There may not be a player in the country who has benefited more from a coaching change this season than Hawkinson.
Six Pac-12 teams were in action last night and six more take the court tonight, highlighted by Utah at UCLA. Yesterday, Arizona reminded us that it is among the nation’s elite, while Washington and Oregon State were exposed.
Here’s a scary thought: Anthony Davis, one of the top players in the NBA, would be a college senior this season. If players were forced to stay in school for four years, what would this season look like?
Which Pac-12 teams are in a good position to earn a bid? Which have a lot more work to do? With only two teams ranked in the top 25, there might not be much conference representation at the Big Dance.
It was a weekend of near upsets in college basketball, as several top teams narrowly escaped against unranked foes. Iowa State was not one of them, falling to Texas Tech on Saturday, but the other favorites held on for victory.
The watch list for the Wooden Award, the most prestigious of the trophies given annually to the best college basketball player, was reduced to 25 last week. Former winners include Michael Jordan, Tim Duncan, and Kevin Durant.
The 12-man class, which includes 11 players and one coach, will officially be inducted before the conference tournament championship game in Las Vegas in March.
The Big Ten was the best conference in college basketball last year. And the year before that. And the year before that. And the year before that.
In the premiere match-up of the Pac-12 season—and one that will possibly remain so until they meet again on Feb. 28—Arizona dominated the second half to hand Utah its first league loss on Saturday.
Some coaches would frown on a player attempting 22 shots in a game. When Washington’s Nigel Williams-Goss did it, his coaches were pleased.