Stanford has no answers for White as Colorado downs Cardinal


Stanford has no answers for White as Colorado downs Cardinal

STANFORD — Derrick White scored 19 points with eight assists and eight rebounds, Bryce Peters made two 3-pointers as part of a big run in the second half and Colorado held on to beat Stanford 81-74 on Thursday.

Xavier Johnson had 19 points and six rebounds, Peters scored 13 points and Tory Miller added 10 and seven rebounds to help the Buffaloes (13-10, 3-7 Pac-12) to their third consecutive win following a seven-game losing streak.

The win also the 199th of Colorado coach Tad Boyle's career, 143 coming with the Buffaloes.

It wasn't easy or pretty as the two teams combined for 48 fouls and 35 turnovers, including a season-high 23 by Colorado.

The Buffaloes were also held to one basket over the final six minutes but made 9 of 12 free throws down the stretch to seal their seventh consecutive win over the Cardinal.

Marcus Sheffield scored 19 points and Michael Humphrey added 13 points and eight rebounds for Stanford (11-11, 3-7).

Colorado led 53-49 with 11½ minutes remaining before going on a 17-6 run. Peters made two of his three 3-pointers, including one from 27 feet out, and had two free throws during the run.

Stanford closed within 72-63 on Humphrey's jumper with 2:28 left.

Colorado shot nearly 58 percent in the first half but it was misleading. The Buffaloes committed 12 turnovers and managed only three buckets over the final 4 ½ minutes.

Sheffield, who had 15 points before the break, kept Stanford close with three 3-pointers and Josh Sharma added a 19-foot jumper to pull the Cardinal within 41-31 at halftime.


Colorado: The Buffaloes rode the momentum from their stunning win over then-No. 10 Oregon last week to a sometimes sloppy win over the Cardinal. Boyle's team still has a long way to go to get out of the bottom half of the conference but the view looks a lot better than they did a short time ago. . Colorado leads the all-time series 10-9.

Stanford: The Cardinal appeared to have things turned around with three straight wins in mid-January but that's a distant memory now. Stanford didn't play poorly but was inconsistent on the defensive end and were outmuscled inside most of the night.


Colorado: The Buffaloes stay in the Bay Area and play at California on Sunday seeking their first-ever win in Berkeley.

Stanford: Hosts Utah on Saturday. The Utes have won three of the four against the Cardinal, the lone loss coming last season at Maples Pavilion.

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.