Stanford tries to dislodge UCLA in Pac-12 Tournament

Stanford tries to dislodge UCLA in Pac-12 Tournament

Arizona's season started under a dark cloud following the arrest of assistant coach Emanuel Richardson as part of a federal probe into shady recruiting practices.

Obviously, all eyes will be on Ayton in what could be the final Pac-12 game of his career, as he's expected to declare for the NBA Draft after the season.

More comfortable and familiar with his surroundings, the Bahamian big man dominated his second go-round, sending the Wildcats into the title game for the second straight season.

Through all the tumult, the 15th-ranked Wildcats stayed steady on the court.

"We just need to continue to do what got us this far", Munnings said. We weren't good enough rebounding the ball all game long.

UA has one more before the Big Dance as it will look to seal up the Pac-12 Tournament title in addition to its regular season title and head into the rest of the month with some momentum.

Arizona will take on the victor of USC and OR on Saturday at 8:00 p.m. Arizona also decisively won the rebound battle, pulling down 36 to the Buffalos 27, and out shone Colorado from the three-point line by almost 14% (38.9% to 25%).

It might turn into a shootout as two of the nation's top offenses clash. Less than three hours later, university President Robert C. Robbins said Miller would remain as coach.

That confidence has spread and Arizona's point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright said now the focus is only on being prepared. "Everybody was just drained mentally and physically". An 83-72 loss keeps the Trojans (21-10, 12-6) bubbling.

The teams split their regular season series, with Colorado beating Arizona 80-77 on January 6 in Boulder and the Wildcats winning 80-71 on January 25 at McKale Center.

West Virginia vs Kansas
Manu Lecomte scored 27 points for Baylor, 22 of those in the second half as the Bears were trying to rally after falling behind. West Virginia fell to the Jayhawks in the Big 12 title game two years ago and lost to Iowa State in last year's edition.

"Sometimes common sense has to prevail, right?"

Andy Enfield, USC's head coach, seemed a little more optimistic when he was asked the same question.

"They were at home and, you know, it's tough to win with that crowd there", USC forward Chimezie Metu said about the game in McKale.

Arizona came out of halftime a different team, hitting seven of its first nine shots while building a 44-38 lead in the opening five minutes.

Arizona and USC were picked to finished atop the conference in the preseason poll and finished in that same order in the regular season. 15 Arizona beats UCLA 78-67 to reach Pac-12 title gameAP Photo NVIB104, NVIB102, NVIB105, NVIB103, NVIB101Eds: No. 15 Arizona 78, UCLA 67, OT. Arizona had eight fewer rebounds than UCLA after the first 20 minutes of action and the Bruins were dominant on the offensive glass in the early going. "This is a season". We've got a good chance to go to the tournament and win four games.

"After Wright's exit, CU temporarily pulled back to within three on a pair of Namon Wright free throws, but the Wildcats answered with their 14-0 run to put the game away".

Ayton, who also denies any wrongdoing and didn't miss any games in the wake of the report, blasted the story on Friday night. If we get an NIT bid, we'll go. The Wildcats move on to face the Stanford-UCLA victor in Friday's semifinals.

UNDERDOG UTES: Utah lost four of its top six scorers from a year ago and was picked to finish seventh in the Pac-12. He should be Player of the Year in the country.

"I can't tell you how proud I am for us coming together", Stanford's Reid Travis said. "I think our defense was intact".

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