Tourney cranks into the semifinals
FROM LAS VEGAS — There are no Washington State teams playing here anymore, though we still had a busy day yesterday at the WAC and Pac-12 tournaments. Read on for links and such from a crazy day.
It would have been difficult for the Pac-12 to script a better slate of games than the four that were played yesterday. Each were decided in the final minutes (heck, final seconds, in some cases), and two of them went to overtime. Plus, a near-capacity crowd watched as Arizona held off Colorado (and then they all left at exactly the same time, bogging down foot traffic throughout the MGM Grand and clogging up the lines at all of the various eateries). … We covered the nightcap between Washington and Oregon, which was won by the Ducks, 80-77, in overtime. The Utah-California game went to overtime right before it, which forced the Huskies and Ducks into an 8:57 p.m. start time, which forced our story out of the first edition of the newspaper. … Like the Cougars, the Huskies had trouble finishing this season, and are now likely headed to the NIT. … Here's a story from the Oregon side. … Howie Stalwick speculates about Ken Bone's future.
In other action yesterday …
UCLA 80, Arizona State 75 — The Sun Devils led at halftime and had their chances to win, but the Bruins finally got tough (imagine that) and advanced to today's semifinal against Arizona despite their awful, awful uniforms. Jahii Carson sounds like he's unsure if he'll return to ASU next season.
Arizona 79, Colorado 69 — The Buffaloes came back and made it interesting, but Arizona eventually pulled away in front of a loud, pro-Wildcats crowd. Colorado is hoping not to get snubbed by the NCAA selection committee this time around. Jordin Mayes came up big for Arizona.
Utah 79, California 69 (OT) — Jarred DuBois made a step-back 3-pointer to send this one to overtime, and the Utes cruised from there. Cal is left to hope that it's done enough to earn an at-large bid. It will be an interesting matchup this afternoon between the Utes and Ducks.
Today's games …
No. 1 UCLA vs. No. 4 Arizona, 6 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)
No. 3 Oregon vs. No. 10 Utah, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
I'll be back at the Orleans Arena this afternoon for the Idaho women and their 12 p.m. tip against Utah State in the WAC tournament semifinals.