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Passing the torch

LOS ANGELES – Not every school brought a quarterback to Pac-12 media days, but those that did not were immediately suspect. Over two days in Southern California the league’s coaches and a smattering of its best players gushed about the Pac-12’s quality and quantity at the most important position in football. Only Arizona and Washington do not return a starting quarterback from last season, and of the returnees only Colorado’s Sefo Liufau and Utah’s Travis Wilson weren’t chosen to represent their schools at the conference’s Hollywood powwow.

In brief: Gonzaga will play home-and-home series vs. UCLA and Arizona

College basketball: Gonzaga continues to add marquee opponents to its nonconference men’s basketball schedule. The Zags announced home-and-home agreements with UCLA and Arizona. GU will face the Bruins in Pauley Pavilion on Dec. 13 with the rematch tentatively set for Dec. 12, 2015, at the McCarthey Athletic Center. The Bulldogs will visit Arizona in Tucson on Dec. 6. No date has been set for the return game in Spokane.

Pac-12 roundup: UCLA rolls over Stanford in semifinal

LAS VEGAS – Norman Powell scored 22 points, Travis Wear added 16 and UCLA started its rout of Stanford early, rolling over the Cardinal 84-59 in the Pac-12 semifinals on Friday night. Coming off a rout in the quarterfinals, UCLA (25-8) started another one by building a 12-point lead in the opening four minutes. The Bruins kept making shots and kept building the lead, racing off to today’s championship game against fourth-ranked and top-seeded Arizona.

UCLA rolls over Oregon, into Pac-12 semifinals

LAS VEGAS – UCLA ended the regular season with a thud, losing to a team that had won two of its previous 17 games. After a few days to rest and reflect, the Bruins took out their frustrations on Oregon.

An upset special

PULLMAN – It was a pair of freshmen that sent Washington State’s seniors off in style Saturday night. In the final game of the regular season the Cougars upended the conference’s second-best team, playing their best game of the season and beating UCLA 73-55. Not even a halftime dunk contest by members of the WSU football team could pull focus from the struggling basketball team on Saturday night, which gave D.J. Shelton and Will DiIorio a Senior Night to remember in their final game at Beasley Coliseum.

UCLA beat Huskies to lock up No. 2 seed in Pac-12 tournament

SEATTLE – Jordan Adams scored a career-high 31 points, fighting through apparent leg cramps in the second half, and UCLA wrapped up the No. 2 seed in next week’s Pac-12 Conference tournament with a 91-82 win over Washington on Thursday night. Adams scored 16 points in the first 12-plus minutes of the second half before having to sit with his legs appearing to cramp.

Four corners: Washington State Cougars

COMING UP: Tonight vs. USC, 8 (ESPNU); Saturday vs. UCLA, 8 p.m. (Fox Sports 1) OUTLOOK: Barring an eyebrow-raising upset by either Southern California or Washington State on Saturday, today’s matchup between the Pac-12’s two last-place teams will decide the conference’s basement. Washington State is favored by 7 points against the only school with fewer Pac-12 wins. Against USC, the Cougars face their first conference opponent with a poorer scoring margin. No other Pac-12 school has a negative one, but USC is outscored by 5.3 points on average. Washington State is at 5.1. Byron Wesley leads the Trojans with 17 points per game and 6.6 rebounds per game.

Pac-12 roundup: Huskies end road skid

C.J. Wilcox had 23 points to help Washington snap a seven-game losing streak on the road with an 86-62 win over Oregon State Saturday in Corvallis, Ore. Wilcox, who had been in single digits the last two games, moved in front of Jon Brockman for second on the Huskies’ all-time career points list with 1,814.

Pac-12 roundup: Arizona State holds off Oregon

Jordan Bachynski had a career-high 26 points and blocked Joseph Young’s reverse layup at the buzzer, helping Arizona State hold off hard-charging Oregon 74-72 on Saturday in Tempe, Ariz. Arizona State dominated the first half, building a 20-point lead while the Ducks flailed at both ends.

Pac-12 roundup: Bruins bounce Buffaloes

Norman Powell matched his season high with 19 points and No. 25 UCLA pulled away in the second half to beat No. 21 Colorado 69-56 Thursday night in Boulder, Colo., handing the Buffaloes their first home loss of the season. Jordan Adams had 14 points and 13 rebounds, and David Wear added 13 points for UCLA (14-3, 3-1), which has won consecutive games since a narrow loss to top-ranked Arizona a week ago.

Ex-UCLA safety enrolls at EWU

Tevin McDonald, a two-year starter at safety at UCLA, has transferred to Eastern Washington University to play football for the Eagles, the school confirmed Tuesday afternoon.

UCLA routs Washington State

Shabazz Muhammad scored 12 of his 17 points in the first half, when UCLA took control on its way to routing Washington State 76-62 on Saturday night for the Bruins’ second straight victory overall and seventh in a row over the Cougars.

Cougars focus on Bruins after another frustrating defeat

LOS ANGELES – They boarded a bus back to their hotel late Thursday night, not all that long before it turned Friday morning. Roughly 10 hours later, the Washington State Cougars were back on a bus, then back on the court, this time at Pauley Pavilion to prepare for tonight’s game at UCLA.

Cougars focus on Bruins after another frustrating defeat

Memories of Thursday’s 72-68 loss at USC were still fresh in their minds, no doubt. But coach Ken Bone said it appeared everyone at Friday’s practice was eager to simply move on and start thinking about the Bruins.

Pac-12 basketball on its way up

The jokesters chose different forms of delivery, but the content of the punch line was consistent throughout college basketball’s 2011-12 season. The Pac-12, quite simply, wasn’t very good. Not at the top, not in the middle. Don’t even mention the bottom.

Williams, Ratliff pick up the slack

PULLMAN – Dominique Williams, for one, didn’t seem too affected by the absence of departed receiver Marquess Wilson on Saturday. Neither did Bobby Ratliff.

It will be a cold day in Pullman

PULLMAN – As cold- weather games go, tonight will be nothing for Washington State linebackers coach Jeff Choate. The St. Maries, Idaho, native grew up in the region. And he played college football at Western Montana, where temperatures near or below the zero-degree mark for November games weren’t all that unusual.

Bruins downplay win over Huskers

UCLA kept its raucous celebration in the locker room, with only a few tweeted photos providing any evidence. By the time the Bruins emerged from their Rose Bowl party following their 36-30 victory over Nebraska on Saturday night, they were all business again, insisting it was just another victory. “It’s only one more win, that’s it,” defensive end Datone Jones said.

Big second half propels Illini to win over Bruins

SAN FRANCISCO – Terry Hawthorne returned an interception 39 yards for Illinois’ first touchdown late in the third quarter and the Illini snapped a six-game losing streak by beating UCLA 20-14 on Saturday in the Fight Hunger Bowl. Nathan Scheelhaase added a 60-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Jenkins midway through the fourth quarter to seal the first victory for Illinois (7-6) since beating Indiana on Oct. 8.