Welcome to Vegas. We’ll post some news, notes and quotes here throughout the day before Washington tips with Washington State at 8:30 tonight.
Utah 69, USC 66
> Another tight one. Utah led most of the night before USC made it tight in the final minute. The Utes will face Cal on Thursday night.
Colorado 74, Oregon State 68
> Colorado is on to the next round after a solid 74-68 win over Oregon State. That means the Buffs will face Arizona, which should be a great afternoon matchup Thursday. Arizona State will play UCLA in that same half of the bracket, which appears much more challenging than the bottom half.
> After being cleared to play (viral illness), conference defensive player of the year Andre Roberson played 25 minutes, scored 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
“Andre was terrific,” Colorado coach Tad Boyle said. “He was a little rusty today. It wasn’t his best outing but we’re certainly a better team with him than we are without him.”
> This was much more of a Pac-12 game we have come to known than the first game of the day was. Oregon State and Colorado combined for 52 free-throw-attempts. Stanford had just one in its game.
> Spencer Dinwiddie scored 20 for the Buffs, but Colorado shot just 39.3 percent in the game.
> Oregon State’s Olaf Schaftenaar played six minutes and committed three turnovers. He had no other stats. Yikes.
> Eric Moreland with a double-double for the Beavers, 14 points and 13 boards. He also had five blocks.
> Quiet finale for Joe Burton, one of the more entertaining players in the conference. He had just four points, three assists and two rebounds in his final game for the Beavers.
> Asked if he would accept a CBI invitation if one is extended — Oregon State finished 14-18 — Beavers head coach Craig Robinson indicated they would not.
“Well, normally, we’d say yes to that,” Robinson said. “But, these guys want to be NCAA Tournament guys. I don’t know if we’d even be invited. But, we are raising the bar, and we want to feel the sting of not playing in the postseason for the first time and see how that motivates us for next year.”
Arizona State 89, Stanford 88, OT
> ASU is your first winner, beating Stanford 89-88 in overtime. Jahii Carson went off for 34 points on 14 of 22 shooting. He also played little defense. Stanford point guard Aaron Bright pushed back at him for 27 points.
> Somehow, with Pac-12 refs working the game, Stanford went to the free-throw line once in an overtime game. Once. In a 45-minute game. And, the only free-throw attempt was a result of Bright being fouled when shooting a 3 with 41 seconds to go in regulation.
> Carson said he woke up today in a “good mental state.” The freshman said friends and family were sending him positive mental energy.
> Arizona State played small against Stanford, forcing all-conference defender Carrick Felix to guard Stanford’s big man Dwight Powell (with the occasional help of a double team). Felix will face UCLA’s Shabazz Muhammad tomorrow when the Sun Devils play top-seeded UCLA. Seven-foot-2 ASU center Jordan Bachynski played just eight minutes against Stanford, despite starting.
> Stanford played its only senior 21 minutes today. All the starters will be back next year.