I would defy anyone to come up with a catch-all label for the Pac-12's performance Thursday in the NCAA Tournament's round of 64.
The conference was all over the map, while winning decisively (Oregon), losing at the buzzer (Arizona State) and looking terrible (Colorado).
No. 7-seeded Oregon looked like the team that started and finished the regular season well, as the opposed to the version of the Ducks that slumped in the middle. Oregon beat No. 10 BYU 87-68 with superior athletic ability and good defense. The Ducks now have to play No. 2 Wisconsin on Saturday in what amounts to a road game at Milwaukee, Wis.
Arizona State looked bad against Stanford in last week's Pac-12 tournament quarterfinals, but the No. 10 Sun Devils produced a good effort in an 87-85 loss to Texas. Jordan Bachynski scored 25 points for ASU and the game appeared destined for overtime, but Texas' Cameron Ridley grabbed an offensive rebound and scored at the buzzer.
If the efforts of Oregon and ASU gave the Pac-12 some credibility, Colorado's performance was an embarrassment. The No. 8 Buffaloes lost 77-48 to Pittsburgh, and they played worse than the score indicated. Colorado trailed 33-9 and 52-21 along the way.
The Buffs did a great job to reach the tournament after Spencer Dinwiddie's knee injury in mid-January, but some of what they achieved this season certainly was undone by that showing.
Three more Pac-12 teams will play today: No. 10 Stanford meets New Mexico (11:40 a.m. MDT), No. 1 Arizona faces Weber State (12:10 p.m.) and No. 4 UCLA plays Tulsa (7:57 p.m.).
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