This week in Pac-12 men's basketball
By the Pac-12 Conference
AROUND THE PAC-12
• OREGON won its third Pac-12 Tournament title, and first since 2007.
• UCLA captured its 31st regular season Conference title, and first since the 2008 season. The Bruins are just the third Conference champion to post a 13-5 league record in 35 seasons of Pac-10/Pac-12 competition.
• The five pac-12 teams in the NCAA Tournament represent the most by the Conference since six participated in the 2009 Tournament.
• Pac-12 Honors announced:
Player of the Year
Allen Crabbe, California
Co-Freshman of the Year
Jahii Carson, Arizona State
Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA
Defensive Player of the Year
André Roberson, Colorado
Most Improved Player of the Year
Dwight Powell, Stanford
John Wooden Coach of the Year
Dana Altman, Oregon
POSTSEASON TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Tues., Mar. 19 Time TV
NIT Stephen F. Austin at STANFORD 8 p.m. PT ESPN2
NIT WASHINGTON at BYU 7:30 p.m. MT ESPN
Wed., Mar. 20
NIT Detroit at ARIZONA STATE 7 p.m. PT ESPNU
Thurs., Mar. 21
NCAA Midwest Region - San Jose, Calif.
5-Oklahoma State vs. 12-OREGON approx. 1:40 p.m. PT TNT
NCAA West Region - Salt Lake City, Utah
6-ARIZONA vs. 11-Belmont approx. 5:20 p.m. MT TNT
NCAA East Region - San Jose, Calif.
5-UNLV vs. 12-CALIFORNIA approx. 4:27 p.m. PT truTV
Fri., Mar. 22
NCAA East Region - Austin, Texas
7-Illinois vs. 10-COLORADO approx. 3:40 p.m. CT TNT
NCAA South Region - Austin, Texas
6-UCLA vs. 11-Minnesota 8:57 p.m. CT truTV
Sat., Mar. 23
Should Pac-12 teams advance
NCAA OREGON vs. Saint Louis/New Mexico State winner
NCAA ARIZONA vs. New Mexico/Harvard winner
NCAA CALIFORNIA vs. Syracuse/Montana winner
Sun., Mar. 24
Should Pac-12 teams advance
NCAA UCLA vs. Florida/Northwestern State winner
NCAA COLORADO vs. Miami (Fla.)/Pacific winner
Site, dates and times for teams advancing in the NIT are to be determined
Game times local to site
PAC-12 TOURNAMENT RECAP
Oregon Ducks Capture Pac-12 Tournament Crown
LAS VEGAS - Oregon saw the Pac-12 regular season title slip through its hands on the final day. The Ducks did no such thing Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, keeping UCLA at arms' length since midway through the 1st half to capture a 77-69 victory in the Pac-12 Tournament Championship Game.
"A week ago I think it's safe to say we were as low as you can get. But we bounced back. I think it shows the character of our team, guys stayed with it," coach Dana Altman said. "We had to play well. I thought we were aggressive. It just shows what a difference a week makes. I told the guys that. In life and in basketball, you have to look ahead."
Carlos Emory had 18 points, Johnathan Loyd came off the bench to score a season-high 19 and Arsalan Kazemi tallied his ninth double-double of the season for the Ducks. It was the program's first tournament championship since 2007.
Norman Powell filled in for the injured Jordan Adams and scored 10 points for UCLA. Pac-12 co-Freshman of the Year Shabazz Muhammad chipped in 14 for the Bruins.
After a sloppy first few minutes, Larry Drew II's three-pointer gave UCLA an early 10-4 start as Oregon turned the ball over seven times in the first six minutes.
Lloyd hit a three pointer from the wing to give the Ducks their first lead about halfway through the 1st half as part of a 17-6 run to take control of the game.
UCLA did mount a late charge midway through the 2nd half, attacking the rim and getting into the bonus with over 13 minutes left. Drew hit another three-pointer to cut it to two right before the under-12 media timeout but that would be as close as the Bruins would come the rest of the way.
That the team could make it as close as they did was an accomplishment without the help of Adams, who broke a bone in his foot on the last play of Friday's semifinal win and will be sidelined the rest of the season. Powell went 3-of-6 from the field and added four rebounds but lacked the explosiveness that Adams flashed the past week in Las Vegas.
"I thought Norman did a good job tonight," Bruins coach Ben Howland said. "He's going to get better playing more minutes and being more comfortable in that role, playing 35 minutes a game."
