LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 09: Nick Johnson #13 of the Arizona Wildcats goes up for a shot against Ahmad Starks #3 of the Oregon State Beavers in the second half in the semifinals of the 2012 Pacific Life Pac-12 men's basketball tournament at Staples Center on March 9, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Arizona Wildcats Lose Pac-12 Championship Game At Buzzer For Second Straight Year

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Pac-12 Championship Game: Arizona Wildcats Lose At Buzzer To Colorado Buffaloes

The season is over, folks. Maybe the Arizona Wildcats head to the NIT -- I sure hope they don't -- but any chance of reaching the NCAA Tournament is basically gone. So much potential, so much hope, and the team simply fell short for various reason, some they had control over and others they did not.

This season will go down as the year of what-ifs for the program. What if Kevin Parrom isn't shot weeks before the season? What if Josiah Turner plays up to his potential out of high school? What if Brendon Lavender shoots the lights out in non-conference play the way he did in conference play? We'll never know.

Arizona went cold from the field and simply could not hit anything in the second half. The 'Cats cut the deficit to two points with 15 seconds to go. After two missed free throws from the Buffaloes, Nick Johnson brought the ball down and passed to Kyle Fogg. While a two would have sufficed, Fogg settled for a sloppy, fadeaway three-pointer with the defense in his face.

The shot fell short, just like the Arizona Wildcats in 2011-2012.

Congratulations to the University of Colorado. They played stellar defense all afternoon and forced Arizona into horrible shots all game. For a team predicted to finish 10th in the conference at the beginning of the year, this is quite the achievement for the program.

Next year will be different. Bet on that.

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Pac-12 Championship Game: Arizona Wildcats Trail Colorado Buffaloes At Halftime

The Arizona Wildcats got off to a bit of a slow start on Saturday afternoon, but some clutch shooting from behind the arc helped keep the team in the game. The Colorado Buffaloes have done a nice job attacking the rim and are also keeping the UA out of the lane and are forcing them to take outside shots. After one half of play, the Buffaloes lead the Wildcats by a score of 30-28.

The three UA seniors stepped up big time in the first 20 minutes; Kyle Fogg leads all scorers with 10 points, Brendon Lavender hit both of his attempts from behind the arc, and Jesse Perry battled down low for seven points and two rebounds. Nick Johnson continues to shoot poorly and has just three points on six shots.

A good sign for the Wildcats: they turned the ball over just four times in the first half. The bad news: they were out-rebounded by nine by Colorado.

CU was led by freshman Spencer Dinwiddle, who went 3-for-3 from behind the arc for his nine points. Andre Roberson and Carlon Brown both had six points, while Austin Dufault added four and five rebounds.

This game is going to come down to energy down the stretch. Fatigue could definitely become an issue for both sides with the hectic schedule they played this week. Neither team is in serious foul trouble, although Perry and Roberson both have two.

The second half is about to get underway. The game is being aired on CBS.


Pac-12 Tournament Championship: Arizona Wildcats Face Colorado Buffaloes For NCAA Tournament Bid

This is it for the Arizona Wildcats; win the game, and they go dancing at the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Lose to the Colorado Buffaloes and their season is likely headed for the NIT. After two gutsy performances against UCLA and Oregon St., the UA has to feel good about their chances on Saturday afternoon.

The Buffaloes are a very talented team and sat near the top of the conference for most of the year until fading late down the stretch. They run a very similar offense compared to the Wildcats and are comparable in size in the paint. For a team once predicted to finish 10th in the Pac-12 at the beginning of the season, head coach Tad Boyle has done a tremendous job this season.

How did Colorado get here? They knocked off Utah in the opening round, won a thriller at the buzzer over third-seeded Oregon, and pulled a big upset on Friday night when they beat the Cal Bears by a score of 70-59. The championship game will be their fourth game in four days and they will be less than 18 hours removed from playing their last game.

