Obinna Oleka had 27 points and 13 rebounds, and Arizona State dominated in overtime to beat Stanford 98-88 Wednesday in the opening game of the Pac-12 Tournament. "I feel proud of myself", Brooks said. But Stanford, led by junior Michael Humphrey - a Sunnyslope High grad - chipped away at the lead for the rest of regulation, outscoring ASU 23-11. This was certainly far from a ideal performance, but it was a win, Cal's 20th of the season.
Arizona would maintain their 10 point lead for most of the second half but they still had a hard time controlling White. Both the Washington State game versus Stanford and the Washington versus OR, 9,686 people filled the very narrow Key Arena seats. Three of the last six were decided by five points or fewer.
UCLA shot 51 percent from the floor in those two games combined, while USC shot just 37 percent.
"That was a great play by (Kingsley Okoroh) because he threw the pass to me", said Bird. "Just made big plays for us". The victory improved Cal's chance for an NCAA Tournament bid.
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Colorado coach Tad Boyle said that he and Arizona coach Sean Miller joked recently that there could be the case they'd face one another in the Pac-12 tournament for the fifth time in six years. The Ducks cruised in the second half after a sluggish start, 80-57. "But he has to shoot those balls".
When it fell behind by 10 points with three minutes until halftime, Coach Andy Enfield stormed to center court to protest a call by one of the officials. The 10 points represent Domingo's highest point total since November.
"He's just so crafty with the ball", Bell said. The Bears' 76-46 victory over Oregon State on February 24 was their largest margin of victory this season. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images "We are very locked in", Brooks said emphatically. Oregon's win over rival Oregon State this past Saturday secured a No. 1 spot in this tourney, making sure neither UCLA or Arizona would be in their side of the bracket. On the season, the Wildcats finished with a 15-14 record against the spread. While the Beavers did not shoot well themselves, only 28.6 percent, they did a good job at keeping the Ducks offense down for most of the first half.
Now Cal turns its attention to Thursday's quarterfinal matchup against Utah. For both teams there will be a lot at stake in that third game. The Cardinal will finish their season on a four-game losing streak as they now look toward their first full offseason under Jerod Haase.
"I've seen some nutty stuff happen in the postseason", Tinkle said, hopefully. "Sweep it under the rug, watch that film in June and July". Due to their separation from the rest of the country, West Coast teams are more likely to feel the impact of geography, either favorable or unfavorable. "I think they started out 1-for-14 to start the second half and gave us a little separation". USC stormed back again for a 78-73 victory at T-Mobile Arena on Wednesday evening. This is the game Utah fans should be tuned into because the victor of this game faces the No. 4 seeded Utah Runnin' Utes in the next round.