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March 4, 2012 at 5:47 AM

Video: UW falls in final minutes to UCLA

Thanks to Patrick Blair for the highlights from Washington’s 75-69 defeat to UCLA.
Admittedly I went straight to the Huskies’ final play and watched it several times. I’m still in Los Angeles and It’s the first time I’ve had a chance to see how things unfolded.
Initially Darnell Gant was at peace with his decision to take the last-second three-pointer, but after his post-game interviews he sent a tweet that suggests he should have passed to Terrence Ross on the right wing.

Personally I believe Gant did the right thing in that situation. He’s a senior. He’s earned the right to take that shot. Granted he was 1 for 6 and 0 for 2 behind the arc before the shot, but if you’re on the court at that moment you can’t think about those things. It’s better for him to shoot the ball with confidence than commit a turnover or freeze with indecison.
If you want to nit-pick, you could suggest Gant should have pump-faked the three to get Tyler Lamb in the air and then pass to Ross. He made a similar move minutes earlier that gave Abdul Gaddy an open look at a three-pointer.
Otherwise the play was executed properly. The Huskies intended to run as much clock as possible because they expected to score and didn’t want to leave time for UCLA. (Remember the Marquette game?)
There’s still several items that will be decided this afternoon on the last day of the Pac-12 regular-season.
Obviously the attention shifts to Maples Pavilion where California plays Stanford at 2:30 p.m. on FSN. If the Golden Bears win, then they’ll share the conference crown with Washington. A Cal defeat gives the Huskies their second outright championship since 1953.
Also I believe the league’s top postseason awards will be determined by the Cal-Stanford game. In my mind, Romar lost a chance to seal the Coach of the Year award following the defeat at UCLA. In addition, Tony Wroten Jr. and Ross are no longer locks to win the Player of the Year award. If Cal wins, coach Mike Montgomery and senior guard Jorge Gutierrez should merit strong consideration.
In regards to next week’s Pac-12 Tournament, all of the spots have been filled with the exception of the No. 1 and 2 seeds. Here’s a look at the bracket.
WEDNESDAY’S GAMES:
Game 1: No. 8 Washington State (15-15, 7-11) vs. No. 9 Oregon State (17-13, 7-11), noon
Game 2: No. 5 UCLA (18-13, 11-7) vs. No. 12 USC (6-25, 1-17), 2:30 p.m.
Game 3: No. 7 Stanford (19-10, 9-8) vs. No. 10 Arizona State (9-20, 5-12), 6 p.m.
Game 4: No. 6 Colorado (19-11, 11-7) vs. No. 11 Utah (6-24, 3-15), 8:30 p.m.
THURSDAY’S QUARTERFINALS:
Game 5: No. 8/9 vs. No. 1 Washington (21-9, 14-4) or California (23-7, 13-4), noon
Game 6: No. 5/12 vs. No. 4 Arizona (22-9, 13-5), 2:30 p.m.
Game 7: No. 7/10 vs. No. 2 UW or Cal, 6 p.m.
Game 8: No. 6/11 vs. No. 3 Oregon (22-8, 13-5), 8:30 p.m.
FRIDAY’S SEMIFINALS:
Game 9: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 6 p.m.
Game 10: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner, 8:30 p.m.
SATURDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME:
Game 11: Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner, 3:15 p.m.
CBS will televise the final and every other game will be shown on FSN.


AROUND THE PAC-12:
— Here’s the Washington-UCLA game stories from the News Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Orange County Register, Associated Press and GoHuskies.com.
— Oregon finished on a high note following a 94-48 victory. Devoe Joseph scored 21 points and Oregon made 15 three-pointers. The Ducks led 34-2 after the first 13 minutes and 54-13 at halftime.
— The Utah defeat was the worst loss in school history topping a 60-16 setback to Denver A.C., on Dec. 14, 1934. Jason Washburn scored 26 to lead the Utes, who went 0-12 on the road this season.
— Oregon State finished the regular-season with consecutive wins and surges into the conference tournament with confidence following an 83-69 win over Colorado. Ahmad Starks scored all 18 of his points in the second half — including 11 straight — and the Beavers clinched just their second winning season in 22 years. Jared Cunningham added 15 points and wrapped up the Pac-12 scoring title.
— Colorado is reeling heading into the postseason. The Buffaloes now have been blown out in three of their last four games.
Brock Motum scored 27 points to lead Washington State to a 43-38 win over USC. Motum finished second in the Pac-12 scoring race.
— USC lost for the ninth straight time, but the Trojans are happy they get another chance at their rival USC in the Pac-12 Tournament.
— California is playing for a share of the Pac-12 title and a first-place seed to next week’s conference tourney. Montgomery told the San Francisco Chronicle: “We have a chance to finish first. To me, that’s always been a big deal.”
— Arizona State doesn’t have much incentive heading into today’s regular-season finale against cross-state rival Arizona.
Nice story on Arizona freshman Nick Johnson.

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