Roundup: Cal, USC, CU and Stanford survive and advance
'Twas a great first day of action, but there wasn't a whole lot of doubt in the first game, as Cal manhandled Washington State 85-49. David Kravish had himself a game, going for 25 against the Cougs.
CougCenter is one of the best SB Nation sites out there, and this is one of many reasons why: CougCenter compiled tweets of Washington State fans saying goodbye to DaVonte Lacy.
Upset city, baby. No. 12 USC battled back from a double-digit second-half deficit to shock Arizona State 67-64. The Trojans are the first 12-seed to win a game in the Pac-12 tournament.
Paola Boivin believes that the heartbreaking loss to USC changes to narrative of Arizona State's season. The Forks had done so much in the second half of the season, but a collapse against the worst team record-wise in the conference leaves a bitter taste in the mouth.
After besting seventh-seeded Oregon State 78-71, Colorado is turning its attention toward Oregon (6 p.m. PT/7 p.m. MT, Pac-12 Networks). Also some sad news for Buffs fans, as former Colorado lineman Ryan Johanningmeier died Monday. He was 38.
Before the loss to Colorado, Gary Payton II said he's coming back to Oregon State and won't test the NBA draft waters.
The best ending was saved for last, as Chasson Randle's three-pointer lifted Stanford over Washington 71-69 to get into a quarterfinal matchup with Utah (8:30 p.m. PT/9:30 p.m. MT, ESPN). Afterwards, Randle said "it's about surviving and advancing."
Percy Allen gives us his three impressions from Washington's heartbreaking loss to Stanford.
As Utah gets ready for the Cardinal, Kyle Goon believes that Delon Wright could cement his legacy at Utah with some postseason success.
For all the good the Wildcats have done, the Associated Press reminds us that Arizona is looking for its first Pac-12 tournament title since 2002.
UCLA greets USC in a 2:30 p.m. PT quarterfinal (Pac-12 Networks), and Jack Wang thinks UCLA can't boost its resume with a win over USC. The Bruins still probably need to get to the Pac-12 tourney finals to feel good heading into Selection Sunday.
While Dana Altman's Boys are looking for some conference glory, the Oregon indoor track & field team will be looking to repeat at the NCAA championships in Arkansas. The men's and women's teams swept it last year.