Since 2006, Pac-12 teams are 10-6 in the West Regional semifinals and finals and 1-11 in other regional semifinals or finals.
Dillon Brooks scored 22 points, Tyler Dorsey added 21 and No. 5 OR pulled away in the second half to beat Arizona State 80-57 Thursday in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament.
"Let me tell you, they're a tough out", Arizona coach Sean Miller said of Colorado. Arizona may grab a No. 1 or No. 2 seed with their victory. That set up transition baskets and allowed the Ducks to pull away from the eighth-seeded Sun Devils. Senior guard Dylan Ennis finished with 16 points, while junior forward Jordan Bell added six points and 15 rebounds. "I mean, I don't think we had the picture painted like this. I'm proud and excited he got the trophy and I know the team is also".
The Ducks struggled in the first half before rallying in a dazzling second half by both teams.
The co-Pac-12 champions shot 56 percent, made 10 3-pointers and held almost everyone except Derrick White in check on defense.
"We're fortunate to move on", Altman said. UCLA couldn't buy a bucket but just kept hoisting them up. "I just try to help the young guys prepare themselves for next year".
In front of yet another sold-out crowd at T-Mobile Arena in Sin City, No. 2 seed Arizona edged top seed OR, 83-80, in the Pac-12 Tournament title game on Saturday night.
The first game featured fifth-seeded UC Berkeley against number one seed Oregon. Brooks and Tyler Dorsey scored on layups, the latter on a break, and at 5:53, the Ducks were back ahead 66-52. But Arizona is a much better team now and worthy of a No. 1 seed.More news: Pujara drives India after Jadeja six
Brooks had 11 for OR, which led 34-31 at halftime.
He played for 12 minutes in the second half.
Arizona continued to hit shots as UCLA continued to clank, stretching the lead to 63-48 as the decibel level in T-Mobile Arena continued to rise. The Wildcats were better defensively while building a 14-point lead and shot 58 percent to hold off Oregon's second-half charge.
"Yeah, we need to have more balance", Boyle said. There's a good chance the first few days of this tournament are boring, but we could get power-on-power at the end.
The Buffaloes cut it to nine after that, but got no closer, sending the Wildcats off the semifinals and possibly a high seed in the NCAA Tournament next week. The Canadian scored 23 points while making seven of eight shots - five from beyond the arc.
Alford made both his free throw shots with 13 seconds to play, giving UCLA a 76-71 advantage. Their 13-game losing streak is the longest in school history by four games, and their single-digit victory total (9-22) is their first since winning only five games in the 1993-94 season. Despite White's doing everything in his power, Arizona built back their lead and spent the rest of the half extending it. Colorado lost 92-78, which eliminates them from the Pac-12 Tournament and ends their NCAA Tournament dreams. He recorded eight huge points off the bench on 3-for-4 shooting.
Oregon State should be in good shape headed into next season with a young roster that loses only backup center Cheikh N'diaye. When Cal coach Cuonzo Martin was asked Friday about the toughest part of facing OR on a short turnaround, he specifically mentioned Boucher and the matchup challenge he presented.