Carlon Brown is CU's best scoring threat and is averaging 17 points in the tournament thus far. Look for Kyle Fogg to guard him whenever he is on the floor. Andre Roberson is one of the better rebounders in the entire country and averaged a double-double this year. Look for Jesse Perry, Angelo Chol and occasionally Solomon Hill to guard him.

Lanky senior forward Austin Dufault is a very solid player for Colorado and does a little bit of everything. Freshman guard Spencer Dinwiddie can light it up from behind the arc, but his shot has been off in recent games.

In their two matchups in the regular season, they both won at home. CU won at the buzzer in the first meeting, and UA claimed a 14-point victory while at the McKale Center.

Projected Starters: Jordin Mayes, Kyle Fogg, Nick Johnson, Solomon Hill, Jesse Perry

Final Thoughts: This will be a very intense game from the start given the circumstances and the bid to the NCAA Tournament that will be awarded to the winner. Fatigue for both teams could become an issue in the second half, especially for Colorado given their schedule this week. The Wildcats simply cannot let Carlon Brown get open looks from the field and containing Andre Roberson is a must if they hope to win.

I'll say the Wildcats ride their tournament experience and veteran leadership down the stretch and go on to claim a 69-64 victory.

For more on the Pac-12 championship, be sure to check out Arizona Desert Swarm and The Ralphie Report.


Pac-12 Basketball Tournament, Arizona Vs. Colorado Schedule, TV Schedule And More

The Pac-12 Tournament will reach its close on Saturday as the tournament final game will be played and one team will come away with the conference's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament to be part of March Madness. It will either be the Arizona Wildcats, who beat the Oregon State Beavers 72-61 Friday night or the Colorado Buffalos, who beat the California Bears 70-59.

The Wildcats are considered to be very much on the bubble for an at-large bid for the NCAA Tourney, so they obviously do not want to have to leave their fate to the selection committee. They would much rather win the Pac-12 and get in automatically.

If Arizona wins, it could be the only Pac-12 team to make the tournament. Considering their regular season ending loss to Arizona State, it appeared that a conference tournament championship would be teh only way to get them in.

As for the game, here's what you need to know:

Championship Game teams: #6 Colorado Buffalos (21-11, 11-7 Pac-12) vs. #4 Arizona Wildcats (22-10, 12-6 Pac-12)

Date, Game Time: Saturday March 10, 3:00 PM PST

Location: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA


Series this season: Each team won their home game against the other. Colorado had a one-point win in Boulder, while Arizona won 71-57 in Tucson.

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Pac-12 Tournament 2012: Arizona Wildcats Defeat OSU Beavers 72-61

The Arizona Wildcats were on the wrong side of a 20-4 run towards the end of the first half, but a monster 22-5 run of their own to start the second half propelled the team to a 71-62 victory over the Oregon St. Beavers. The UA simply executed much better than their counterparts down the stretch and played stellar defense once again against a hot-shooting team.

Kyle Fogg, a senior who set the school record for all-time games played at the beginning of the evening, scored 22 points, 17 of which came in the second half. Fogg went 3-for-5 from behind the arc and did his work against Jared Cunningham, one of the better defenders in the conference. Jesse Perry stepped up big time and recorded a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Solomon Hill fouled out mid-way through the second half, but managed to score 12 points in limited playing time.

Roberto Nelson had a huge game for the Beavers off the bench and finished with 19 points. Cunningham, arguably the best scorer in the Pac-12, ended with 14 points on 14 shots. Devon Collier played well and ended with 15 points, but fouled out late and was held in check by Angelo Chol for much of the second half.

The Wildcats now have less than 24 hours to rest before taking on the winner of the Colorado-California game that will be played later this evening.


Pac-12 Tournament 2012: Arizona Wildcats Outworked In First Half, Trail Oregon State Beavers 34-27

The Arizona Wildcats started off the game well, taking an early 10-2 lead in the opening minutes and eventually going up 23-14. Despite the strong start, the UA went cold from the field and began turning the ball over, which led to a 15-4 run from the Oregon St. Beavers. Solomon Hill picked up his third foul late in the half, Jesse Perry has two fouls himself and the 'Cats trail the Beavers by a score of 34-27.

