Good question. I think Brock Motum shoulda been on the all-conference first team instead of either EJ Singler, Mark Lyons or Spencer Dinwiddie — in that order. Stanford's Josh Huestis was a stunner, for me, on the all-defense team. I think the Wildcats had a case for Johnson, but as Miller said the other day, his struggles (and the team's overall defensive struggles) the past month probably squashed that candidacy.
Jahii Carson and Dwight Powell have 7 points apiece early on here. Stanford's up 13-11
Will do. It's amazing: every single room in the MGM Grand has the Pac-12 Network. It's been on in bars and in the casino in the building. So apparently the best way to get Pac-12 Network at your house is to, well, host the tournament at your house.
Haven't seen any Wildcats in Vegas. I got here last night, and I don't believe they were coming in until today.
Lack of any other star team? UCLA, the conference champ, doesn't need to win this tournament to justify anything other than a slightly higher seed. Cal has zero depth. Oregon has been wildly inconsistent in the last month or so. Remember this: those three teams played five games last week, all with conference implications: and went 1-4. So no one's red hot.
Pope update: It's Jorge Mario Bergoglio from Argentina. He'll be Francis I. First South American pope and first Jesuit pope.
Game update: ASU up SEVEN, 23-16
I think Dwight Powell has been a mini-Derrick Williams this year — so big you have to guard him with a power forward or center, but agile, and skilled, enough to beat them one-on-one. I'd bet Carson stays another year, but who knows? Two weeks ago, his mom was trashing the team (other than her son) on Twitter.
Arizona is 7-4 in true away games and 3-0 in neutral site games, with two of those wins coming against Miami and San Diego State in Hawaii. 10-4's a pretty good number. I think Arizona's got a good chance to win the whole thing.
He looked like a more energized player to me. I think the week of practice helped a lot. He's not as bad as he played in February, so I think he'll be better by default. I'll be curious to see how his legs handle playing 3 times in 3 days, though that admittedly is a nice problem for the UA to have.
In the top 10 or 12? With fans thinking they should have been in the top 4 instead?
Smart-ass answer. Sorry. I think Arizona's freshmen can only get better going forward. Replacing Lyons and Hill (and maybe/probably Parrom) isn't as easy as it looks though
Maybe he's operating on 5 hours of sleep, too. :) I grew up in the West, so I've never confused the two. But apparently this is a pretty common deal. It shouldn't be on the Pac-12 Networks though.
The Wildcats would hope the committee would look at Parrom's season last year — between the shooting and the death of his mother — as a special case. By the letter of the law, no, he wouldn't get the medical redshirt.
Dude's got an NBA body, doesn't he?
Tell him to tell his friends that "Bear Down Arizona" came long before "Bear Down Chicago Bears."
He will be a purer point guard. But Lyons finished 11th in the league with 14.9 points per game. McConnell won't do that.
Roberson has a viral illness and missed last week. He was cleared by the doctor yesterday and is expected to start today against OSU. I suspect he'll play limited minutes today, and will struggle with back-to-back games, should they win. But still, he's a wonderful player. CU would rather have a weakened version of him than none at all, I think
That seems like a good way to end this. Pride and Joy of Illinois, and all that. Thanks for following along, guys. ASU up 35-33 at the half.
Have a great week, everybody.