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March 9, 2012 at 6:10 AM

Friday morning links: Previewing today’s games, reviewing quarterfinal action

One and done. Washington was hoping for an extended stay in Los Angeles, but the top-seeded Huskies returned to Seattle last night after they were bounced out of the Pac-12 Tournament following Thursday’s 86-84 defeat to Oregon State.
Steve Kelley writes: “Champions win these games. With so much riding on the outcome, they find ways to escape danger.”
— Seattle Times photographer Dean Rutz put together a photo gallery and did a great job of capturing the game with an array of shots including a picture of former Sonics star Gary Payton.
— Here’s the game stories in the Spokesman-Review, News Tribune, Register-Guard, Oregonian, Yahoo! Sports and GoHuskies.com.
— Before we get to to the other Pac-12 Tournament games, let’s check in Joe Lunardi. Despite the loss, ESPN’s bracket guru projects the Huskies are among the last four teams who will be included in the 68-team NCAA tournament. Personally I believe that will change and UW will be left out if anyone other than Cal wins the Pac-12 tourney title and the automatic berth to the NCAAs.
— In regards to Washington, Jeff Borzello at CBSsports.com asks: “Would the selection committee really turn down the winner of a traditional power conference that boasts so much talent?”
— The CBSsports.com site has a great tool where you can compare teams’ resumes.
OTHER QUARTERFINAL ACTION:
Arizona 66, UCLA 58: The Wildcats converted 31 of 36 free throws, which has got to be some sort of record in this defensive-minded game. Solomon Hill had 25 points and 10 rebounds, Jesse Perry added 16 points and 12 rebounds and Kyle Fogg scored 13. Each of them contributed at the line. Perry made 12 of 13, Hill 12 of 14 and Fogg 3 of 4. It was a brilliant shooting display and the antithesis of the Washington-Oregon State quarterfinal when both teams combined to shoot 29 of 58. Lazeric Jones scored 17 points and Jerime Anderson had 14 for No. 5 seed UCLA (19-14), which is now hoping for an NIT invitation.
California 77, Stanford 71: Jorge Gutierrez played like the Pac-12 player of the year scoring 19 of his 22 points after halftime to lead the Golden Bears past the Cardinal. It was a little bit of revenge for the Bears after Stanford upset them Sunday to deny Cal a regular-season title. Andrew Zimmermann had a career-high 22 points and seven rebounds for No. 7 seed Cardinal (21-11).
Colorado 63, Oregon 62: So maybe this Pac-12 thing isn’t so difficult after all. Conference newbie Colorado, the No. 5 seed, is one game away from playing for a conference title. The Buffaloes played a March Madness-style of game in the best contest of the tournament. It was thrilling and exhausting. Carlon Brown scored 18, but Andre Roberson, who had 12 points and 10 rebounds, was the star for of the night. He capped Colorado’s scoring with a go-ahead putback with 10 seconds remaining. Still the game wasn’t decided until the final shot. Not exactly sure what coach Dana Altman had in mind for the last play with 4.8 seconds left. But it had to be better than Devoe Joseph dribbling out the clock and throwing up a wild three-pointer while falling out of bounds. He told the Oregonian: “I should have got a better shot than that, and I settled. I should have taken it to (the rim) and been more aggressive, but I didn’t.” Tony Woods led No. 3 seed Oregon (22-9) with a career-high 14 points. Joseph added 12 while missing all seven of his 3-point attempts.
TODAY’S SEMIFINALS:
No. 4 Arizona vs. No. 9 Oregon State, 6 p.m. (FSN):
The Beavers are the first No. 9 seed to win consecutive games in the tournament. It’s also the first time they’ve won two tourney games since 1988 when they were the No. 2 seed and fell in the championship. Arizona is seeking its fifth tournament title and its first since 2002.
No. 2 California vs. No. 5 Colorado, 8:30 p.m. (FSN): Cal’s last appearance in the semis was in 2010 when the made it to the title game. The Bears also advanced to the finals in ’06, but have never won the title. Colorado and Cal split the regular-season series, each winning at home.
CORRECTED: 2:56 p.m.

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