Thursday, March 09, 2017

Pac-12 Tournament: Ducks, Cal (Oregon's Next Opponent), Zona, Bruins Advance To Semifinals

The quarterfinal round of the Pacific-12 Conference Men's Basketball Tournament took place on Thursday with four games contested at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada.

Game #1:

Dillon Brooks scored 22 points while Tyler Dorsey added 21 as the top-seeded Oregon Ducks (28-4; #5 in both the Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches polls) broke open what was a tight game at halftime and extinguished the eighth-seeded Arizona Sun Devils (15-18) 80-57.

Torian Graham topped the Sun Devils a career-high 32 points, more than half the Arizona State total.

Game #2:

Jabari Bird scored 26 points and connected on a key three-oint play with 14 seconds remaining as the fifth-seeded California Golden Bears (21-11) may have revived their NCAA tourney chances after knocking off fourth-seeded Utah (20-11) 78-75.  Charlie Moore added 21 points to the Bears' coffers.

Kyle Kuzma paced the Runnin' Utes with 23 points.

Game #3:
Lauri Markkanen scored 20 points while Allonzo Trier added 19 as the second-seeded Arizona Wildcats (28-4; #7 in both the AP and Coaches polls) defeated the seventh-seeded Colorado Buffaloes (19-14) 92-78.

Derrick White paced the Buffs with 31 points while Xavier Johnson added 20.

Game #4:

The third-seeded UCLA Bruins (29-3; #3 in both the AP and Coaches polls), with Isaac Hamilton scoring 22 points, held off  the sixth-seeded Southern California Trojans (24-9) 76-74.

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