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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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» UA football: My AP Top 25 poll
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» Cal opens at Northwestern with a much different look on defense
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Colorado (Denver Post)
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» CU Buffs aim to fix defensive alignment issues to fix run defense
» CU Buffs freshman WR Shay Fields gets off to impressive start
» Opening game loss a blow to Colorado's goal of a bowl bid

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» Stanford: Cardinal coach Shaw says he, USC's Sarkisian have no animosity
» Stanford overpowers UC Davis in season-opening win
» Stanford opens 2014 season without a No. 1 tailback -- again

UCLA (Los Angeles Daily News)
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» 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
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Washington (Seattle Times)
» Matisse Thybulle returns from Cal; Oregon and Zags next
» Huskies fall out of AP Top 25
» Lauren Jackson undergoes another surgery that increases doubt in WNBA return
» My AP Top 25: Georgia, Texas A&M rise; Huskies out

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
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