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Category: 2012 Pac-12 tournament

March
10th

Colorado 70, Cal 59 — notes, quotes and boxscore


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Well, the Washington Huskies’ NCAA tourney hopes took a hit when Colorado knocked off No. 2 seeded Cal. The Buffaloes advance to the title game where they will face Arizona.

How did Colorado win? They did it with a suffocating defense that never let Cal really get going. The trademark Bears ball movement wasn’t as crisp as CU challenged every pass, bump Cal players of their cut and contested every shot. It also helped that Colorado came out ultra hot with Nate Tomlinson and Andre Roberson burying 3-pointers early in the first half. Neither are prolific 3-point shooters. The hot start gave Colorado some confidence.

The Bears were just too turnover prone. It killed them in the game. They had 17 in comparison’s to CU’s 9.

Andre Roberson was really good, It’s tough to appreciate how much he does defensively and on the glass. Carlon Brown punctuated the win with a sick dunk (above)

Cal will still likely get into the tournament. But will Washington?

Postgame press conference transcripts after the jump

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March
9th

Arizona 72, Oregon State 61 — notes, quotes and box score


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Sitting here thinking how much fun round three between Washington and Arizona would have been in the Pac-12 tournament semifinals. Instead, the Oregon State Beavers simply ran out of gas in the loss.

OSU stormed to a 34-27 first half lead, shooting 40 percent from the field. But in the second half, Arizona ratcheted up the defensive pressure and got aggressive offensively.  The Wildcats played one of their best halves of the season, outscoring OSU 45-27 in the second half.

Kyle Fogg (above) continues his hot play, scoring 22 points for the Wildcats. It was his seventh 20-plus point game this season.

It will  be the seventh time that Arizona will play for the conference tourney title.

Press conference transcripts after the jump

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March
9th

Colorado 63, Oregon 62 — notes, quotes and boxscore


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The final game of the night capped a pretty damn good day of basketball. Every game was close and entertaining. Yes, people make fun of the league. Let them. It’s overplayed. It’s like how ESPN beat the Tim Tebow and Jeremy Lin stories to death. Yes, the Pac-12 is having a down year. We get it. Your jokes are no longer creative. It’s like making jokes about Lindsay Lohan’s career. Find some new material.

As for this game, Colorado got a little redemption. The Buffaloes tanked on the road last weekend. But they came together and beat the hottest team in the Pac-12 – the Oregon Ducks. This was brutally physical game as Dick Cartmell’s crew decided to not call fouls for long stretches.

Andre Roberson’s putback with 15 seconds left proved to be the go-ahead score. Oregon had two chances to tie, but neither amounted to much. Devoe Joseph’s fallaway 3-pointer at the buzzer wasn’t even close.

Postgame press conference transcript after the jump

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March
8th

OSU postgame press conference transcripts

COACH ROBINSON: Listen, you’ve got to excuse us.  We have a very emotional team right now for a lot of different reasons.  But I know I could not and have not been prouder of a team any more than I’ve been proud of this team.  It’s not just because of tonight. It’s because of all season.

We have fought hard and lost our share of games five points and under, and it’s not due to this guy’s ‑‑ these guys’– hard work.  It’s not due to these guys’ lack of hard work, I should say.  I mean, every day, four overtimes,

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March
8th

Audio: Lorenzo Romar postgame press conference, C.J. Wilcox postgame comments


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Pretty somber postgame atmosphere. Head coach Lorenzo Romar, Abdul Gaddy and Darnell Gant did the postgame press conference. Romar said he believed the Pac-12 regular season champion should make the NCAA tournament, but admitted they did nothing to help themselves with the loss to Arizona State. We also talked to C.J. Wilcox in the locker room. Tony Wroten didn’t really answer questions from the media. He was asked three questions and shrugged his shoulders at a question about the team’s NCAA hopes. Other than that, nothing.

Press conference audio:


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CJ Wilcox:  

Full transcript after the jump

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March
8th

Oregon State 86, Washington 84 — Final

The Huskies now have to wait and hope that they can still make the NCAA title. Defensive breakdowns, poor rebounding and missed free throws hurt them in a first-round loss to Oregon State. And it may have killed their NCAA tournament hopes.

Tony Wroten missed four free throws down the stretch. But its important to remember that Wroten was 9-of-15 from the line, while the rest of the team was 3-11 from the foul line.  That includes two 1-for-3 showings from C.J. Wilcox and Terrence Ross. Wilcox even missed the front end of a one and one.

Oregon State was

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March
8th

Morning run: Wrapping up day one and previewing day two of the Pac-12

It was a long first day at the Staples Center, and today figures to be just as long with four more games. So let’s get to it.

We’ll start with today’s games …

Oregon State vs. Washington

Washington will begin its quest to win a third straight conference tournament title when it steps on the floor today at noon to face the eighth-seeded Oregon State Beavers, who advanced to the quarterfinal game with

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