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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
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Arizona (Tucson Citizen)
» Hansen's Sunday Notebook: Mermuys makes NBA coaching leap; Johnson nears deal
» Arizona football: Hill named to another watch list
» Freshman facts, Part II
» Arizona football: Cats raising money for Cystic fibrosis

Oregon (The Oregonian)
» Team USA sprinter Travon Bromell rolls through the first round of World Junior qualifing
» Nick Aliotti, longtime Oregon Ducks defensive coordinator, will join Pac-12 Network in fall
» Oregon freshman Raevyn Rogers finishes sixth in 800 heat: IAAF World Junior Championships 2014
» Pac-12 Media Days schedule: What to watch for Oregon Ducks fans

Oregon State (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
» Oregon State hires longtime trainer hired Fred Tedeschi
» Beavers hire Mark Massari as deputy athletics director
» Oregon State hands out Bennys to top athletes, coaches and teams
» OSU fishing: MacDonald, Martinez win conference tournament

Stanford (San Jose Mercury-News)
» WNBA All-Star game: Chiney Ogwumike gets even with sister
» Local digest: Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry in hunt at Lake Tahoe golf tournament
» Stanford graduates Chiney and Nneka Ogwumike meet again as WNBA all stars
» Sports digest: Ogwumike sisters are WNBA All-Stars

UCLA (Los Angeles Daily News)
» UCLA Football Notebook: Running back Malcolm Jones loses appeal for extra season
» College Football: Position coach Adrian Klemm says UCLA offensive line a work in progress
» 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

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)
» Setting the stage for Pac-12 media days
» Morning links: Hawaii picked to finish last in the Mountain West
» Marquese Chriss dazzles at Under Armour Finals
» NBA legend Michael Cooper diagnosed with tongue cancer

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» College football is just around the corner
» It's not too long now
» Three Vandals on preseason all-Sun Belt teams
» Indians go wire-to-wire in first half



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