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Last week four Pac-10 teams were preparing for the NCAA tournament. Today only one remains: Arizona.
Derrick Williams’ last-second heroics in the past two games have carried the Wildcats to the Sweet 16.
The sophomore star scored a team-high 17 points and made the game-winning play yet again Sunday. He converted a difficult layup despite being fouled that tied the game. Then he sank the ensuing free throw, which proved to be the difference in the 70-69 victory over Texas in the NCAA tournament’s third round.
Still Arizona won this game because Solomon Hill finished with 16 points and eight rebounds and freshman guard Jordin Mayes converted all four of his three-pointers en route to 16 points.
Of course there was controversy. It seems like every tournament game has some kind of late-game controversy.
This time it involved a questionable five-second violation against Texas.
The Pac-10 has a 4-3 record in the tournament. Arizona is 2-0, Washington and UCLA were 1-1 and USC 0-1.
AROUND THE PAC-10:
— There’s more fallout about the referees who failed to give Washington more time after Venoy Overton’s half-court heave.
— Washington State takes on Oklahoma State tonight in the second round of the National Invitational Tournament. The Cowboys had a 1-9 road record this season and they travel to Pullman for the game at Beasley Coliseum.
— Oregon faces Duquesne tonight at Matt Arena in the quarterfinals of the College Basketball Invitational.
— UCLA could be a powerhouse next season if three of its all-conference picks return next season. Tyler Honeycutt is the most likely to leave. Malcolm Lee’s knee injury will affect his decision and Reeves Nelson is leaning to stay. It also appears as if Joshua Smith, the former Kentwood High star, will return.
— In case you missed it, the Los Angeles Times wrote a story about USC’s Nikola Vucevic who has yet to decide if he’s going to come back for his senior season.
**CORRECTED: 9:09 a.m.***
March 21, 2011 at 7:21 AM
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