Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Stanford falls in quarterfinals of Pac-12 tournament

Stanford falls in quarterfinals of Pac-12 tournament

Arizona paired its Pac-12 regular-season title with a conference championship on Saturday night after defeating USC 75-61 at T-Mobile Arena. Colorado and Arizona remain the only two teams to win at least one Pac-12 Tournament game in each season since the league expanded in 2011-12. They did so in the first half outrebounding the Wildcats and failed to get an offensive rebound.

In three tournament games, Ayton averaged 24.7 points, 12.7 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game. Arizona outrebounded the Bruins - with stalwart Thomas Welsh (17 points and 17 rebounds) - by a margin of 10-1 in overtime.

A win on Saturday night would give Arizona its third Pac-12 Tournament title in four years.

On the season, Arizona basketball averages 81.1 points, 36.3 rebounds and 15.5 assists per game.

But know this: Part of what has made this one of Alford's best coaching jobs is the journey UCLA traveled to get here, because while having three players arrested in China for shoplifting days before the season opener might not be the biggest of nightmares for a team - come on, now, college basketball has had some doozies this season - it's definitely among the leaders. This will be the tenth head-to-head matchup between the two programs in Pac-12 Conference Tournament history.

LAS VEGAS - The crowd roared, the dunks followed. The victor will clinch an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, although the Wildcats should already be in the field of 68 regardless of Saturday's outcome. But due to Chimezie Metu and Nick Rakocevic's foul troubles as the game progressed, the Trojans were unable to put both their big men on the floor at the same time to counter Arizona's 7-footers.

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The Buffs held UA star to just 10 points on 4-for-14 shooting, but Allonzo Trier scored 22 for the Wildcats and Dusan Ristic had a 16-point, 11-rebound double-double.

Being only down four, heading into second half, the Wildcats had to feel good about their chances.

USC on the other hand showed more than enough that they also belong to play past the first week of March with a convincing 74-54 win over Oregon. They played well. They played better than us today. The Trojans just had no answer for Ayton. The Trojans have won six of their last seven games and blew away the Oregon Ducks in the semifinals last night. Although Ayton has the size advantage, Metu must use his added experience to make the big man uncomfortable. "Coach told me to face up, see what the defense is giving me and that's what I did".

"That was probably the only thing we talked about (at halftime) - we had zero offensive rebounds", Miller said. "We fought 'till the end". Davis went to the bench with his fourth foul 66 seconds into the second half, preventing the Cardinal from making much of a run. As a team, UCLA is scoring 82.4 points per game on 46.4% shooting from the field, 38.8% from behind the arc and 72.2% from the foul line this season.

Arizona features point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright, a shifty, short guard who has been able to take over for stretches throughout his team's run in Vegas. He was sidelined for two minutes before returning to the court.

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