Gymnasts were in a lighthearted mood ahead of Saturday's Pac-12 Championship in Corvallis, Oregon.
AUSTIN, Texas — As soon as the NCAA tournament bracket was released this past Sunday, several national media members leached on to No. 11 seed Minnesota as a favorite to upset No. 6 seed UCLA.
Minnesota's imposing front line combined with the Bruins missing second leading scorer Jordan Adams because of an injury gave the Golden Gophers and edge despite their seed in the eyes of some.
They were right. Minnesota snapped a three-game losing streak with an 83-63 win over UCLA at the Frank Erwin Center late Friday night.
Manning first base against Oregon on Friday night, Arizona's Joseph Maggi made a great defensive play. Maggi dove and caught Desmond Santos' hit faster than the camera could follow it:
Whatever Tad Boyle told his team in the locker room at halftime worked wonders in Colorado’s 2nd round NCAA tournament game. The Buffs' furious 2nd half comeback ultimately fell short however as Illinois eliminated Colorado 57-49 in Austin, Texas on Friday.
Askia Booker led the Buffs with 14 points, Andre Roberson had nine to go with eight boards and Josh Scott chipped in with eight points down low.
Saturday will mark the beginning of the Pac-12 Networks’ extensive and exclusive coverage of spring football. The networks will air all 12 teams’ spring game, starting with Cal’s on Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley.
The broadcast of every spring game will give fans exclusive access to fans that doesn’t exist throughout the season. For instance, in the case of Colorado’s spring game on April 13, new head coach Mike MacIntyre has agreed to be mic’d up to enhance the viewer’s experience.
Arizona at Oregon (Friday at 6 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Networks) Coming off a national title run supercharged by the nation's most productive offense, Arizona (0-3) isn't used to losing. They certainly aren't accustomed to being swept at home, but that happened to them this past weekend at the hands of blistering-hot Oregon State. Needless to say, the Wildcats' bounce-back effort in Eugene this Friday will be intriguing - and it'll be televised on the Pac-12 Networks at 6 p.m. PT.
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With Oregon taking care of Oklahoma State, Arizona besting Belmont and Cal defeating UNLV, the Pac-12 pitched a perfect game on Thursday with a 3-0 record.
How often does this happen? Well, it is the first time since 2009 that every Pac-12 team has won an NCAA tournament game on the same day with at least three teams playing.
Oregon was largely considered to be the most under-seeded team in this year's NCAA tournament, receiving a "12" next to its name on Selection Sunday. Looking at things glass-half-full-style, however, Rob Clark of the Register-Guard earlier this week wrote that it could be a lucky No. 12 for the Ducks.
Arizona was entrenched in a tight battle late in the first half of Thursday's NCAA tournament tilt with Belmont when the unthinkable happened -- Solomon Hill was whistled for his third personal foul. As expected, the senior forward was forced to sit the rest of the half. With the lead at just 23-19 after a made free throw and 2:59 to go before intermission, things could have potentially turned sour for the Wildcats.