February 9, 2007 |
No. 14 Washington State used a smothering defense to defeat No. 25 Stanford, 58-45, Thursday night at Pullman, Wash., to reach 20 wins for the first time since the 1993-94 season. The Cougars, 20-4 overall and 9-3 in the Pacific 10 Conference, are in second place, one game behind UCLA. Stanford (15-7, 7-4) shot only 28%, had 12 shots blocked and committed 15 turnovers in posting a season-low score. The Cardinal came in averaging 72 points.
March 7, 2007 |
Alfred Aboya, who sat out UCLA's upset loss to Washington on Saturday because of a bruised left knee, said Tuesday that he participated in "90%" of practice and, as far as the Bruins' quarterfinal game Thursday in the Pacific 10 Conference tournament goes, "I'm playing." Aboya, the sophomore center from Cameroon who has had three knee surgeries over the last three years, said he did everything at practice Tuesday "but conversion defense and the last part of practice, which was playing motion."
January 18, 2007 |
Go ahead, align your defense to contain Arizona standout forward Marcus Williams with double teams. That will only prompt Wildcats point guard Mustafa Shakur to deftly find the open man. Go ahead, put a nimble post player on Arizona forward Ivan Radenovic to keep him from finding open outside shots. That will only cause Radenovic to showcase his passing skills or his improved ability to take it to the basket.
January 21, 2007 |
UCLA forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute's sprained right knee injury is not serious, and he has not yet been ruled out of the Bruins' next game Thursday at California, Coach Ben Howland said. "I don't know if Luc will be ready next weekend or not. It's too early to say," Howland said. "I'll know more by Wednesday. Regardless, guys have to step up and get it done." An MRI exam of Mbah a Moute's knee showed no structural damage, and he was able to ride a bike for conditioning Friday.
January 26, 2007 |
Clippers owner Donald T. Sterling wanted to send a message, so he summoned General Manager Elgin Baylor, Coach Mike Dunleavy and Corey Maggette to an impromptu meeting Saturday near the bottom of the entrance ramp at Staples Center. The Clippers had just routed the Memphis Grizzlies and Sterling figured the time was right to make his position known on the team's trade discussions involving Maggette.
February 22, 2006 |
Coach Jim Calhoun had a sick feeling. His third-ranked Connecticut team was headed toward an apparent rout of unranked Notre Dame on Tuesday night when it suddenly unraveled at Hartford, Conn. The Fighting Irish showed why they were the best three-point shooting team in the conference and made four of them in a 25-2 run to erase a 19-point second-half deficit. Then it was the Huskies' turn to rely on their strength: the inside game.
January 17, 2006 |
Rashad Anderson scored 21 points, and Josh Boone had 18 points and 10 rebounds as No. 3 Connecticut ended No. 20 Syracuse's 12-game winning streak, 88-80, on Monday night in a Big East Conference game at Syracuse, N.Y. Syracuse (15-3, 3-1) entered the top 25 on Monday for the first time since late November, but Connecticut (15-1, 3-1) took a big early lead and pulled away for their sixth win over the Orange in eight meetings.
February 14, 2006 |
Villanova went inside in the first half and stayed outside in the second. Add some solid defense and an offensive boost from an unlikely source, and the No. 4 Wildcats defeated No. 1 Connecticut, 69-64, Monday night, Villanova's first victory over a top-ranked team in nearly 11 years. "It was a big test for us. UConn was a great team," said Allan Ray, who had 19 of his 25 points in the second half. "A lot of teams didn't think we were going to win.
February 1, 2006 |
The people who have been around the Big East for decades and those who are fairly new to the conference agreed that No. 1 Connecticut's 80-76 victory over No. 9 Pittsburgh on Tuesday night was physical even for a league known for that style of play. "I was tired with three minutes left. That's about as tough as it gets," said Husky guard Marcus Williams, who made five free throws in the last 30 seconds in Connecticut's eighth straight win. "That was a physical game.
December 29, 2006 |
Marcus Williams scored 21 points and Ivan Radenovic had 17 to help No. 7 Arizona defeat California, 94-85, on Thursday night in Tucson for its 10th consecutive victory. Arizona, 10-1 overall and 1-0 in the Pacific 10 Conference, is unbeaten since losing its opener at Virginia Nov. 12, the school's longest winning streak since 2003. Williams made all eight of his shots and Radenovic made six of seven. The Wildcats shot 60.3% in the teams' Pac-10 opener.