Three teams have big shot to end Pac-12 Final Four drought

Pac-12 Tournament: It's Oregon, UCLA and Arizona — and nobody else

The reason I'm leaning towards UCLA is because I believe they have the best player in not only the PAC 12, but the entire country, in Lonzo Ball.

He also talked about the desire of Arizona to stay out West for the NCAA tournament to have a feeling of being more at home.

OR crushed Arizona State 80-57 as a 15.5-point favorite in the team's opening game of the Pac-12 tournament and then came back last night to beat Cal 73-65 as an 8.5-point favorite.

This isn't the same Wildcats team as the one that got run off the floor in Eugene. "Felt like we were playing with a 15-pound-weight vest on our backs". "For that to happen is insane, but we have got to find a way". The Wildcats survived a 31-point onslaught from Colorado's Derrick White in the quarterfinals, stifled UCLA's prolific offense in the semifinals and survived Oregon's ferocious comeback bid in the title game.

The Ducks gained a little separation to start the second half, opening with an 8-2 run. The rest of ASU's usual 3-point attack - guards Tra Holder, Shannon Evans and Kodi Justice - went 2 of 13 from behind the arc for the game.

The Utes beat Cal by 30 on March 2, putting a dent in their NCAA Tournament hopes.

"What was going through my mind was everyday I'm in the gym and work on my game and I have a tremendous amount of work ethic and preparation that goes into to being able to do what I do", Trier said. "But overall I think we did a great job today". The usual reliable Lauri Markkanen missed a couple of free throws and that threw Wildcat Nation into anxious state of mind. On the contrary, Arizona came out of the half ready to route the Buffs as they started the half with a 12-0 run.

UCLA led by at least 13 points in each half, but USC (24-9) battled back to cut the Bruins' cushion to two points by halftime and to just one point late in the second half. Ahmad was fouled during a mad scramble for a rebound moments later, and he clanked his first free throw before making his second.

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UCLA was dismissed in delightful fashion as UA avenged a loss from two weeks ago. "You can't let that happen".

Why they'll win it " The Utes shoot better than nearly anyone in the country, and they have one of the better rebounding units in the Pac-12. Teammate Tyler Dorsey was also named to the All-Tournament team after having his third straight stellar game, posting 23 points for the Ducks.

Trailing 74-69 with 2:08 to play, USC got to the free throw line and Metu made a pair of free throws. UCLA had a free throw opportunity at the other end but missed.

Time after time, it was Trier disappointing, because he wore sweatpants and I had the occasional thought of "oh look, Zo got some new kicks".

ABOUT ARIZONA (27-4): Lauri Markkanen is the player the Wildcats need to be concerned about.

Arizona State's season is over.

Earlier in the day, the Ducks learned that forward Chris Boucher will miss the remainder of the season. The Trojans took their first lead early in the second half on consecutive dunks by Metu.

Of course, the real reward would come if they make the Final Four at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, an easy drive from Tucson. "But (we) just didn't have quite the same pop in the second half, and our defense didn't help".

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