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.

Louisville has 'effectively fired' head coach Rick Pitino


Louisville has 'effectively fired' head coach Rick Pitino

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville has placed coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich on administrative leave amid a federal bribery investigation.

Jurich is on paid leave, while Pitino is on unpaid leave. The coach’s attorney, Steve Spence, told the Courier-Journal Wednesday that Louisville has “effectively fired” Pitino.

Pitino’s exit comes after the school acknowledged on Tuesday that the men’s program is part of a federal investigation into alleged bribery of recruits. The 65-year-old coach was not named in the indictment that resulted in the arrest of 10 people including four assistant coaches at other schools and an Adidas executive.

It is the latest black eye for the Cardinals program. Pitino and Louisville are in the middle of appealing NCAA sanctions following an embarrassing sex scandal.

Jurich has supported Pitino through his transgressions during the athletic director’s nearly 20-year tenure at the university.

Cal fights USC into fourth quarter, can't complete the upset


Cal fights USC into fourth quarter, can't complete the upset


BERKELEY -- Stephen Carr ran for a fourth-quarter touchdown two plays after Southern California's defense forced one of its six turnovers and the fifth-ranked Trojans won their 13th straight game, 30-20 over California on Saturday.

USC (4-0, 2-0 Pac-12) has dominated the series with its in-state rival by winning 14 straight against the Golden Bears (3-1, 0-1), but this was one of the tightest matchups in years as the game was tied early in the fourth quarter.

Sam Darnold threw for 223 yards and two touchdowns for the Trojans but also had an interception and was under pressure for much of the day.

It was the defense that stepped up for USC, intercepting a pass from Ross Bowers in the first quarter to set up a field goal and then delivering the big play early in the fourth quarter after Chase McGrath gave the Trojans a 16-13 lead with his third field goal of the game.

Josh Fatu knocked the ball out of Bowers' hand and Uchenna Nwosu recovered the fumble at the 3. Carr ran it in two plays later from the 2 to make it 23-13.

Ykili Ross then intercepted Bowers' pass on the next possession, setting up Darnold's 4-yard TD pass to Deontay Burnett that put away the game.

Bowers finished 22 for 50 for 303 yards with one touchdown, four interceptions and two lost fumbles.


SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: The Trojans struggled for much of the game without starting RB Ronald Jones (ankle) and WR Steven Mitchell (groin) but managed to pull away late in their first road game of the season.

CALIFORNIA: The Bears used an improved defense to start 3-0 under first-year coach Justin Wilcox but this was supposed to be the test of how far they had come. Cal showed plenty by sticking with a national title contender for three quarters. A sequence on the opening drive of the second will haunt the Bears. Patrick Laird dropped a potential TD in the end zone and Matt Anderson then missed a 29-yard field goal that kept the game tied at 13.


A win against an unranked team should do little to alter USC's poll position.


SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: Visits No. 18 Washington State on Friday.

CALIFORNIA: Visits No. 24 Oregon on Saturday.