Time to make some decisions about the future of LeftCoastHoops.
Guess it’s probably not hard to notice that the site has gone without fresh content for quite a long time.
In simplest terms, my job with espnW is keeping me very busy and I just don’t have the time to maintain the page with regular content the way I once did.
That being said, for this basketball season, I will leave the site up and running to use as a space for live chats of games that I’m covering throughout the season.
After this season is over, I will re-evaulate whether Left Coast Hoops is going to live on.
I continue to appreciate the support everyone has given me over the years and I hope that all will keep reading at espnW.
Time to make some decisions about the future of LeftCoastHoops.
Only one more week after this…more movement. Except at the top.
- Stanford (26-1, 17-0). The Cardinal will close their home schedule with a non-conference game against Seattle University before Sunday night’s Pac-12 finale against Cal at Haas Pavilion, which is the last place where Stanford lost a conference game.
- Cal (22-7, 13-4). The Bears have locked up second place and the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament. Layshia Clarendon has led Cal in scoring in each of the last four games.
- Gonzaga (14-2, 25-4). Gonzaga captured the WCC regular-season title – that makes eight straight – with a convincing win over BYU and will go into this week’s conference tournament as the No. 1 seed.
- Fresno State (23-5, 11-1). The Bulldogs stumbled with a 62-61 loss to San Jose State this weekend. FSU closes its home schedule against Louisiana Tech on Thursday night.
- USC (16-11, 10-6). The Women of Troy have won four in a row and have good momentum heading into their final road weekend at the Washington schools.
- San Diego State (21-6, 11-2). The Aztecs were out-rebounded for only the third time this season and fell at Colorado State over the weekend. Courtney Clements has scored 20 or more points 11 times this season.
- BYU (24-6, 12-4). A 17-point loss to Gonzaga cost the Cougars a shot at their first WCC title, but they could certainly make a run at the conference tournament title in Las Vegas.
- UCLA (14-13, 9-7). The Bruins are in a tie for fourth place with Oregon State heading into the final weekend. Why is that important, the top four teams in the Pac-12 get a first-round bye in the conference tournament.
- Oregon State (18-9, 9-7). The Beavers want that No. 4 seed, but there are also pretty happy about sweeping rival Oregon in the season series and winning three in a row for the first time since 1994.
- San Diego (21-7, 12-4). The Torreros have tied a program record with 21 victories.
With two weeks to go until conference tournaments, the picture crystallizes…
- Stanford (24-1, 15-0). The Cardinal have clinched their 12th straight conference title and it’s the final Pac-12 home weekend with Utah and Colorado making their first visits.
- Cal (20-7, 11-4). The Bears get to 20 wins for the fifth time in the last six years and get a big weekend in Oregon from junior guard Layshia Clarendon, who combined for 49 points in the two wins.
- Fresno State (22-4, 10-0). The Bulldogs remain perfect in the WAC at 10-0 after an 18-point win over second-place Utah State on Saturday. One more win and FSU clinches the league title.
- Gonzaga (13-2, 24-4). The Zags are back in first place and get a rematch against BYU this weekend with the conference regular-season title on the line.
- San Diego State (20-5, 10-1). The Aztecs have a two-game lead over second-place Colorado State with three to play.
- BYU (23-5, 11-3). Thursday’s home loss to last-place USF is going to cost the Cougars their spot in the national rankings and it’s a bad late-season loss for a team that wants to make the case that it deserves to be included in the NCAA field.
- Arizona State (18-8, 9-6). An important sweep this weekend for ASU, who moved into sole possession of third place. The Sun Devils, on the road for their final three Pac-12 games, cannot afford a stumble at the finish if the Sun Devils want a look from the NCAA selection committee. And the trip next weekend to L.A. is going to be tough.
- USC (14-11, 8-6). The Women of Troy might finally be finding a groove, getting back-to-back wins over top-tier conference foes in Cal and UCLA.
- UCLA (12-13, 7-7). Markel Walker posted her ninth double-double of the year in the loss to USC.
- Oregon State (17-9, 8-7). This past weekend was something of a reality check for the Beavers, getting swept by the powerful Bay Area schools. OSU drops into fourth place in the conference standings and will want to hang on to that spot in order to finish with a first-round bye in the conference tournament.
