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November 30, 2013 at 4:48 AM

Morning links: Arizona, Pac-12 gets big win

After Arizona’s 72-66 win over No. 6 Duke, the Pac-12 is 2-4 against ranked teams this season. Here’s a look at those games.

Date               Game                                                                        Result
Nov. 8             Colorado vs. No. 25 Baylor (at Dallas)                      L 72-60
Nov. 21           Washington State at No. 15 Gonzaga                       L 90-74
Nov. 25           No. 25 Marquette at Arizona State                            W, 79-77
Nov. 26           California vs. No. 8 Syracuse (Maui Invitational)        L, 92-81
Nov. 28           Arizona State vs. No. 20 Creighton (Fullerton, CA)    L, 88-60
Nov. 29           No. 4 Arizona vs. No. 6 Duke (New York)                   W, 72-66


— On paper, Air Force (3-3) shouldn’t present much of a challenge for Colorado (6-1) when the teams meet today, but the Buffaloes aren’t overlooking their in-state rival.

— No. 4 Arizona made a big statement Friday knocking off No. 6 Duke 72-66 to win the NIT Season Tip-Off in front of a raucous Madison Square Garden and a national audience awed by the Wildcats balance, depth, talented back court and front court size. In short, Arizona (7-0) looks like a NCAA championship contender with few weaknesses. Nick Johnson led the Wildcats with 15 points and picked up the MVP trophy.

— No. 14 Oregon trailed by seven points at halftime to Pacific before going on a 20-0 run to start the second half and cruise to an 85-62 victory. Three transfers led the way for the Ducks (5-0). Mike Moser scored 19 points, backup guard Jason Calliste 15 and Joseph Young 14.

— Remember when USC coach Andy Enfield took a shot at cross-town rival UCLA. “If you want to play slow, go to UCLA,” he told the Trojans during a practice. Well, No. 19 UCLA is averaging 90.9 points in the first seven games, which ranks sixth in the nation. The Bruins entered Friday’s game with two 100-plus scoring outings, but came up short of the century mark while rolling over Northwestern 95-79. Kyle Anderson had 16 points, nine rebounds and nine assists while Jordan Adams, Zach LaVine and Bryce Alford each had 18 points.

— After suffering its first loss Thursday, Arizona State got back on track Friday with an 80-58 beatdown over the College of Charleston in the Wooden Legacy basketball tournament in Fullerton, Calif. Jahii Carson had 21 points and seven rebounds, Jordan Bachynski added 16 points while Johnathan Gilling poured drained five three-pointers for 15 points. The Sun Devils improved to 7-1.

— Washington State snapped a three-game losing streak with an incredible 69-54 upset victory over Purdue in the Old Spice Classic consolation round in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Cougars (3-3) trailed 27-17 at halftime and outscored the Boilermakers 52-27 in the second half. Purdue (5-2) entered the game averaging 86.3 points. It was a season low scoring performance for a WSU opponent. DaVonte Lacy led four Cougars who scored in double digits with 16 points.

— USC lost 77-63 to Wake Forest in a consolation game in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in Paradise Island, Bahamas. Byron Wesley scored 12 points for the Trojans (4-3).

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