This week’s guest – a favorite – has long been associated with the Pac-12 Conference. Sarah Kezele grew up in Arizona, attended its finest university, and worked at the Conference’s main offices before helping to launch its network. Then she worked for Arizona’s biggest newspaper, the Arizona Republic (which I was once featured on the Sports Section’s cover page, NBD), and has now moved to be Campus Insider’s WCC correspondent. Sarah joins the podcast formerly known as WANE (we are not experts) as a clear expert. She’s really the best.
What’s unique to this podcast, however, is it’s Valentine’s Day theme. Spencer and I are both single and the closest to a gift we’ll receive is an Arizona sweep of the LA schools. The closest to a gift we’ll give is this podcast, to you, with Valentine analogies for every Pac-12 team.
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On this day of St. Valentine I have neither brilliance or wit for you. I’m simply going to rampage through bullet points of facts surrounding tonight’s Arizona- Arizona State game. Hooray love because I espouse lots of it in the subsequent bullets (a fitting organizational tool for such a game):
- 95/110, 98/115 – These are the offensive efficiency numbers for Carrick Felix and Jermaine Marshall in their season without then with Jahii Carson
- 2/14/1912 – Arizona becomes a state! The belief is that the name Arizona was derived from the O’odaham name alĭ ṣonak which meant “little spring.” This subsequently was Major League Baseball’s rationale for moving Spring Training to the Valentine State.
- 36%/4.6/4.3/0/3 – That is Jordan Bachynski’s FG%, ppg, rpg, apg, and bpg against Kaleb Tarczewski. His normal numbers in the last two seasons? 59%, 10.7ppg, 7.2rpg, 0.3apg, 3.8bpg. Kaleb might own somebody?
- Local Talent – Both Nick Johnson and Jahii Carson are from Phoenix. They grew up playing there together. They’ve faced off just once in Tempe. Johnson scored 19 points, Carson scored 22, and the Wildcats won by 17.
- +55 – Point differential in Arizona’s favor across the last three Territorial Cup games
- 2-7 – Herb Sendek’s record against Arizona since Sean Miller became the coach in Tucson
- 13 vs 9 – ASU has more all-time tournament wins (13) than Arizona has Sweet-16 wins (9).
- This –
On February 14, 1912, the territory known as “Arizona” was signed into statehood thus completing the continental United States. Happy Birthday, home state.
As it were, the University of the Valentine State, has a good basketball team headed to Colorado (an August baby) and I’ve taken a growing interest in this kitty corner rivalry. Because here I am: on a gracious couch in Denver awaiting a bus to Boulder for a raucous evening of fandom.
Get up to date with the funtivities and other things around the Pac:
And if you’re looking for the specific goings on in Boulder:
- A letter of purpose to Buffs Nation. Just making sure everyone knows
- Got to talking all things Pac-12 with the guys at Addicted to Quack
- Perhaps getting away from McKale is a good thing?
- When Ben asks you questions on his CU hoops blog, you answer them
- What is this Keg place?
Whether you read any of that or not, just be sure to call your Grandma today.