Buffs drop quarterfinal decision to Arizona in Pac-12 tournament

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The Ducks were co-champions of the Pac-12 with Arizona, earning the No. 1 seed in the tourney with their victory over the Wildcats in their lone meeting.

But, out of the three-man race for a conference title, it really could be any of the top-10 teams that are vying for the spot. At one point, an Arizona fan sitting behind me said, "keep shooting Steph!" in regards to his father's comments claiming Ball is better than Stephen Curry.

And those nine are not good: The middle of the Pac-12 is soft and the bottom is weak. Once these Bruins fell behind by double digits Friday, they forgot to pass, forgot about each other and began relying only on themselves, just like last season's bad old days. They finished with a 27-4 record overall and a 16-2 mark in the Pac-12.

The usual suspects Lauri Markkanen and Allonzo Trier shot 7-for-14 from three-point range so the script was flipped and the holy UCLA offense was left running around trying to make defensive plays, but Arizona didn't let up-not even a little bit.

Third-seeded UCLA (29-4) entered the game averaging a nation-best 91 points per game and 52 percent shooting, but shot only 40 percent, including 16 percent from beyond the arc. Ironically, they are also the no.3 ranked team in the entire country.

Since the beginning of December, the Southern Methodist Mustangs have been on one heck of a run.

#2 Villanova 55, Seton Hall 53: Josh Hart scored 19 points, including the game-winning basket with 9.6 seconds to play, to propel the Wildcats (30-3) into the Big East tournament final in NY.

Per the usual, senior guard Derrick White shined for the Buffalo offense, as he finished with 31 points, six rebounds and five assists.

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The Cavaliers (21-9) would get the victor of another first-round game, Georgia Tech (17-14) and Pittsburgh (15-16). He also reached double figures in both games, notching 14 against Boston College and 11 against Louisville.

I can not stress this enough - the Ducks need Dorsey if they are going to make a deep run in the NCAA tournament. Arizona has had a 15-game winning streak.

The Ducks built their lead to 49-37 after going on a 9-0 run that included four points by Ennis. The Trojans only lost eight games in the regular season, all in league play, and have great wins against UCLA and Arizona. It's a single-elimination event, like all conference tournaments.

The Oregon Ducks and Arizona Wildcats meet Saturday in the college basketball Pac-12 Championship at the T-Mobile Arena.

The final 4 minutes were all Ducks as the Sun Devils had no fight left in them to defend much or incentive to take anything but 3-pointers. OR was an 8- to 9-point favorite, and when Brooks missed a free throw with two seconds to go, the Ducks' lead stayed at eight. They will play against the victor of California vs. OR - a game that will precede the Bruins' next contest.

It has been a busy week for the Purdue Boilermakers.

The late game showcased two-seed Arizona and three-seed UCLA in yet another Revenge Tour (thank you, Nirya!) match up. This helped him become UCLA's all-time leading three-point scorer. But the Ducks always seem to get it done with their combination of experience and ability to create mismatches, having won eight in a row since their 82-79 loss at UCLA on February 9.

Purdue's Caleb Swanigan is The Associated Press player of the year in the Big Ten Conference and Minnesota's Richard Pitino is its coach of the year. He averaged 18.6 points and 12.6 rebounds per game.

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