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March 2, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Friday links: Romar on UCLA troubles

Just one game remains in the Pac-12 regular-season. There’s still a lot to be decided, but this much we know: Washington will finish the year with at least a share of the conference championship.
It’s the fourth title for the Huskies since the start of the conference in the 1968-69 season. They shared the title 1984 and ’85 and won it outright in 2009.
Washington (20-8, 14-3) and California (23-7, 13-4) have wrapped up a first-round bye in next week’s Pac-12 Tournament.
Here’s a look at the three teams still contending for a first-round bye and their remaining games.
Oregon ………………. 12-5 (21-8) ….. Utah
Arizona ……………….. 12-5 (21-9) ….. Arizona State
Colorado …………….. 11-6 (19-10) ….. Oregon State
Home games in bold
— According to, the Huskies are No. 50 in the RPI following the win. Still California is 37 and Oregon 46. Arizona is 73 and Colorado 75.
Lorenzo Romar didn’t seal the Coach of the Year award, but in my opinion Colorado’s Tad Boyle lost it after last night’s defeat at Oregon. Before Thursday, I might have given him the award. But not anymore. I’ve been suspicious of the Buffaloes and their inability to beat a marginally competent team on the road. Romar’s only challengers at this point are Oregon’s Dana Altman and Cal’s Mike Montgomery.
— The Player of the Year race is a complicated as ever. Tony Wroten Jr. might have made things easy had he dropped 20 points in the final two games. Terrence Ross deserves very serious consideration. If the Huskies win the outright title, you’d be hard pressed not to give the award to either Wroten or Ross. They’re going to split the votes among the 11 coaches (Romar can’t vote for his guys) and it would be interesting to say the least if an outside candidate nabs the award.
(What did you think about the SI report on UCLA?) “It’s always tough when something like that comes out on any program. I’m in a situation – we’re in a situation – where we try to keep everything going in our program much less worry about someone else.”
(Considering your connection to UCLA, do you see a long-term fallout?) “I won’t mention any names – you can probably figure it out – but when I was 11 years old something broke out about UCLA and I couldn’t believe it. I was 11 years old kid (thinking) wow and why would they do something like that? I’m sure they will do what’s necessary and get things on the right track. They responded on the court pretty good.”
(Do you think it will play any role Saturday?) “The only part I see it playing is if they come out and win by 30 like they did against Wazzu. I hope it doesn’t play that part. Obviously they must have been ready to go. We’ll see.”

— Washington jumped out to a 13-4 lead after four minutes and never looked back in its 80-58 dismantling of USC. Ross led the Huskies with 18 points.
— Here’s the game stories from the Associated Press, News Tribune and
— UCLA looked oblivious to the storm swirling around the program and destroyed Washington State 78-46 in a rout. Coach Ben Howland told the Los Angeles Times: “It was time for us to move forward.” Lazeric Jones scored 18 points and Tyler Lamb added 16. It was a masterful performance from the Bruins who shot 11-16 on three-pointers, had 26 assists on 32 baskets and 22 points from turnovers.
— Good line from the Daily News about the UCLA game: “Two days of turmoil gave way to two hours of tranquility.”
UCLA alums react to the troubles at Westwood.
Brock Motum scored 18 points for Washington State (14-15, 6-11), which lost for the fourth time in five games. Senior forward Abe Lodwick told the Spokesman-Review: “”We took many steps backward today.”
— Oregon appears to have secured a first-round bye in the Pac-12 Tournament after a 90-81 win over Colorado. The Ducks received 24 points from Devoe Joseph and Garrett Sim added 19.
— Joseph has emerged as a POY candidate and told the Oregonian: “When it comes to March, you gotta step up and make the clutch shots. In March, you’ve always gotta be feeling it.”
— The Ducks were forced to use a small lineup because Olu Ashaolu got into foul trouble.
Carlon Brown scored 20 points for Colorado and after the crushing defeat coach Tad Boyle did not give up hopes of making the NCAA tournament. To get there, the Buffaloes will need to win next week’s Pac-12 Tournament.
Jared Cunningham had 17 points and six assists, Joe Burton added 13 points and seven rebounds, and Oregon State snapped a five-game losing streak with a 77-67 win over Utah.

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