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March 24, 2014 at 12:20 AM

Morning links: Three Pac-12 teams dancing to Sweet 16

Dwight Powell and Josh Huestis exult after the 10th-seeded Cardinal knocked off the second-seeded Jayhawks in the Round of 32 in St. Louis. (Photo credit: Scott Rovak - Reuters(

Dwight Powell and Josh Huestis exult after the 10th-seeded Cardinal knocked off the second-seeded Jayhawks in the Round of 32 in St. Louis. (Photo credit: Scott Rovak – Reuters(

The Pac-12 is sending three teams to the NCAA tournament Sweet 16, which ties the Big Ten and SEC for the largest contingent of teams advancing to the regional semifinals.

It’s the most the Pac-12 has sent to the Sweet 16 since 2008.

The Pac-12 posted a 7-3 record in the NCAA tourney last week on the opening weekend. The seven wins are the most by the conference since it went 8-6 in 2008.

MONDAY MORNING LINKS:

— Coming off a shaky NCAA tournament opener, No. 1 seed Arizona ended a wild first weekend of upsets and buzzer beaters with a display of domination while crushing No. 8 seed Gonzaga 84-61 in San Diego to reach the Sweet 16 for the third time in four years. The Wildcats scored 31 points of Gonzaga’s 21 turnovers — 15 on steals — and never gave the Zags a chance after racing out to a 21-point lead in the first half. Aaron Gordon had 18 points, six rebounds, six assists and four steals for Arizona (32-4). Rondae Hollis-Jefferson also had 18 points and Nick Johnson finished with 17.¬† Next up for Arizona is fourth-seeded San Diego State in Anaheim on Thursday. The winner plays either No. 2 seed Wisconsin or No. 6 seed Baylor to represent the West region in the Final Four.

— UCLA, the Pac-12 Tournament champion, is peaking at the right time. The Bruins have won five straight and seven of its last eight games following a 77-60 win over Stephen F. Austin in San Diego to reach the NCAA tournament Sweet 16 for the first time in six years. Jordan Adams scored 19 points, Norman Powell had 16 and Anderson had 15 points and eight rebounds while Kyle Anderson¬†finished with 15 points, eight rebounds and five assists. The Bruins (28-8) will play Florida, the tournament’s overall top seed, in the South Regional semifinals on Thursday in Memphis. The winner meets either No. 10 Stanford or No. 11 Dayton advance to the Final Four.

— Among the six Pac-12 teams invited to the NCAA tournament, No. 10 seed Stanford was one of the unlikeliest choices to make a long run. However, the Cardinal are full of surprises. Stanford beat No. 7 seed New Mexico on Friday and pulled off its biggest upset of the season, a 60-57 win over No. 2 Kansas on Sunday in St. Louis to move on to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 2008. The Jayhawks were missing 7-foot freshman Joel Embid who was sidelined by a stress fracture in his back. His absence allowed the Cardinal to focus on stopping Andrew Wiggins. Josh Huestis drew the defensive assignment and held the soon-to-be NBA lottery pick to four points on 1-for-6 shooting in what was likely his final college game. Dwight Powell had 15 points and seven rebounds despite playing with four fouls much of the second half and Chasson Randle added 13 points, six steals and four assists for the Cardinal (23-12). Stanford faces No. 11 Dayton in Memphis on Thursday. The winner plays either No. 2 seed Wisconsin or No. 6 seed Baylor to advance to the Final Four.

— There’s a fourth Pac-12 team that’s still playing basketball. No. 2 seed California takes on No. 3 seed Arkansas in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament 8 p.m. Monday at Haas Pavilion. Both teams met Nov. 25 in the Maui Invitational and the Golden Bears won 85-77. If Cal wins Monday, it faces either No. 1 seed SMU or No. 5 seed LSU to advance to New York for the Final Four.

— Former Washington State athletic director Jim Sterk explains why he gave Ken Bone a seven-year fully guaranteed contract.

— Oregonian columnist John Canzano takes a look at the facilities upgrades that need to happen at Oregon State.

TODAY’S PAC-12 SCHEDULE:

NIT
No. 2 California (20-13) vs. No. 3 Arkansas (22-11), 8 p.m. PT ……….. ESPN2

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