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March 14, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Pac-12 perfect 4-0 in postseason play

Big night for the Pac-12, which went 4-0 in post season games.
No. 1 Washington did its part and handed No. 8 Texas-Arlington an 82-72 defeat in the National Invitation Tournament opener that was probably more difficult than it should have been.
The Huskies face Northwestern at 7 p.m. Friday at Edmundson Pavilion. UW is one win away from a potential NIT quarterfinal against Pac-12 rival Oregon and two games away from a trip to New York City.
— Seattle Times photographer Dean Rutz did a nice job capturing the game with this photo gallery.
— Here’s the game stories in the Fort-Worth Star Telegram, Everett Herald, News Tribune and Associated Press.
OTHER NIT ACTION:
No. 4 Northwestern 76, No. 5 Akron 74 — The Wildcats of the Big Ten survived a potential buzzer-beating three-pointer and hung on for the win. John Shurna, the Wildcats’ career leading scorer, added 23 points and 11 rebounds and became the 27th player in Big Ten history with 2,000 or more points. He has 2,015. He tied the game with a three-pointer. JerShon Cobb added 19 points for Northwestern, which improved to 19-13.
No. 3 Oregon 96, No. 6 LSU 76 — Senior guard Devoe Joseph, who transferred from Minnesota, has been a heckuva pickup for the Ducks. Granted he only played half a season with Oregon, but he’s had a big impact. Last night he had 25 points and six assists. Joseph told the Register-Guard: “It’s always going to be disappointing, but we have the opportunity here to do something big. We want to get to New York and that can be another great experience. Being a senior, I want to play as long as possible. If we make the final four (of the NIT), we’re playing as long as almost any team in the country. We’ll try to take advantage of the home court and keep playing.” Garrett Sim finished with 15 points and Tony Woods added a career-high 14. The Ducks (23-9) will host No. 7 Iowa on Sunday.
No. 3 Stanford 76, No. 6 Cleveland State 65 — Former Bellevue High star Aaron Bright scored all 17 of his points in the second half, Anthony Brown had 15 points and a career high 12 rebounds and Josh Owens added 15 points for Stanford. The Cardinal led 31-30 at halftime and were up by as many as 20 points in the second half. Standford (22-11) will face the winner of tonight’s game between No. 2 seed Mississippi and No. 7 seed Illinois State.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL INVITATIONAL:
Washington State 89, San Francisco 75 — Brock Motum scored 24 points and Reggie Moore added 18 points, six assists and five rebounds. However, senior guard Marcus Capers nearly finished with a triple double while helping the Cougars who pulled away in the second half. He finished with 12 points, eight rebounds and a career-high eight assists. WSU (16-16) will face the winner of Wednesday’s game between North Dakota State and Wyoming in the quarterfinals Monday.
TODAY’S PAC-12 GAMES:
No. 12 California (24-9) vs. No. 12 South Florida (20-13), 6 p.m. (TRU TV) —
Coach Mike Montgomery hopes the pressure is finally off of the Golden Bears and he wants them to just go have fun in their NCAA opener against a gritty, defensive-minded Bulls team. The winner advances to a Friday matchup against No. 5 seed Temple at Nashville, Tenn. Pac-12 Player of the Year Jorge Gutierrez told the San Francisco Chronicle: “We made it. We’re trying to enjoy the time we still have together as a team. We’ve got a chance to prove we can play with anybody in the country. We’re here to have fun.”
No. 8 Bucknell (24-9) at No. 1 Arizona (23-11), 6 p.m. (ESPN2) — The Wildcats sold 6,700 tickets to tonight’s NIT game and they expect between 8,000 and 10,000 in the stands. That’s an amazing number considering less 2,000 came out to watch Stanford last night and Washington drew 2,801. The Arizona Daily Star’s Patrick Finley gives 16 reasons to watch the NIT.
Western Illinois (18-14) at Oregon State (19-14), 7 p.m. (HDNet) — The Beavers say they have the right mindset to begin the College Basketball Invitational tonight. They should. It’s their third time in the tournament in four years. They won it in 2009.
AROUND THE PAC-12:
— Suddenly everyone wants to talk to Colorado and coach Tad Boyle. He told the Daily Camera: “It wears you out. But it’s a good problem to have obviously with the exposure for our program and our university. You can’t buy that exposure. It just comes with the territory, and it’s a good territory to be in.”
— Cool video (below) in the Daily Camera.

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