The star of the show was Loyd however, who was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player afterward. He replaced Dominic Artis after the first few turnover-filled minutes and powered the Ducks to the win in his hometown.
"To do this in front of my family, friends, hometown, it's just an amazing feeling," an emotional Loyd said.
Damyean Dotson had a quiet 13 points for Oregon but was named to the 2013 All-Tournament Team thanks to a great week. Teammate Kazemi, Arizona State's Jahii Carson, UCLA's Adam and Drew rounded out the selections.
- Bryan Fischer, Pac-12 Digital Senior Correspondent
Las Vegas, Nev. - MGM Grand Garden Arena
Wed., March 13
Session 1 (attendance: 7,451)
Arizona State 89, Stanford 88 (OT)
Colorado 74, Oregon State 68
Session 2 (attendance: 8,566)
Utah 69, USC 66
Washington 64, Washington State 62
Thurs., March 14
Session 3 (attendance: 12,915)
UCLA 80, Arizona State 75
Arizona 79, Colorado 69
Session 4 (attendance: 10,566)
Utah 79, California 69 (OT)
Oregon 80, Washington 77 (OT)
Fri., March 15
Session 5 (attendance: 13,151)
UCLA 66, Arizona 64
Oregon 64, Utah 45
Sat., March 16
Championship (attendance: 11,101)
Oregon 77, UCLA 69
Jahii Carson, Arizona State
Jordan Adams, UCLA
Larry Drew II, UCLA
Damyean Dotson, Oregon
Arsalan Kazemi, Oregon
Johnathan Loyd, Oregon - Most Outstanding Player
Tournament notes: Average margin of victory for 11 tournament games was +6.3 points... The three overtime games were the most in a single Pac-12 Tournament... ASU's Jahii Carson set a Tournament scoring record for a freshman with 34 points in the OT win vs. Stanford... Loyd's Most Outstanding Player honor is the first by a non-starter in Pac-12 Tournament history... Total attendance: 63,750 (10,625 avg per session).
ARIZONA: The Wildcats are making their 30th NCAA Tournament appearance. Arizona has posted a 46-28 record in Tournament play, including a national title in 1997... It's the third consecutive 20-win season, 24th in the last 26 seasons, and 34th overall... The Wildcats lead the Pac-12 with an average of 7.7 made treys per game, and connect on 36.3 percent (245-of-675) of their shots from long range... Senior F Solomon Hill sits 21st on Arizona's career scoring list with 1,392 points. Senior G Mark Lyons as scored 1,677 points in his career (1,194 points at Xavier, 473 points at Arizona)... Arizona posted a 37-31 rebound advantage in the Pac-12 Tournament semifinal, which equaled the team's rebound margin for the season. Though 32 games, Arizona carries a +6.0 rebound margin and has outrebounded 23 of 32 opponents this season, including 14 of 20 conference foes (counting the postseason tournament). On the season, Arizona is 20-3 when outrebounding the opposition.
CALIFORNIA: The Bears are making their 18th NCAA Tournament appearance... Cal has won at least 20 games in four of five seasons under head coach Mike Montgomery... Has posted a single-season record for blocks with 147 in 31 games this year. Sophomore F David Kravish has 52 blocked shots for the season and just seven shy of Cal single-season record... Junior guards Allen Crabbe (18.7 ppg/leads Pac-12) and Justin Cobbs (15.5 ppg/8th) have combined for 1,057 points, which is 50.5 percent of Cal's scoring total for the year. The duo also average 36.2 minutes and 35.7 minutes per game respectively, which ranks second and third in the league.
COLORADO: The Buffs are making their 12th NCAA Tournament appearance, and back-to-back Tournament appearances for the first time since 1962-63... Third straight 20-win season for the Buffaloes... Junior F André Roberson has 1,037 career rebounds and stands second behind Buffs all-time leader Stephane Pelle (1,054 reb, 1999-03)... His 11.3 rpg average is currently second in the nation... Sophomore G Spence Dinwiddie paces the Colorado scoring attack with 15.6 points per game (7th in the Pac-12). He's shooting 194-of-235 from the free throw line (.826). His 194 made free throws are more than all but one Pac-12 player has attempted all season (Oregon State's Nelson 155-of-202).
