Stanford advances in NIT Tip-Off


Stanford advances in NIT Tip-Off

STANFORD -- When a coach uses 11 players in a half, you probably figure hes either got a big lead or that he has too many good players.In the case of Johnny Dawkins and Stanford on Tuesday night, it was neither. Not for the first 20 minutes anyway.Stanford put aside a rough first half -- one that many players contributed to -- before making enough plays in the second to beat Colorado State 64-52 in the preseason NIT tournament at Maples Pavilion.The depth is something were excited about, Dawkins said. We kind of have a feeling about the strengths and weaknesses of those kids and which games would fit their style of play. When we see that we try to prepare appropriately."Against the small-ish and guard-oriented Rams, Dawkins tried a bunch of first half different lineups. Not only did he use 11 players, he used 11 players in the first 11 minutes.In the second half, Dawkins settled down some, whittling his rotation down to eight players and going small for long stretches.We would like to narrow it down if we possibly could, Dawkins said. We have depth this year. Theres not great separation, and I think you can see that by the stat sheet. You have different guys stepping up and that provides us with flexibility and allows us to play a little unorthodox.Stanford (3-0) was down 31-20 with less than five minutes remaining in the first half, then made a push and capped off the run when Gabe Harris hit a shot from beyond halfcourt to get the Cardinal within 33-31.In the second half, Josh Owens went to work inside, Aaron Bright made a couple of big shots beyond the arc and Harris did his work with the in-between game.I think its something were used to, Owens said about the frequent first-half substitutions. Were a deep team and have a lot of guys who can contribute.

But heres the question: Is it possible that by using too many players it makes it more difficult for players to get into a rhythm?Weve thought about that, Dawkins said. What we anticipate happening throughout the season is our players will create their own separation. Aaron for an example, hes starting to create separation. In practice, before Dwight went down he was starting to create separation. And J.O. (Owens) has separation. You have guys creating that. Its about the players being worthy enough to be out there and the competition has been healthy for them.
Stanford advances to the semifinal round against the winner of Oklahoma State-University of Texas-San Antonio. Before that, the Cardinal has a Friday game against UC Davis.

Pac-12 basketball teams near Barcelona terrorist attack safe


Pac-12 basketball teams near Barcelona terrorist attack safe

Men's basketball teams from Oregon State, Clemson and Arizona were staying at a hotel in Barcelona, Spain, near where a van drove into pedestrians on Thursday, but team officials said everyone was safe.

Spanish police have confirmed they are investigating the bloodshed in Barcelona's historic Las Ramblas district as a terror attack. The area is a popular summer tourist spot.

Tulane also was playing in Barcelona, but it was unclear if they were staying in the same hotel as the other teams.

Oregon State assistant coach Gregg Gottlieb posted to Facebook: "We are all luckily ok. Our hotel/restaurant is located right on Las Ramblas. This tragedy happened right in front of us as our team just sat down for pregame meal. Thoughts and prayers for all those that are were hurt."

The Beavers' game Thursday night was canceled. It was supposed to be the first of a five-game tour.

Clemson was scheduled to play Thursday night against a Spanish All-Star team.

"We've been in contact with our men's basketball program currently in Barcelona and the entire travel party is safe and secure. Their exhibition game for tonight has been cancelled and the team will return to Clemson as previously scheduled tomorrow morning. Our thoughts are with the people of Barcelona," the South Carolina school said in a statement.

Clemson coach Brad Brownell confirmed in a text to The Associated Press that the three teams were staying in the same hotel.

"We are fine. Thankful to be safe and together," Brownell wrote.

Tulane athletic director Troy Tannen confirmed via social media that the Green Wave players and staff were safe.

Replying to a Twitter inquiry from a Portland television about whether the team was OK, Oregon State head coach Wayne Tinkle responded: "Yes we are, happened directly in front of our hotel while we were having a team meal in the restaurant, so senseless and sad! All accounted4."

Oregon State said it has not yet determined the remaining schedule for the team, which was supposed to be on the exhibition tour until Aug. 25.

A spokesman for Arizona said the Wildcats have canceled their third and final exhibition of their tour and "are currently working on travel plans to return home."

The future of Cal athletics, or lack thereof


The future of Cal athletics, or lack thereof

Your education dollars are always at work, so it is with pride and bewilderment that we report that the University of California’s incoming class (2021, for those few who can get out in four years) marched to Memorial Stadium and formed the world’s largest human letter.
It was . . . wait for it . . . a “C.” A 7,196-person-strong “C.”
But the school, as it occasionally does, missed a golden opportunity to seize a golden opportunity. All they needed to do was have a quick whip-round, get $55,586.44 from each and every one of the captives . . . er, students, and they could have wiped out their entire athletics deficit in one night.
You see, while forming gigantic letters is always fun (or as the kids used to say when double negatives didn’t mean voting, never not fun), Cal is staring at quite possibly the bleakest future a major athletic university ever has. The athletic department, whose chief officer, Mike Williams, has just announced his intention to quit, is over $400 million in debt between construction costs, ambition, shrinking allegiance and the absence of a Phil Knight-level sugar daddy to buy the pain away.
And before you blame Williams, he inherited this indigestible planetoid from his predecessor, Sandy Barbour, who grew it from her predecessor, Steve Gladstone, and hastened it from . . . well, you get the drift. 
Cal’s been blowing through money it hasn’t been taking in for years upon years, didn’t realize the deficit-cutting benefits of the Pac-12 Network (because they largely don’t exist), and the day of reckoning looms closer and closer, especially now that new chancellor Carol Christ (no apparent relation) described the deficit as “corrosive” and has insisted that the athletic department have a balanced budget by 2020.
In short, the school may only be able to afford a lower-case “C” before too long. Maybe in comic sans.