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Pac-12: Basketball teams produce mixed results

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).

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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.).

PAC-12 Links
Links from around the Pac-12
Arizona (Tucson Citizen)
» Transcript: Fan chat during the Arizona vs. California football game
» UA football: WR Jones honored by Pac-12
» UA football: Your stories from the 'Hill Mary'
» Hansen's Sunday Notebook: Caldwell's pin count goes into record books

Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
» To beat UCLA, Sun Devils must put heat on QB
» ASU has prominent role in NCAA Final Four bid
» Devils expect QB Brett Hundley to play for UCLA
» Ex-ASU RB Marion Grice signs with Cardinals

California (East Bay Tribune)
» After one month, this is what we have learned about college football.
» Jeff Kent provides women's scholarship endowment to Cal athletics
» Grading Cal's 49-45 loss to Arizona
» Cal's game at Washington State on Oct. 4 to kick off at 7:30 p.m.

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
» Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota remains the one to beat for the Heisman Trophy
» The Beavers are becoming kings of late night television; Issues & Answers
» Washington State is investigating bottle throwing incident: Oregon Ducks rundown

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)
» After one month, this is what we have learned about college football.
» Grading Stanford's week: Cardinal has a bye
» Local sports digest: Stanford, Cal in water polo showdown
» Stanford coach David Shaw goes digging

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)
» After a week away, UW defensive lineman Joe Mathis returns to practice
» Video: UW's Andrew Hudson, DiAndre Campbell on Huskies' matchup with No. 16 Stanford
» Storm 2014 Exit Interviews: Temeka Johnson adapted to play as a backup
» Huskies morning links: Chris Petersen has history of success vs. Pac-12

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» Going back in time thanks to a golden voice
» Tuesday morning Pac-12 links
» Quoting Cracraft, Peterson and Eklund
» Utah: WSU game notes



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