Hill led the way with eight points, including two 3-pointers, but he also turned the ball over three times. Perry has six and senior guard Kyle Fogg has five points and five rebounds. Nick Johnson shot 1-for-6 in the first half and has just three points.

Jared Cunningham and Devon Collier both had 11 points for OSU, and the two combined to shoot 9-for-13 from the field. Roberto Nelson added five points off the bench, and as a whole the Beavers out-rebounded Arizona by a total of 20-11.

The fate of the Wildcats is looking pretty dark right now. Their best player is in foul trouble, the opposing team has more energy and they continue to turn the ball over at an alarming rate.

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Pac-12 Tournament 2012: Arizona Wildcats Prepare For Upset Minded Oregon State Beavers

The Arizona Wildcats knew they would have a tough road to a Pac-12 championship if they hoped to win the conference title. After a gutsy victory over the UCLA Bruins on Thursday, the UA will have a quick turnaround before facing the Oregon St. Beavers on Friday evening. Most figured the No. 1 seed Washington Huskies would walk right past the 7-11 Beavers, but a strong shooting performance and solid execution down the stretch led OSU to a victory at the buzzer.

The Wildcats faced the Beavers only one time in the regular season, and they needed overtime at home in order to secure the win. The two teams do not like each other; at the 2011 Pac-12 Tournament, Joe Burton was ejected for throwing an elbow into the face of Kevin Parrom. Earlier this season, a small brawl broke out in OT in front of the Arizona bench.

Needless to say, do not be surprised if the game gets a bit physical, especially in the second half. This is do-or-die for both schools.

Arizona will likely go with the same starting lineup it used on Thursday, which consisted of Jordin Mayes, Kyle Fogg, Nick Johnson, Solomon Hill and Jesse Perry.

As far as predictions go, I would like to think the Wildcats will go in as the favorites, but this Oregon State team can play and easily win this evening. The UA has to do a good job of protecting the boards and they cannot afford to turn the ball over against the Beavers and their pesky zone defense if they hope to win. In the end, I think the 'Cats hit a few more free throws down the stretch and win by a score of 71-69.


Pac-12 Basketball Tournament, Arizona Vs. Oregon State Schedule, TV Schedule And More

The Pac-12 tournament moves into the semifinal rounds on Friday evening and the Arizona Wildcats are looking at a golden opportunity. Sean Miller and his team will face off against the surprise of the tournament, that being Craig Robinson and the Oregon State Beavers. The Beavers are coming off an upset win over top seeded Washington and will look to extend their season a little bit more when they take on the Arizona Wildcats during the first game of the evening.

For Arizona the matchup against Oregon State means that they won't have to face a Washington team that beat them twice during the regular season. Instead they get the eighth seeded Beavers and what feels like a much more manageable path to the Pac-12 conference championship game.

Once they reach that point, Arizona will be on the verge of locking down an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. That would obviously prove to be an important step for Arizona who was considered a very iffy bubble team at best following a season ending loss to rival Arizona State.

Here's what you need to know:

Game 1 Teams: #4 Arizona Wildcats (22-10, 12-6 Pac-12) vs #9 Oregon State Beavers (19-13, 7-11 Pac-12)

Date, Game Time: Friday March 9th, 6:00 PM PST

Location: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA


Series this season: Arizona won the one and only matchup between these two teams this year. Due to the unbalanced schedule in the Pac-12 the Beavers made the trip to Tuscon but never had the favor returned. While Oregon State couldn't pull out the victory, they did push the Wildcats to overtime losing 81-73. For Arizona the near miss and Oregon State's upset over Washington should be enough to keep them from overlooking a lower seeded opponent.

To discuss the Pac-12 tournament, head on over to Pacific Takes. To talk about the game with Arizona fans, check out Arizona Desert Swarm. To examine the game with Oregon State fans, hit up Building the Dam.


