Pac-12 heavyweights Arizona, UCLA meet in semifinal battle

Tricia Pearson
March 11, 2017

The Trojans would not be detered however as they slowly clawed their way back trailing by the score of 32-26 with 3:12 left int he first half headed into a UCLA timeout.

No. 3 UCLA, No. 5 OR and No. 7 Arizona each get a bye into the quarterfinals along The Strip, kicking off a stretch of three games in three days for an eventual champion that will have a strong case for the top seed in the West Regional.

Next up, Arizona will play the other Pac-12 regular season co-champion, the No. 5 Oregon Ducks. Although the Buffs tried their hardest to break the Wildcats, they couldn't overcome their mounting ferocity. "Never been prouder of a group of kids". Beyond that, Arizona has Lauri Markkanen. Mullins made all five of his 3-point tries and finished with 23 points.

Although the Bruins led by as much as 12 points, the the Trojans continued to chip at that lead.

"I'm excited that we took a step in the program", Hurley said. "I think everybody just locked in, focused, and we were all ready for it". "He knows how it's true, right?"

Colorado held its own in the first half, playing some effective zone defense and getting crucial stops when they needed to.

Arizona guard Allonzo Trier scored 19 points, while center Dusan Ristic and guard Rawle Alkins added 15 apiece.

Bryce Alford had 15 points against the Wildcats in Tucson, and Lonzo Ball had 11 points, eight assists and five rebounds. McLaughlin converted a three point opportunity on a foul, cutting the deficit to nine points at 46-55. "I'm trying to help my teammates the best I can and contribute and give them something they didn't have for the 19 games I didn't play". There is no such issue with Arizona, which has transformed into the most risky team out West after being riddled with injuries early in the season.

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The loss also broke Arizona's 21-game home court winning streak and dropped them into a tie for OR and, eventually, the No. 2 seed in the Pac-12 tournament because of the Ducks' victory in Eugene in their only meeting this year.

Miller made a point to single out Allen for his high-energy performance, as he was a factor on both ends of the floor.

The Arizona Wildcats have dominated the Pac-12 conference in recent years.

UCLA has six players averaging in double-figure points and entered the tournament as the highest-scoring team in the nation at 91.3 points per game. Brooks has picked up four or more fouls in his last 12 games, and was limited to just 21 minutes on Friday against the Bears because he had four fouls. Rabb converted just one of his first eight field goal attempts, and finished the game 4/12 from the field. With less than a minute to go, UC Berkeley closed the gap to only two points, but last minute scoring by Dylan Ennis gave the Ducks a five point lead.

Thursday night's contest marked the third consecutive season in which UCLA opened its Pac-12 Tournament schedule against USC. Considering Colorado didn't even shoot well - they shot 41% from the field and 20% from the field - this half was great for them in their upset bid.

"We missed a few layups and we missed a follow-up", USC coach Andy Enfield said.

By adjusted efficiency, the Pac-12 was the worst of college basketball's power conferences this year.

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