Did the Pac 12 regular conference winner's bubble burst? The Washington Huskies are about as firmly on the bubble as possible after the No. 9 seed Oregon State Beavers upset the No. 1 seed Huskies 86-84. The Huskies looked listless in the first half but eventually battled back from a 13 point halftime deficit. The end of the game was either the drama of March or perfectly sums up the state of Pac 12 basketball, depending on your point of view. The teams combined for six straight missed free-throws in the final 30 seconds, 4 of which came from Husky phenom Tony Wroten.
Solomon Hill put the Arizona Wildcats on his back in a 66-58 over the UCLA Bruins. Hill finished with 25 points, 12 rebounds and three steals to offset six turnovers. Arizona was buoyed by fantastic free throw shooting, going 24 for 27 from the charity stripe. The loss pretty much guarantees UCLA will miss the NCAA tournament for the second time in three years.
Cal avenged last week's Stanford setback behind Jorge Gutierrez's 22 points, 19 of which were scored in the second half. Stanford freshmen Chasson Randle ended with 16 points but was harassed into 5-16 shooting as the No. 2 seeded Bears advanced to the semi-finals.
No. 3 seed Oregon and No. 6 seed Colorado battled it out for the entire game before Colorado finally pulled away with 10 seconds left en route to a 63-62 upset. Andre Robinson grabbed his 10th rebound and put the ball in the basket, notching his 18th Pac 12 double double this year.
Here is an interesting factoid though: never in the history of the Pac 12 tournament have all of the day's games been decided by single digits.
Here is the Pac 12 bracket as it stands now. The semifinals begin tomorrow live at Staples Center.
6 p.m. - No. 9 Oregon State Beavers vs No. 4 Arizona Wildcats (Fox Sports Net)
8:30 p.m. - No. 2 California Golden Bears vs No. 6 Colorado Buffaloes (Fox Sports Net)
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