Plenty of happenings in the Pac-12 on Saturday. Two teams advanced to the Round of 16, two teams lost and Ben Howland reportedly is on his way out at UCLA.
Lots to get to. So have at it.
AROUND THE PAC-12:
— In just three years coach Dana Altman has taken Oregon to the CBI, NIT and now the 12th-seeded Ducks are on their way to the NCAA tournament’s Sweet 16 following a 74-57 beatdown against No. 4 seed Saint Louis. Freshman Damyean Dotson scored 23 points, Carlos Emory added 14 points and Arsalan Kazemi collected 16 rebounds.
— Oregon (28-8) plays Louisville (31-5), the No. 1 overall seed, on Friday in Indianapolis. Coach Dana Altman told the Register-Guard: “They’re a pretty confident group, there’s no doubt about that. We’re feeling good but Louisville … we’ve got a tremendous challenge ahead of us. We’re going to have to play our best game.”
— Senior guard Mark Lyons tied his career high with 27 points to lead No. 6 Arizona past No. 14-seeded Harvard 74-51 in a third-round game. Lyons, who starred at Xavier last season, is the first player to advance to the Sweet 16 in consecutive years with different teams.
— Never mind what the score says, No. 12 seed California’s 66-60 defeat to No. 4 seed Syracuse wasn’t much of a contest. The Golden Bears (21-12) made it close at the end, but they had difficulty throughout the game solving the Orange’s tough 2-3 zone.
— Cal junior Allen Crabbe, the Pac-12 player of the year, scored just eight points, which was 11 below his aveage. He had three points until the final two minutes. When asked if he’ll turn pro or return to school, he told the Mercury News: “I don’t have any comment. It would be pretty selfish to talk about my future after we just lost a game.”
— Stanford lost its bid to repeat at National Invitation Tournament champions after a 66-54 defeat at Alabama. Chasson Randle scored a team-high 11 points while leading scorer Dwight Powell was held to two and played just 24 minutes due to foul trouble. The Cardinal finished the season at 19-15.
— Andre Roberson told the Daily Camera Colorado’s goal next season is to win the Pac-12 regular-season title. However, there’s still no guarantee the 6-7 junior forward will return to school or opt for the NBA draft.
— Arizona State freshman Jahii Carson is pondering his options. He’s weighing turning pro or returning to school.
— Multiple outlets are reporting Howland will be fired and a formal announcement is pending. However, UCLA officials are denying the reports.
— And finally, prep star Aaron Gordon finished his high-school career with a 50-45 defeat in California’s first boys Open Division championship game. Gordon led Archbishop Mitty with 22 points and 20 rebounds, but he was outduled by junior guard Stanley Johnson who had 26 points and 12 rebounds for Mater Dei. Gordon has won two state titles. He’s considering Washington, Arizona, Oregon and Kentucky. He’s expected to make a decision April 3 during the McDonald’s All-American game.