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March 15, 2012 at 5:27 AM

Cal falls in NCAA tourney, Arizona drops NIT opener

Before we recap and preview Pac-12 postseason games, here’s a link to our story today, which takes a look at Tuesday’s low attendance.
The Huskies drew just 2,801 to their National Invitation Tournament opening win over Texas-Arlington. By comparison, Arizona attracted 8,433 to its NIT game while Oregon had 5.158 and Stanford 1,339.
No. 1 Washington is hoping for a better turnout Friday when it hosts No. 4 Northwestern.
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South Florida 65, California 54 — The Golden Bears fell behind 15-3 at the start of their NCAA first-round game and the outcome was decided at halftime when Cal went into the locker room down 36-13. At that point, USF shot 66.7 percent (16 for 24), including 4 for 7 from the three-point line. Cal was 20.8 percent (5 for 24) and 0 for 6 from 3-pt. Allen Crabbe was 0 for 6 and the three guards (Jorge Gutierrez, Justin Cobb and Crabbe) combined to shoot 1 for 10. Cal’s biggest deficit was 32 points. Harper Kamp finished with 19 points and Gutierrez had 11. The Bears finish the season at 24-10. Coach Mike Montgomery told the San Francisco Chronicle: We dug ourselves a huge hole in the first half, probably as bad as I’ve seen us play. We just didn’t seem to have energy.
No. 8 Bucknell 65, No. 1 Arizona 54 — So much for that Washington-Arizona NIT final. The Wildcats became the first No. 1 NIT seed to lose in the first round since Arizona State did it in 2010. Arizona, which fell to 0-4 all-time in the tournament, hadn’t made an appearance in the NIT since 1951 and it probably doesn’t want to return any time soon. Several UA players said they still hadn’t gotten over last week’s loss in the Pac-12 Tournament final. “Losing to a team like Colorado to go to the NCAA tournament, it affects you mentally,” Jesse Perry told the Arizona Daily Star. “It messes up your mind. You almost have to be mentally strong to get ready for the NIT. We didn’t do that.” Solomon Hill led the Wildcats (23-12) with 17 points and nine rebounds and Perry added 14 points. Daily Star columnist Greg Hansen writes: “The Sean Miller Era starts now.”
Oregon State 80, Western Illinois 59 — The Beavers gave the Pac-12 a modicum of respect last night with a convincing win over visiting Fighting Leathernecks in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational. Jared Cunningham scored 22 points and collected eight rebounds while Ahmad Starks finished with 16 points for OSU, which led 16-2 early and 44-34 at the half. improved to 22-14 in front of 1,931 at Gill Coliseum. The Beavers (20-14) host TCU (18-14) Monday at Gill Coliseum in the quarterfinals. OSU captured its first 20-win season since 1989-90
No. 11 Colorado (23-11) vs. No. 6 UNLV (26-8), 7 p.m. (TruTV) —
The Buffaloes are carrying the banner for the Pac-12 in the NCAA Tournament. The second-round matchup is being played at Albuquerque, N.M. where the altitude is 5,314 feet. The altitude at the Coors Events Center is 5,345 feet so Colorado should feel at home.
— Washington guard Terrence Ross is listed as probable for Friday. I spoke to Ross after Tuesday’s game and he said he plans to play.
— UW coach Lorenzo Romar spoke to KJR-AM on Wednesday.
— Washington State, which defeated San Francisco in the first round of the CBI, will host Wyoming at 7 p.m. Monday at Beasley Coliseum.
Bud Withers reflects on the passing of former Oregon coach Dick Harter who died Monday.
— USC sophomore forward Garrett Jackson has been granted permission to talk to other schools about transferring.
— When UCLA when out of its way to state Ben Howland will return next season, many believe they officially put him on notice and on the hot seat. It’s return to the NCAA tournament in 2013 or else for Howland.
UCLA is losing junior forward Brendan Lane who graduate early and transfer.
— Not exactly Pac-12 related, but former Franklin High star Peyton Siva plays today in Portland when h leads No. 4 Louisville against No. 13 Davidson at 10:40 a.m.

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