Andrew Kahn

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: Head coach Steve Alford of the UCLA Bruins instructs his team during a time out in the game against the Utah Utes at Pauley Pavilion on January 29, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. UCLA won 69-59. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Quick Hits: UCLA And Oregon Earn Crucial Victories

Last night’s two Pac-12 results were both expected and necessary for the teams that won. One was never really in doubt while another went down to the wire.

02/12/2015

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 21: Head coach Cuonzo Martin of the California Golden Bears looks on from the bench against the Texas Longhorns at Madison Square Garden on November 21, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Cal Bears On Thrilling Win Streak

Call them the Buzzer-Beating Bears or Cardiac Cal. Since starting 1-6 in Pac-12 play, California is on a four-game win streak.

02/11/2015

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 14: Michael Jordan, owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, waits with former coach Dean Smith before being inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame on December 14, 2010 at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)

Dean Smith Leaves A Lasting Legacy

Most coaches are not like Dean Smith. Keep that in mind. Too often, particularly at the college level, they’re referred to as “leaders of young men,” praised for their impact off the field of play,

02/10/2015

GAINESVILLE, FL - FEBRUARY 07: Karl-Anthony Towns #12 of the Kentucky Wildcats shoots a basket around Chris Walker #23 of the Florida Gators during the first half of the game at Stephen C. O'Connell Center on February 7, 2015 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

Quick Hits: Kentucky Survives, Arizona Falls

Another exciting college basketball weekend is in the books as we inch closer to March Madness. Here’s a look at some of the key games.

02/09/2015

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 25: Dillon Brooks #24 of the Oregon Ducks celebrates a three point basket in the first half during a game against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams at the Barclays Center on November 25, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Rising Star: Oregon Forward Dillon Brooks

Having grown up in Mississauga, Ontario, and wanting more competition and exposure, Dillon Brooks planned to spend his final two high school years playing for basketball powerhouse Findlay Prep in Nevada.

02/06/2015

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 24: Head coach Wayne Tinkle of the Oregon State Beavers. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Wayne Tinkle Leads Oregon State Resurgence

Oregon State basketball is now in an unfamiliar position where it must handle success. Barry thinks Tinkle might be concerned about the expectations getting out of control due to the early success.

02/05/2015

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 10: Kevon Looney #5 of the UCLA Bruins shoots a foul shot against the UC Riverside Highlanders at Pauley Pavilion on December 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. UCLA won 77-66. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Signing Day: Pac-12 Basketball Rewind

The top player in the Pac-12’s class according to 247sports.com’s composite rankings was Arizona’s Stanley Johnson. The nation’s No. 3 overall recruit has definitely lived up to the hype.

02/04/2015

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - JANUARY 25: Jake Connor #10 of the Utah Utes practices before their game against the Washington Huskies at the Jon M. Huntsman Center on January 25, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)

Arizona, Colorado Arenas Among Pac-12’s Toughest

Coaches and commentators have been saying it’s hard to win on the road in conference forever, and it’s true. The Pac-12 is no exception.

02/03/2015

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - JANUARY 31: Jahlil Okafor #15 and Tyus Jones #5 of the Duke Blue Devils celebrate following a late-three pointer by Jones against the Virginia Cavaliers at John Paul Jones Arena on January 31, 2015 in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)

Quick Hits: Duke’s Late Heroics Top Virginia

The end of January brought a taste of March Madness, as Saturday provided a bevy of great performances, top matchups, and wild finishes. Here are the best of the best.

02/02/2015

SPOKANE, WA - DECEMBER 10: Josh Hawkinson #24 of the Washington State Cougars blocks the shot of Kevin Pangos #4 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the second half at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena on December 10, 2014 in Spokane, Washington. Gonzaga defeated Washington State 81-66. (Photo by William Mancebo/Getty Images)

Rising Star: Washington State Forward Josh Hawkinson

There may not be a player in the country who has benefited more from a coaching change this season than Hawkinson.

01/30/2015

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