A bit from all hoop worlds, of course

ESPN’s Graham Hays previews this week’s significant college matchups.

Two items from leftcoasthoops….New West coast power rankings for this week, and Cal’s beating by Stanford yesterday might come down to one thing:

This is a team in need of leadership, but Boyle said the personalities aren’t there.

Her players, she said, “haven’t grabbed it yet.”

“They just need to go. No seniors are just going to appear for us. They need to decide they are going to (lead),” Boyle said. “When you are young, I think you always look to defer to older kids. There is no deferring. It’s them. It’s a group of freshmen and sophomores that are going to have to decide if they are going to do it together.”

That’s heavy.

Analysis of USC’s performance yesterday in beating Washington.

Remember Michelle Marciniak? The former pro player and assistant college coach has teamed with her former boss and is now running a business.

The last Southern California winter basketball tournament before regular season play is the Fairfax Tournament, at Fairfax High School, and it starts this week. Here’s the schedule for the next two days:

Jan. 3

Fairfax vs. San Fernando, 1:30 p.m.
Garfield vs. Panorama, 12 p.m.
Huntington Park vs. Marshall (Los Angeles), 4:30 p.m.
View Park Prep vs. Grant, 3 p.m.

Jan. 4

L.A.C.E.S. vs. Poly (Sun Valley), 1:30 p.m.
Crenshaw vs. King-Drew, 12 p.m.
Wilson vs. Roosevelt, 10:30 a.m.
Narbonne vs. University (Los Angeles), 3 p.m.