Pac-12 Tournament Bracket And Schedule: Arizona Wildcats To Face Oregon State Beavers In Semifinals

The Arizona Wildcats knocked off the UCLA Bruins on Thursday night and reached the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals for the second straight year. While most had them pencilled in to face the one-seed Washington Huskies, a gutsy performance from the No. 8 Oregon St. Beavers led them to a thrilling upset victory to set them up with the Wildcats.

The UA and OSU met up once in the regular season, and the 'Cats needed overtime to come away with the victory at home. Jared Cunningham is an electric scorer for the Beavers and Devon Collier lit up the Huskies for 19 points. Big man Joe Burton does a little bit of everything and is capable of scoring, rebounding and even handling the ball and dishing it out to teammates.

Despite their 7-11 mark in conference play, Arizona cannot take Oregon State lightly for even a minute. This team has a ton of talent and they're hungry for the automatic bid that comes along with winning the conference title.

The game is scheduled for a 6 p.m. tipoff from Los Angeles, which is 7 p.m. in Arizona. FOX Sports Net will have the coverage once again.

For more on the Wildcats, head on over to AZ Desert Swarm.


Pac-12 Tournament 2012: Arizona Wildcats Defeat UCLA Bruins As Solomon Hill Has Career Night

The Arizona Wildcats advanced in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament thanks to some stellar defense, execution down the stretch, and strong free throw shooting in the closing moments. The game against the UCLA Bruins certainly wasn't pretty to watch -- and there was some very questionable officiating for both sides in the second half -- but the UA battled through it and came away with the 66-58 victory.

Solomon Hill had a monster game and carried his team throughout. The junior forward went off for 25 points and did so on just nine attempts from the field, and made 12 of his 14 shots from the free throw line. Hill brought down 12 rebounds and recorded three steals, although he did commit five turnovers. Jesse Perry had a big game as well while primarily guarding Travis and David Wear, and ended with 16 points and 12 rebounds.

Kyle Fogg was heavily guarded throughout most of the game and saw only a few clean looks at the basket, but managed to end with 13 points of his own. Nick Johnson continued to struggle offensively, but the 6'2'' freshman recorded four blocks, two of which came down the stretch. Senior sharp-shooter Brendon Lavender found himself open more times than not, but simply could not knock any of his shots down, going 1-for-6 from the field for two points.

The Wildcats continually attacked the rim in the second half and fouled out Josh Smith with nearly 10 minutes to go. Between the two Wear brothers, Travis fouled out with three minutes left and David was limited all game while sitting on the bench.

In a game that had many -- myself included -- worried about UCLA's size advantage in the paint, the UA won the rebounding battle by a total of 37-28.

Next up for Arizona: the Oregon St. Beavers, who won a thriller over top-seed Washington. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. MST.


Pac-12 Tournament 2012, Arizona vs. UCLA: Wildcats Start Strong, Hold Lead At Halftime

The Arizona Wildcats know they have to win the Pac-12 Tournament if they hope to make the NCAA Tournament next week. Despite being undermanned and undersized, the UA dug in defensively and built an early lead over the UCLA Bruins. At halftime, the Wildcats lead 29-23.

One word to describe the game thus far: sloppy. The two teams have combined for 19 field goals and 18 turnovers, nine each. The Bruins shot just 34.5% from the field, while Arizona converted just under 40% of their shots. Just one player has more than seven points -- Solomon Hill had a great first half with 11 -- and only four players scored in the first half for Arizona.

Kyryl Natyazhko even hit a jumper. He hasn't played in essentially two months.

Jesse Perry has seven points and Kyle Fogg has added six of his own. Jerime Anderson and Lazeric Jones have six points each for UCLA, and Travis Wear has five with three rebounds.

Fogg and Josh Smith both have two fouls and that will be something to monitor in the second half. No other players have more than one.

It certainly wasn't a pretty first 20 minutes, but Arizona did what they needed to in order to hold a lead at halftime. Simply put, the 'Cats win this game if they continue their defensive intensity.


