The Oregonian, Portland, Ore., Pac-12 basketball rundown column
Mar 14, 2013 (The Oregonian - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Pac-12 basketball links for Thursday
Part of Tom Kensler's story in the Denver Post about Colorado's win over Oregon State Wednesday in the Pac-12 tournament:
If Colorado players, or anyone, for that matter, wondered why coach Tad Boyle places such an emphasis on defense and rebounding, the Buffaloes' hard-fought, 74-68 victory Wednesday over Oregon State in the opening round of the Pac-12 Tournament can be used as Exhibit A.
Colorado (21-10) shot only 39.3 percent from the field. But the fifth-seeded Buffs shook off those misses, maintained their focus on the boards and accomplished just enough to, as they say, survive and advance.
Up next for the Buffs is a Thursday quarterfinal against fourth-seeded Arizona (24-6), which had an opening-round bye. Things won't get easier.
"Sometimes in basketball, you have to win ugly," Boyle said during postgame
Keep reading Denver Post story ... Andre Roberson was back, with a vengeance, as CU takes apart OSU on the boards ... Colorado gets a third meeting with Arizona (3:30 p.m., Pac-12 Networks)
Arizona State Sun Devils -- Paula Boivin on Jahii Carson, who lit up Stanford Wednesday and now sets his sights on UCLA ... Sin City has a new act, and his name is Jahii Carson. A 34-point bomb dropped on Cardinal in 89-88 win
Stanford Cardinal -- "Crushing blow" for Cardinal, who waste amazing four-point play at the end of regulation, lose to ASU in OT ... Stanford's tourney run over before it started thanks to a "blur"
Cal Bears -- Cal gets Utah Thursday, and a chance to show everybody it deserved that No. 2 seed
Utah Utes -- Byron Wesley nails all the big shots in 69-66 tourney win over USC ... a feisty Coach K: "Of course I can't guard you. I don't have a uniform"
USC Trojans -- Team transfer, with its interim coach, finally sees the journey end
UCLA Bruins -- Tourney time turns up the heat on Ben Howland, Bruins
Washington Huskies -- Dawgs squander 19-point lead but have enough in the tank to beat Cougs 64-62 in Vegas ... Jerry Brewer: Cougs, Huskies display their strengths, weaknesses ... a 50-31 second-half lead seemed safe, but ...
Washington State Cougars -- Was that a foul on Brock Motum's final 3-point attempt Some of the Cougs thought it was, but no call
Today's tourney schedule: ASU-UCLA at 12 noon (Pac-12 Networks), Colorado-Arizona at 2:30 (Pac-12 Networks), Utah-Cal at 6 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks), Washington-Oregon at 8:30 (ESPNU)
- Paul Buker
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