The Pac-12 posted a 1-2 record in the NCAA tournament on Thursday. Here’s how the teams fared.
FRIDAY MORNING LINKS:
— No. 10 seed Arizona State’s 87-85 defeat to No. 7 Texas in the round of 64 game epitomized all of the craziness of March Madness. When it looked as if the game was headed into overtime, the Sun Devils failed to corral a badly missed three-pointer. Longhorns forward Cameron Ridley corralled the loose ball and scored on a putback at the buzzer over 7-foot center Jordan Bachynski. The ASU big man had 25 points and seven rebounds. Jahii Carson had 19 points and nine assists, and Jermaine Marshall added 17 points and seven rebounds for ASU, which was making its first NCAA tournament since 2009.
— Elgin Cook scored a career-high 23 points and Joseph Young added 19 to power seventh-seeded Oregon to an 87-68 victory over No. 10 seed BYU in the NCAA tournament. The Ducks advanced to a third-round game against No. 2 seed Wisconsin on Saturday.
— No. 8 seed Colorado didn’t put up much of a fight before falling 77-48 to No. 9 seed Pittsburgh. The Buffaloes (23-12) had the second-most in school history. They entered the game coming off one of their worst offensive performances of the season in 20-point loss to Arizona in the Pac-12 tournament. However, things didn’t get any better against Pittsburgh. Colorado fell behind 13-0 and 23-5 at the start. The Buffs were down 46-18 at halftime. They were limited to a season-low 15 field goals while shooting 29 percent from the field.
— Expect to see a lot of 7-foot Kaleb Tarczewski when No. 1 Arizona plays No. 16 Weber State.
— No. 4 UCLA is hoping for a long run over the next couple of weeks.
— Bill Plaschke at the Los Angeles Times writes Bruins coach Steve Alford’s tenure at UCLA begins this week.
— Stanford’s Dwight Powell is on the big stage.
TODAY’S PAC-12 SCHEDULE:
No. 7 New Mexico (27-6) vs. No. 10 Stanford (21-12), 10:40 a.m. PT ……… TBS
No. 1 Arizona (30-4) vs. No. 16 Weber State (19-11), 11:10 a.m. ……………… TNT
No. 4 UCLA (26-8) vs. No. 13 Tulsa (21-12), 6:57 p.m. ………………………….. truTV