Not a good day for the Pac-12. After going 3-0 on the first full day of the tournament, the league took its lumps Friday when Colorado and UCLA each lost.
The Jordan-Adams-less Bruins were trounced by Minnesota, 83-63. Kyle Anderson told the LA Times he’s not sure what the future holds for him, if he will declare for the draft or return to UCLA. LA Times columnist Bill Plaschke blew up UCLA’s players and called it “probably Howland’s final game” as head coach of the Bruins. If the UCLA job does come open, prepare for the Lorenzo Romar rumors.
> After a horrid first half, Colorado got back into the game and even took the lead against Illinois. But, that would be the end of the day’s uptick for the Buffs, who were bounced 57-49.
> Our Dave Boling is with the Zags and says Elias Harris knows he can do better than he did in Gonzaga’s opener.
Three things to watch today:
1. CSU’s turnovers. Colorado State rarely turns it over. Louisville pressures like crazy. Can the Rams get good guard play again? If they do, they have a shot against the tournament’s No. 1 overall seed. You know the rebounding and effort will be there.
2. Can Oregon slow Saint Louis’ roll? The Billikens have won 18 of 19. Oregon has been hot since the Pac-12 Tournament. Will the Ducks be disciplined enough to manage against Saint Louis’ precision?
3. Gus Johnson. Or not. We have all this craziness going on and Gus Johnson is calling soccer? That’s not right.
Saturday’s full schedule:
No. 5 VCU vs. No. 4 Michigan
Station: CBS Announcers: Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery/Rachel Nichols
No. 6 Memphis vs. No. 3 Michigan State
Station: CBS Announcers: Lundquist/Raftery/Nichols
No. 8 Colorado State vs. No. 1Louisville
Station: CBS Announcers: Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel/Allie LaForce
No. 14 Harvard vs. No. 6 Arizona
TV: TNT Announcers: (Spiro Dedes/Doug Gottlieb/Jamie Maggio)
No. 12 Oregon vs. No. 4 Saint Louis
TV: TBS Announcers: Brian Anderson/Dan Bonner/Marty Snider
No. 6 Butler vs. No. 3 Marquette
TV: CBS Announcers: Eagle/Spanarkel/LaForce
No. 9 Wichita State vs. No. 1 Gonzaga
TV: TNT Announcer: Dedes/Gottlieb/Maggio
No. 12 California vs. No. 4 Syracuse
TV: TBS Announcers: Anderson/Bonner/Snider