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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.

PAC-12 Links
Links from around the Pac-12
Arizona (Tucson Citizen)
» UA football: Your stories from the 'Hill Mary'
» Hansen's Sunday Notebook: Caldwell's pin count goes into record books
» UA football: Inside the numbers of UA's win
» UA football: My AP Top 25 ballot

Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
» ASU's rivalry with UCLA takes center stage
» ASU football practice report from Sunday
» College insider: ASU volleyball set for UA
» Jordan Simone goes from walk-on to playmaker

California (East Bay Tribune)
» Jeff Kent provides endowed women's scholarship to Cal athletics
» Cal athletics store celebrates football victory prematurely
» Cal coach Sonny Dykes to players: 'Hang in there'
» Cal Bears' big night in Arizona ends in nightmare finish

Colorado (Denver Post)
» Speedy freshman Donovan Lee gives CU Buffs another playmaker
» Colorado coached to avoid coin-toss glitches, MacIntyre says
» Colorado's MacIntyre gratified Buffs practiced hard Monday
» CU Buffs tackle Jeromy Irwin might play vs. Hawaii after concussion

Oregon (The Oregonian)
» Oregon Ducks open up Autzen Stadium doors for Fan Fest: Photo gallery
» Heisman Watch 2014: Alabama's Amari Cooper, Mississippi State's Dak Prescott join the party
» Oregon Ducks still No. 1, Utah and Oregon State rise in Week 4 Pac-12 Power Rankings
» How I voted in the The Oregonian's Pac-12 power ratings poll ... and why

Oregon State (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
» Oregon State roundup (Sept. 19)
» OSU men's basketball: Tinkle says positive steps being made
» Spencer to become new AD at Evansville
» BeaversSalute program gives tickets to military personnel and veterans

Stanford (San Jose Mercury-News)
» Local sports digest: Stanford, Cal in water polo showdown
» Stanford coach David Shaw goes digging
» Cal, Stanford Pac-12 men's basketball schedules announced
» Local sports digest: Stanford's Maverick McNealy ties for medalist honors

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)
» Huskies morning links: Kasen Williams on Stanford: 'It's going to be a showdown'
» Huskies get commitment from linebacker DJ Beavers
» Throw the ball more, says Huskies receiver Kasen Williams
» Huskies vs. Stanford, by the numbers: UW's Danny Shelton, Hau'oli Kikaha lead nation in sacks

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» Grading the Oregon game
» Wilson's ability can stand on its own
» Utah week
» A little night practice



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