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Pac-12: Adams' absence will hurt UCLA

UCLA guard Jordan Adams' broken foot obviously will affect tonight's championship game of the Pac-12 basketball tournament in Las Vegas. The bigger issue is how the Bruins will deal with Adams' absence in the NCAA Tournament.

Adams had scored 24 points before being injured on the final defensive sequence of Friday's 66-64 semifinal victory over Arizona. For the season, the freshman is UCLA's No. 2 scorer with a 15.3 average.

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Another question is whether Adams' injury will hurt the Bruins in the NCAA seeding process. In that sense, how they play without him tonight may have a lot to say about their immediate future after they won the conference's regular-season title.

It's also an important game for Oregon, which staggered into the tournament with losses to Colorado and Utah. The No. 3-seeded Ducks survived an overtime game with Washington in the quarterfinals and then overwhelmed Utah with their defensive effort in a 64-45 victory.

No matter what happens tonight, all the evidence suggests five Pac-12 teams will be in the NCAA field: UCLA, Oregon, California, Arizona and Colorado.

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Arizona (Tucson Citizen)
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Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
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» Jaelen Strong has fast start to junior season
» Graham hopes Pac-12 has home in playoffs
» Quarter by quarter: ASU 45, Weber State 14

California (East Bay Tribune)
» Cal opens at Northwestern with a much different look on defense
» Fact box: Cal at Northwestern
» Cal's Cameron Walker matures at cornerback
» Wilner: New NCAA football playoff a recipe for controversy

Colorado (Denver Post)
» Colorado State's chances might be put on the line
» Colorado receiver Nelson Spruce succeeds on and off the field
» Rocky Mountain Showdown: CU Buffs-CSU Rams game information, matchups
» Kiszla: CU road to glory begins with winning at home

Oregon (The Oregonian)
» Oregon Ducks open up Autzen Stadium doors for Fan Fest: Photo gallery
» Play our 2014 College Football Pickoff game, with chance for weekly prizes and a grand prize trip
» When the Oregon Ducks face South Dakota, it'll be a reunion for Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and high school teammate
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» Oregon State hires longtime trainer hired Fred Tedeschi
» Beavers hire Mark Massari as deputy athletics director

Stanford (San Jose Mercury-News)
» Fact box: Stanford vs. UC-Davis
» Stanford opens 2014 season without a No. 1 tailback -- again
» Stanford prepares for UC Davis as memory of stunning 2005 loss lingers
» Stanford's Jordan Morris gets U.S. soccer call up from Klinsmann

UCLA (Los Angeles Daily News)
» UCLA Football Notebook: Running back Malcolm Jones loses appeal for extra season
» COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Improving UCLA has questions to answer during preseason football camp
» COLLEGE FOOTBALL: UCLA's prized recruit Eddie Vanderdoes cleared to play by NCAA after leaving Notre Dame
» Pac-12 Media Day: Eyes on Anthony Barr for UCLA's 2013 hopes

USC (Los Angeles Daily News)
» USC Football Notebook: Marqise Lee's injury not too serious
» USC Football Notebook: QBs Max Wittek, Cody Kessler present dilemma for Trojans coach Lane Kiffin
» USC FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Former UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel thinks Trojans might not miss QB Matt Barkley
» USC FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Dion Bailey says it's 'now or never'

Washington (Seattle Times)
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» Game prediction: Huskies should have all the answers against Hawaii
» Tristan Etienne exceeding early expectations
» Storm 2014 Exit Interviews: Waltiea Rolle made use of short WNBA stay

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
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» Eastern football links
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