Pac-12 Tournament 2012: Arizona Wildcats Face UCLA Bruins With Everything On The Line

This is it for the 2011-2012 Arizona Wildcats; at this point in the season, it's win or go home, even if the venue isn't the NCAA Tournament. Most had the UA squarely on the bubble heading into their very winnable game against Arizona St., but a pathetic defensive showing led to an embarrassing road loss that all-but-ended their at-large bid chances.

Now, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the Wildcats likely have to win the Pac-12 Conference Tournament if they hope to go dancing next week. Their first opponent: the UCLA Bruins, who nearly swept Arizona in the regular season.

The Bruins feature size in the paint with Josh Smith, Travis Wear and David Wear, and their guards have started to play much better as of late. UCLA knocked off the USC Trojans in the first round on Wednesday, and they will be about 21 hours removed from last playing.

A key question to watch for: will the Bruins come out fatigued, or does their hot shooting continue over from the second half of the USC game? Arizona has a tendency to start games slowly and they cannot afford to dig themselves into an early hole.

Josiah Turner has been suspended for the tournament and will likely be replaced in the starting lineup by sophomore Jordin Mayes. While not the electric playmaker Turner can be at times, Mayes is solid running the point, assuming his foot is healthy. The young guard has had injury problems throughout his career in Tucson and missed most of the last month with a stress reaction in his foot. Other than Mayes, look for freshman Nick Johnson and senior Brendon Lavender to handle the ball handling duties.

If the Wildcats hope to win, they must protect the glass. The Bruins are relentless when crashing the boards and will have the UA seriously out-sized in the paint. Guys like Jesse Perry and Angelo Chol have to play well in order for the 'Cats to have any chance of advancing.

I'm expecting a closely contested game, but the size and talent that UCLA brings around the rim terrifies me. The game is closely contested throughout, but I see the Bruins winning 68-64 as a disappointing season in Tucson comes to an end.


Pac-12 Basketball Tournament 2012, Arizona Vs. UCLA: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

As the quarterfinals of the 2012 Pacific Life Pac-12 Tournament get underway on Thursday, the No. 4 seeded Arizona Wildcats (21-10, 12-6 Pac-12) will take on the No. 5 UCLA Bruins (19-13, 11-7 Pac-12) at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The Bruins have won the last three meetings in this tournament against Arizona (75-69 in 2010; 71-59 in 2006; 96-89 in OT in 2003). In fact Arizona's only win against them was in 1990 with a 94-78 victory. Nevertheless Arizona is fresh off their first round bye, and possibly have some pent up aggression after falling to their rivals Arizona State in their last game on Sunday.

This is the 86th meeting between these schools with UCLA holding a 49-36 advantage. Arizona has won 16 of the last 30 matchups, including a 65-63 win in Tucson on Feb. 25 in their last meeting. Arizona is 10-9 since 2002 in conference play.

Time: 2:40 p.m. PST

Location: Staples Center (19,282), Los Angeles, Calif.

Radio: IMG College/Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Matt Muehlebach)

TV: FOX Sports Net (Kevin Calabro/Don MacLean/Rebecca Haarlow)

For more on the Wildcats, please check out AZ Desert Swarm. For the Bruins side of things, check out Bruins Nation.


Pac-12 Tournament 2012 Bracket Reactions: Stanford Blows Past Arizona State

Round one of the Pac-12 tournament is finished. Here's a quick reaction from the House of Sparky of Arizona State's 85-65 loss to Stanford on Wednesday:

Stanford 85, Arizona State 65

This Pac-12 Tournament loss has to be viewed as a bit of a disappointment given ASU's solid play against the Arizona Wildcats in Sunday's 87-80 win. That game could have been a springboard to an exciting tournament run. Instead, the ghosts of ASU's season re-emerged and prevented the Sun Devils from moving on. (Via: House of Sparky)

The other big news coming out of the Pac-12 tournament on Wednesday was the suspension of Arizona guard Josiah Turner.