OREGON: The Ducks are making their 11th NCAA Tournament appearance, and first since 2008... Senior F E.J. Singler has piled up some impressive numbers during his career in Eugene. He's played in 139 games during his career (4,062 minutes) and won 87 games, the most ever in a career by an Oregon player. His 1,509 points scored rank 12th all-time... Senior F Arsalan Kazemi is third in the league, averaging 9.5 rebounds per game. Should he maintain that average for the remainder of the season, it would be the best average by a Duck since Jerry Adams averaged 10.3 rebounds in 1986. Kazemi's 1,231 career rebounds are the most among NCAA active players.
UCLA: Captured its 35th Conference title... The Bruins are making their 45th NCAA Tournament appearance. During the previous 44 appearances, UCLA has posted a 100-37 record and claimed 11 national titles... It's the sixth 20-win season over the last eight years, 47th overall... Senior G Larry Drew II set a Bruin single-season record with 253 assists, moving ahead of Pooh Richardson (236 in 1989). His 253 assists are the most in the Pac-12 since Arizona State's Ahlon Lewis dished out a Pac-12 single-season record 294 assists during the 1998 season, and third most in the Pac-12 single-season annals... Freshman G Shabazz Muhammad is averaging 17.8 ppg. It's the ninth best scoring average all-time by a Pac-12 Freshman... Muhammad (17.8 ppg/5.3 rpg) and fellow freshman teammates Jordan Adams (15.3 ppg/3.8 rpg) and Kyle Anderson (9.8 ppg/8.6 rpg) combine to account for 54.7 percent of the team's scoring and 47.1 percent of the team's rebound totals.
ODDS & ENDS: WASHINGTON STATE senior F Brock Motum finished his career fifth on WSU's career scoring list with 1,530 points... Motum was the only Pac-12 player to post double digit scoring totals in each game this season... OREGON STATE had three players reach 1,000 points for their careers during the season: Devon Collier (1,086), Roberto Nelson (1,082), Joe Burton (1,009). Junior G Ahmad Starks nearly made it four players as he finished the season with 991 career points... UTAH ended the season on an upswing, winning four of its last five games, which included victories over NCAA Tournament bound California and Oregon. The Utes were led in scoring and rebounding by freshman F Jordan Loveridge (12.1 ppg/7.0 rpg)... After finishing 1-17 last season in league play, USC made an eight-game improvement by finishing 9-9 in Pac-12 play.
ARIZONA STATE: The Sun Devils are making their 12th NIT appearance... ASU has posted its fourth 20-win season in the last six years and 13th overall... Has established a Pac-12 single-season blocked shots record, currently with 203. Meanwhile, Sun Devil senior C Jordan Bachynski has provided a single-season record with 113 blocked shots... Freshman G Jahii Carson, the Pac-12 Co-Freshman of the Year, leads the Pac-12 in minutes played (37.2 mpg). His 18.3 ppg average currently leads all freshmen in the nation, and is the eighth best all-time by a freshman in the Pac-12, while his 165 assists also rank eighth all-time among Pac-12 freshmen... Carson earned Pac-12 All-Tournament team honors after scoring 55 points and posting 11 assists in two games. His 34-point performance in ASU's win over Stanford in the opening game of the Tournament is a Pac-12 Tournament freshman record... Senior G/F Carrick Felix posted a Pac-12 best 13 double-doubles this season.
STANFORD: The defending NIT champions. Stanford is making its seventh NIT appearance. The Cardinal also won the NIT crown in 1991... Junior F Dwight Powell scored in double figures in each Pac-12 game this season, averaging 15.6 points per league contest. Of all the other Pac-12 players, only Washington State's Brock Motum reached double figures in each conference game... Junior F Josh Huestis has teamed with Powell to provide a solid one-two punch on the boards. Huestis is averaging 9.3 rebounds per game, while Powell averages 8.2 rebounds per game.
WASHINGTON: The Huskies are making their seventh NIT appearance... Senior G Abdul Gaddy has piled up 460 career assists, which ranks third all-time in the Husky record book. He trails Will Conroy (515, 2002-05) and Chester Dorsey (466, 1974-77)... Junior G C.J. Wilcox leads the team in scoring, averaging 16.7 points per game. WIth 207 career three-point field goals, Wilcox sits third on the school's all-time list (Ryan Appleby -231; Deon Luton - 212)...
Senior G Scott Suggs is shooting 20-of-39 (.513) from three-point range over the last six games.
ODDS & ENDS... In 108 conference games played to date, 57 have been decided by single digits, with 40 of those games decided by five or fewer points... Pac-12 teams sport a 148-56 (.725) home court record so far this season. In Pac-12 play, the home team held a slight 65-43 (.602) advantage.