- Stanford (22-1, 13-0). The Cardinal battled for their weekend sweep against USC and UCLA and head up to Oregon for a surprisingly big game on Thursday night against Oregon State.
- Cal (18-7, 9-4). The Bears lost a painful game in overtime at home to USC on Saturday night, one of the best conference games in a long while. Just happy it was on TV for people to see. Now an Oregon trip fraught with peril for the Bears, who aren’t interested in dropping into the mess in the middle of the Pac-12.
- Fresno State (20-4, 8-0). Fresno State hit a school-record tying 18 3-pointers in defeating Nevada-Reno on Saturday. I gave them a vote in the AP poll this week.
- BYU (22-4, 10-2). Beating up on Gonzaga at home this week makes a statement in the WCC.
- Gonzaga (11-2, 22-4). On the other side, the Zags were beaten soundly by BYU and it might be costly come time to place the Bulldogs in the NCAA bracket.
- San Diego State (18-5, 8-1). The Aztecs solidified their spot at the top of the Mountain West with a big road win at UNLV in which they broke open a close game in the second half.
- USC (13-11, 7-6). Will Saturday’s big win at Cal be enough to build some momentum for the capable Women of Troy? Will Ashley Corral’s injured ankle derail that momentum?
- Oregon State (17-7, 8-5). Suddenly, the Beavers are the team in sole possession of third place in the Pac-12 and a very dangerous matchup for Stanford and Cal who will come to Corvallis this week.
- UCLA (12-12, 7-6). The Bruins have a very big game coming up at USC next weekend, one in which they could cement their spot in the top half of the conference standings and perhaps stay in line for a first-round bye in the tournament.
- Arizona State (16-8, 7-6). The Sun Devils snapped a three-game losing streak by winning at Colorado to salvage their first trip to the new Pac-12 schools. ASU was looking tournament-worthy a couple of weeks ago, now they just look like another team in the scrum.
OK, I decided to add BYU into the mix. They are playing in the West Coast Conference , after all…
1. Stanford (20-1, 11-0). The Cardinal got pushed again by ASU and then thumped the Wildcats in Tucson. Another telling weekend coming up against USC and UCLA.
2. Cal (17-6, 8-3). A big sweep in Arizona for the Bears, who maintain their standing as the undisputed No. 2 team in the conference and a chance to avenge the L.A. weekend losses coming this week.
3. Gonzaga (21-3, 10-1). The Zags have nailed down their sixth-straight 20-win season and face their biggest challenge of the WCC season on the road against Utah on Thursday night in Provo.
4. Fresno State (19-4, 7-0). A very big down-to-the-wire win in Ruston against Louisiana Tech propels the Bulldogs to an unbeaten first half of WAC play.
5. Arizona State (15-7, 6-5). The Sun Devils have a shot at making the NCAA Tournament, despite this weekend’s sweep at the hands of the Bay Area schools. But they need to win most of the rest of the way and feel fortunate that the unbalanced schedule means they won’t see either Cal or Stanford again until the conference tournament.
6. San Diego State (16-6, 6-1). The Aztecs 12-game winning streak came to an end at TCU on Saturday, a loss in which they shot just 23.4 percent from the floor. Saturday’s game against UNLV is an important one.
7. BYU (21-4, 9-2). OK, throwing BYU into the mix after deciding they are indeed on the West Coast radar. The Lions are challenging the status quo in the WCC, giving Gonzaga and run and also competing well in a conference that is as competitive as it has been in recent memory.
8. UCLA (12-10, 7-4). It’s a nice run for the Bruins, who have collected four straight wins, including two overtime victories, heading into the difficult Bay Area trip. Markel Walker is setting the tone, posting the conferences first triple-double since 2004 (14 points, 15 rebounds, 10 assists) with her performance against Washington State.
9. San Diego (15-5, 6-2). The Torreros are now in sole possession of third place in the WCC behind BYU and Gonzaga.
10. USC (12-10, 6-5). The wheels are coming off for USC, who fell to Washington at home for the first time since 2006 last weekend. Heading north to the Bay Area schools doesn’t make the picture much brighter.