NCAA tourney … lane violation anyone?
Anyway just because the Pac-12 isn’t playing the NCAA tournament anymore, doesn’t mean basketball isn’t being played. Besides Washington and Oregon, Stanford is alive in the NIT. And with wins on Monday night, Oregon State and Washington State will meet in the semifinals of the CBI tourney.
Bellevue grad Aaron Bright scored a career high 29 points and the Cardinal withstood a ton bunch of 3-pointers from Eastern Illinois to get the win. The backcourt of Bright – just a sophomore – and freshman Chasson Randle is pretty good. Throw in sophomore forwards Josh Huestis, who is one of the best defensive players in the league, Dwight Powell and Anthony Brown and that’s a pretty good nucleus.
Here’s some video highlights of the game since it wasn’t on TV.
The Cougs won an ugly game by using solid man-to-man defense. That’s not a typo. WSU, which played a lot of 2-3 zone this year because of man-to-man deficiencies, used the man-to-man to shut down Wyoming. So was it improved defense or Wyoming’s awful offense — probably a little of both.
From the quote sheet …
Brock Motum on gearing up to play Oregon State for a fourth time this season… “We have played them before, so the scouting shouldn’t be that difficult. It will be about execution, thank God this will be the last time and hopefully we will get them this time. It will be an advantage and disadvantage for both teams.”
The small crowd was pleased in Corvallis when the Beavers broke the 100-point barrier and was chanting for Chalupas. Here’s the game story from the Register-Guard. Here’s the postgame press conference video
Craig Robinson: “I keep saying this, but it sure is fun to still be playing and watching this team work. And I mean not just in the games because watching them work this week in practice, I am very fearful in their attention span because it has been a long season, but they just won’t do it. They are just so interested in playing and being good. They have been a typical Oregon State team because they just keep getting better and better no matter how long the season is. It is really nice to see. The big thing I will bring up in this game is if you look at the 24 assists and the 58 points in the paint, I don’t think I have ever been a part of a team with a group of guys that do not care who does what. They just do what is necessary to win.”
Elsewhere in the Pac-12
Bill Oram wraps up Utah’s first season in the Pac-12 and taking a look at the future. Expect head coach Larry Krystkowiak to change up the roster quite a bit.
Here’s a look at USC’s incoming recruiting class, including high-scoring guard J.T. Terrell, who played for Peninsula Community College in the NWAAC.
Bruce Pascoe does a season wrap up for the Arizona Wildcats. His notebook looks at some schedule changes for the Wildcats for next season as well the future of Solomon Hill.
Sophomore guard Kyle Cain has decided to leave Arizona State. Another defection for Herb Sendek
Ryan Thorburn wraps up Colorado’s first season in the Pac-12. Tad Boyle has high expectations for his program.