Here's the take from Arizona State Desert Swarm:

At the very least, this is a sign the guy hasn't learned his lesson.

We can speculate on his position with the team later, but for now, this is what we know: Arizona is without its starting point guard and even though back-up Jordin Mayes has returned from injury, he's been off and on the court since summertime, when he underwent foot surgery.

See an up-to-date bracket here.

To discuss the Pac-12 Tournament in general, head to Pacific Takes. To talk about Arizona State basketball head on over to House of Sparky. For Arizona Wildcats basketball discussion, check out Arizona Desert Swarm.


Pac-12 Tournament Bracket, Quarterfinals 2012: Arizona State Eliminated, Arizona To Face UCLA

Day one of the Pac-12 tournament is in the books. Here is a recap of Wednesday's action at the Staples Center:

The Arizona State Sun Devils' hopes for the NCAA tournament were dashed on Wednesday after losing in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament to the Stanford Cardinal, 85-65. Chanse Creekmur led the Sun Devils with 13 points off the bench. Stanford jumped out to a 50-30 halftime lead and held off the Sun Devils in the second half.

Arizona will see its first action against the UCLA Bruins on Thursday. UCLA beat USC 55-40 behind a game-high 15 points from Lazeric Jones. The Bruins' defense held USC to 29 percent shooting on Wednesday.

In the other two first round games, Oregon State beat Washington State 69-64. Devon Collier was 7-for-8 for the field and scored a game-high 19 points for the Beavers.

Colorado took down the Utah Utes by a score of 53-41 in the final game of Wednesday. Three Buffaloes finished with double-digit point totals, including Andre Robinson who led the team with 20 points.

See an up-to-date Pac-12 tournament bracket here.

To discuss the Pac-12 Tournament in general, head to Pacific Takes. To talk about Arizona State basketball head on over to House of Sparky. For Arizona Wildcats basketball discussion, check out Arizona Desert Swarm.


Pac-12 Tournament Bracket And TV Schedule: Arizona Plays UCLA Without Josiah Turner

The Arizona Wildcats and the UCLA Bruins face off in the 2012 Pac-12 Tournament on Thursday afternoon, and Arizona will have to try and capture this contest and two more without starting point guard Josiah Turner. Arizona's offense doesn't seem to need a real point guard this year (all the Wildcats have done a decent job distributing the basketball even though they've struggled with turnovers). Still, Arizona has had plenty of trouble matching up with UCLA this week. The Bruins have split the two contests with the Wildcats and nearly beat Arizona in Tucson, and this'll be a semi-home contest.

If Arizona wins, they will face the winner of the Washington-Oregon State matchup on Friday night.

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Bracket schedule and TV information are below. All times are PT.

Quarterfinals: Thursday, March 8

12 p.m.: No. 1 Washington Huskies vs. No. 9 Oregon St. Beavers (Fox Sports Net)
2:30 p.m.: No. 4 Arizona vs. No. 5 UCLA (Fox Sports Net)
6 p.m.: No. 2 California Golden Bears vs. No. 7 Stanford Cardinal (Fox Sports Net)
8:30 p.m.: No. 3 Oregon Ducks vs. No. 6 Colorado Buffaloes (Fox Sports Net)

Semifinals: Friday, March 9

6 p.m. - Semifinal #1: Washington-Oregon State winner vs. Arizona-UCLA winner (Fox Sports Net)
8:30 p.m. - Semifinal #2: Cal-Stanford winner vs. Oregon-Colorado winner (Fox Sports Net)

Championship: Saturday, March 10
3 p.m. - Championship Game (CBS)

Here is the original bracket in PDF form.

To discuss the Pac-12 tournament with Arizona basketball fans, head on over to Arizona Desert Swarm. To talk about the Pac-12 tournament with UCLA basketball fans, check out Bruins Nation. To learn more about the Pac-12 tournament in general, hit up Pacific Takes.


