March 10, 2013 at 9:57 AM
Sunday links: UCLA’s return to prominence
Chris Foster at the Los Angeles Times did a nice job describing the celebratory scene after the game. Apparently, the Bruins borrowed the Huskies’ 2011-12 Pac-12 championship banner for a photo opp (right) in the lower tunnels at Alaska Airlines Arena.
AROUND THE PAC-12:
— Next up for Washington: Washington State thumped USC 76-51 and rides a two-game winning streak into its first-round Pac-12 Tournament game against the Huskies.
— Here’s the official website for the Pac-12 tourney.
— No. 18 Arizona, the preseason Pac-12 favorite, finished in a three-way tie for second after a 73-58 win over cross-state rival Arizona State.
— The Sun Devils ride a four-game losing streak into next week’s Pac-12 tourney.
— When you hold Senior Day celebrations after the game, it’s an uncomfortable occasion for everyone if the home team loses. Exhibit A: Colorado. The Buffaloes lost 64-58 to Oregon State and coach Tad Boyle apologized to the sold out crowd at Coors Events Center before passing the microphone to the seniors.
— OSU’s win is another case of March Madness when a team that’s seemingly going nowhere rises up and knocks off a team that will likely play in the NCAA tourney. The Beavers played their best game of the season after they were blown out days earlier.