"We theorize that if we combine education with sport, young people will want to live a lifestyle that's educational, hence, cool."
- Central Florida associate professor C. Keith Harrison, who founded the "Scholar Baller" program which currently has 44 participating schools including Ariziona State.
The Creek almost had a slow holiday week but basketball season has begun for women and men begins this week.
Meanwhile at NCAA HQ, it was also a slow week as the venerable bowl game season wraps up.
In men's hoop, UCLA defeated Sam Houston State and Michigan to remain undefeated at 11-0 overall with a 2 RPI.
In women's hoop, the Bruins beat California but lost to Stanford to move to 7-7 overall and 1-1 in conference play with a 35 RPI.
Running backs coach Kasey Dunn has left to become special teams coordinator and receivers coach at Baylor.
In men's hoop, Arizona beat Memphis to improve to 9-1 overall with a 1 RPI. Sophomore guard J.P. Prince has left the team.
In women's hoop, the Wildcats lost to rival ASU to drop to 6-7 overall and 0-1 in conference play with a 71 RPI.
In men's hoop, Stanford beat Fresno State to improve to 7-2 overall with a 77 RPI.
In women's hoop, the Cardinal swept USC and UCLA to improve to 7-3 overall with a 9 RPI.
The Beavers received a verbal commitment from defensive lineman Sioeli Nau.
In men's hoop, the Beavers beat Mercer to improve to 8-5 overall with a 223 RPI.
In women's hoop, Oregon State was swept by WSU and Washington to drop to 4-5 overall and 0-2 in conference play with a 292 RPI.
The Sun Devils lost to Hawai'i, 41-24, in the Hawai'i Bowl, and finished their season at 7-6.
In men's hoop, ASU beat Colgate and North Carolina A&T but lost to Davidson to move to 6-5 overall with a 279 RPI.
In women's hoop, the Sun Devils defeated rival Arizona to improve to 11-1 overall with a 12 RPI. Sophomore guard Danielle Orsillo was named as the conference's player of the week.
Oregon lost to BYU in the Las Vegas Bowl, 38-8, to finish their season at 7-6.
In men's hoop, the Ducks beat Mercer to remain undefeated at 11-0 overall with a 25 RPI.
In women's hoop, Oregon beat WSU but lost to Washington to move to 8-3 overall and 1-1 in conference play with a 79 RPI.
In men's hoop, Wazzu defeated San Diego State to improve to 11-1 overall with a 53 RPI.
In women's hoop, the Cougars beat Oregon State but lost to Oregon to move to 5-7 overall and 1-1 in conference play with a 242 RPI.
In men's hoop, California lost to DePaul to drop to 8-4 overall with a 47 RPI. DeVon Hardin will miss at least two months due to a stress fracture in his foot.
In women's hoop, the Bears lost to UCLA but beat USC to move to 9-2 overall and 1-1 in conference play with an 18 RPI.
In men's hoop, Washington beat LSU and Weber State to improve to 10-1 overall with a 44 RPI. Freshman center Spencer Hawes was name as the conference's player of the week.
In women's hoop, Washington swept Oregon and OSU to improve to 9-4 overall and 2-0 in conference play with a 28 RPI.
In men's hoop, the Trojans lost to Kansas State but beat Wichita State to move to 10-3 overall with an 85 RPI.
In women's hoop, the Women of Troy were swept by Stanford and California to drop to 6-6 overall and 0-2 in conference play with a 110 RPI.
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