Arizona State Vs. Stanford, Final Score: Sun Devils Eliminated From Pac-12 Tourney 85-65

The Pac-12 Tournament got underway earlier Wednesday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and the Stanford Cardinal and Arizona State Sun Devils locked horns to see who moves on to the next round. And behind a record-setting performance from Stanford's Chasson Randle, the Cardinal easily eliminated the Sun Devils by the score of 85-65.

The Sun Devils (10-21, 6-12 Pac-12), came out flat and never could get fully into gear, taking a 20-point defecit into the locker room at halftime and never recovered. They were led by Chanse Creekmur's 13 off the bench, while Jordan Bachynski had 11 and four rebounds.

As for the Cardinal (21-10, 10-8 Pac-12) they were led by Chasson Randle's incredible night, setting a new Pac-12 record with 27 points in the first half, breaking Klay Thompson's old mark of 25 set last year. Randle cooled off in the second half, finishing the game with a new career-high 30 points on 7-11 shooting including 6-8 from downtown.

The Cardinal now move on to face their arch-rival California on Thursday in the next round of the Pac-12 tournament, with tip-off set for 6 p.m.

For more on the Cardinal, head over to Rule of Tree. To talk som Sun Devil shop, head over to House of Sparky.


Arizona State Vs. Stanford, Halftime Score: Sun Devils Trail 50-30 After Chasson Randle's 27 Point First Half

Both the Arizona State Sun Devils and Stanford Cardinal came into the Pac-12 tournament off of big wins against each of their respective rivals, looking to keep the good times rolling tonight at the Staples Center in Los Angels. But the Sun Devils simply came out sluggish and never recovered as the Cardinal lead big after the first half by the score of

Chasson Randle had an amazing first half, dropping 27 first half points to set new Pac-12 tournament record for points in a half, eclipsing WSU's Klay Thompson's mark of 25 last year. Randle was simply lights out, shooting 6-8 from the floor including 5-6 from downtown, as well as three steals. Aaron Bright had nine, while Dwight Powell five. Obviously it was all Randle for the Cardinal.

ASU finished on a 9-3 run to cut the lead to 20, but are seriously struggling thus far. Jordan Bachynski leads the way with eight points and while Jonathan Gilling and Chanse Creekmur had six. They've also committed 10 turnovers and had only nine rebounds in the entire half.

The Sun Devils are going to have to step it up big time if they want to overcome this big hole they've dug for themselves.

For more on the Cardinal, head over to House of Sparky. For the Cardinal side of things, head over to Rule of Tree.


Pac-12 Basketball Tournament 2012: Arizona Wildcats Suspend Josiah Turner Indefinitely

The Arizona Wildcats probably need to win the Pac-12 Tournament if they plan on earning an NCAA bid. Their at-large candidacy was submarined with an embarrassing loss to lowly in-state rival Arizona State. They need three wins in three nights to keep on playing and start dancing.

They'll have to do it without their troubled freshman guard Josiah Turner.

Turner has gotten in trouble before. He was suspended for a crucial contest against Florida that Arizona eventually lost in overtime, then he was involved in crucial mishaps in a few of their losses. Turner has done okay in passing the basketball but has really struggled with his turnovers and is the worst shooter among the usual five. It's clear that Turner is probably going to be on thin ice if he returns for the postseason or when the offseason commences, particularly with a talented freshman class that has a player or two that could take away his spot.

To discuss Turner and the Wildcats, head on over to Arizona Desert Swarm.


Pac-12 Basketball Tournament, Stanford Vs. Arizona State: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Pac-12 Conference Tournament hits full stride Wednesday evening when Stanford meets the Arizona Sun Devils at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The winner draws #2 seed Cal on Thursday at 6:00pm PT. Here's what you need to know:

Teams: #7 Stanford Cardinal (20-10, 10-8 Pac-12) vs #10 Arizona State Sun Devils (10-20, 6-12 Pac-12)

Date, Game Time: Wednesday, March 7th, 6:00 PM PST

Location: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA

TV: FSN/ROOT NW - Steve Physioc, and Marques Johnson on the call with Rebecca Haarlow courtside.

