Pac-12 Tourney: Beavers Should Be Easy Pickings Again
00:37, Mar 10, 2017
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The Sun Devils knocked off Stanford 98-88 in overtime on Wednesday to advance to the second round of the Pac-12 tournament. The Bruins already have played a game in the new Strip arena, beating Ohio State 86-73 on December 17. A strong 3-point performance in the second half gave the Ducks the chance to win the game at the end. Their only path into March Madness would be by winning the PAC-12 tournament, which starts today in Las Vegas.
OR (28-4) moves into the tournament semifinals Friday against the victor between No. 4-seed Utah and No. 5 California.
Junior forward Reid Travis was the leading scorer for Stanford, taking advantage of Arizona State's lack of size for 23 points, including four and-ones. He also posted 21 points and 17 boards in a win over city rival Seattle U. OR and Arizona were Pac-12 co-champs in the regular season.
Arizona State basketball isn't over the hump yet to becoming a top-50 team, but the crest at least is in sight.
Arizona State again shot well against the Cardinal, hitting 15 of 25 shots and 15 of 17 free throws in the first half. The Sun Devils led 7-0 in points off turnovers at half.
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LAS VEGAS - Quarterfinals action in the 2017 Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament will pit the conference's top seed OR against an upstart Arizona State squad with a tourney win under its belt. But, similarly to ASU's first-round matchup with USC in 2015, the game began to slip away. Oleka, the occasional beneficiary, had a career-high 27 points and 13 rebounds.
The final 4 minutes were all Ducks as the Sun Devils had no fight left in them to defend much or incentive to take anything but 3-pointers.
Charlie Moore chipped in 10 points and a team-high four assists, and Grant Mullins had six points before fouling out with 5:53 remaining.
Bell also ranks fourth in the Pac-12 with 2.1 blocks per game and ranks eighth with 1.4 steals. Arizona State won all three meetings with the Cardinal this season, and this was like the other two, settled late. Oleka's double-double was his 16th this season, most in school history since the Sun Devils joined the Pac-10 in 1978.
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Derrick White scored 17 of his 26 points in the second half, Xavier Johnson added 19 and Colorado rallied from a shaky first half to beat Washington State 73-63 Wednesday night in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament.
Oregon State shot 58.8% from three-point land. The seventh-seeded Buffaloes whittled into the lead by halftime and overtook the Cougars in the second behind White, who made 8 of 15 shots.
They will play the victor of Colorado vs. Washington State in a quarterfinal matchup on Thursday.
The Ducks had a first-round bye in the tournament after finishing the regular season with a 27-4 record. Charles Callison and Ike Iroegbu scored 16 points each, and Josh Hawkinson had 12 points and 12 rebounds. In order to win the tournament the Bruins will likely have to defeat the three teams they lost to during the regular season Arizona, Oregon, and USC. The future is bright for the Oregon State basketball team, but that won't make this seasons struggles any easier to digest for the players, coaches or the fans.
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