Live Online Streaming: If you're looking some extras, the Pac-12 Conference's YouTube channel - YouTube.com/pac12conf - will be live streaming non-televised games, post-game press conferences for the semifinals and championship games, and all live streams will be free of charge and no registration is necessary. Head over to the the Pacific Life Pac-12 Tournament page and click on the link - YouTube.com/pac12conf, and starting Wednesday, the page will automatically default to any live streams that are underway.

Series History: The Cardinal holds a 42-30 edge over Arizona State in the all-time series, dating back to 1957. Stanford has won six of the last 10 and 23 of the last 29 contests overall dating back to 1998 and have won four straight in the series, including a 68-44 rout back on Feb. 2 at Maples Pavilion. The Sun Devils will look to buck this trend and there's no better time to do that than in the end-of-the-year tournament.

For more on the Stanford Cardinal, head over to Rule of Tree. For more on the Sun Devils, head to House of Sparky.


Pac-12 Tournament Preview: Sun Devils Look To Ride Momentum Into Wednesday's Slate With Stanford

Will Arizona State be able to pull of it's second straight improbable victory to keep their season alive? We preview their chances against Stanford by breaking down what needs to go right.


Pac-12 Basketball Tournament 2012 Bracket And Schedule: Arizona Receives First-Round Bye With No. 4 Seed

The Arizona Wildcats are in a very good position for the 2012 Pac-12 Tournament, which kicks off on Wednesday in Los Angeles. Although their at-large hopes for the NCAA Tournament may have disappeared with their upset loss to the Arizona St. Sun Devils on Sunday, they still have a chance at claiming the Pac-12 championship. They'll enter the tournament as the No. 4 seed and will face the winner of Wednesday's game between the USC Trojans and UCLA Bruins in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

The Sun Devils, meanwhile, enter the tournament as the No. 10 seed and will meet the No. 7 seed Stanford Cardinal in the opening round. If they prevail, they'll advance to the quarterfinals to take on the second-seeded California Golden Bears.

You can find the full TV schedule for the entire tournament below. All times are Pacific.

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First Round: Wednesday, March 7
Noon: No. 8 Washington State vs. No. 9 Oregon State (Fox Sports Net)
2:30 p.m.: No. 5 UCLA vs. No. 12 USC (Fox Sports Net)
6 p.m.: No. 7 Stanford vs. No. 10 Arizona State (Fox Sports Net)
8:30 p.m.: No. 6 Colorado vs. No. 11 Utah (Fox Sports Net)

Second Round: Thursday, March 8
12 p.m.: No. 1 Washington vs. Oregon State/Washington State winner (Fox Sports Net)
2:30 p.m.: No. 4 Arizona vs. UCLA/USC winner (Fox Sports Net)
6 p.m.: No. 2 Cal vs. Stanford/Arizona State winner (Fox Sports Net)
8:30 p.m.: No. 3 Oregon vs. Colorado/Utah winner (Fox Sports Net)

Semifinals: Friday, March 9

6 p.m. - Semifinal #1: Winners of early Thursday games (Fox Sports Net)
8:30 p.m. - Semifinal #2: Winners of evening Thursday games (Fox Sports Net)

Championship: Saturday, March 10
3 p.m. - Championship Game (CBS)

For all news and information regarding the Arizona Wildcats, please visit Arizona Desert Swarm. For updates and perspective on the Arizona State Sun Devils, head on over to House of Sparky.


Pac-12 Basketball Tournament 2012 Bracket And Schedule: Arizona Draws No. 4 Seed, Will Play UCLA-USC Winner

The 2012 Pac-12 basketball tournament has the Arizona Wildcats drawing the number four seed and will play the winner of the USC Trojans and the UCLA Bruins. The Arizona State Sun Devils will play the Stanford Cardinal in Round 1.

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