USC men's basketball falls to UCLA in the Pac-12 tourney

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The Mountaineers will face No. 23 Iowa State in the tournament final today.

Arizona was getting better play out of their whole team than was UCLA.

Staying in the West means the Wildcats will have another shot at Gonzaga in an Elite Eight game in San Jose, Calif., if both teams win their first three games.

Otherwise, the cupboard's bare. They have hard decisions to make.

Thursday night's contest marked the third consecutive season in which UCLA opened its Pac-12 Tournament schedule against USC.

By adjusted efficiency, the Pac-12 was the worst of college basketball's power conferences this year.

OR took an early 10-6 lead before Arizona scored six points in a row.

No. 22 Notre Dame 77, No. 16 Florida State 73: Steve Vasturia and Bonzie Colson each scored 18 points and Notre Dame knocked off Florida State to advance to the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament title game.

There's been relatively little drama.

Cal has struggled against the league's three top-10-ranked schools going 0-6 against Arizona, Oregon and UCLA. As recently as Saturday morning a one seed still seemed in play. "But I think we did some good things to make minor changes that helped pick it up in the second half". And should the Wildcats be put in the West and win at Golden 1 Arena, they'll advance to San Jose. The top four seeds enjoy byes into the quarterfinals, while the bottom eight have first-round games for the right to join them there.

De'Aaron Fox scored a career-high 28 points, including seven straight down the stretch, and Malik Monk added 20 to lift No. 8 Kentucky past Alabama 79-74 in the Southeastern Conference Tournament semifinal on Saturday in Nashville, Tenn.

The NCAA Tournament will begin on Tuesday, March 14th through Wednesday, March 15th, with the playing of the "First Four" games in Dayton, Ohio. UCLA 4. Utah 5. Tyler Dorsey and Dillon Brooks were named to the all-tournament team, joining Torian Graham of Arizona State, Derrick White of Colorado and Lauri Markkanen of Arizona. The senior poured in 31 points after scoring 26 in an opening-round tournament victory over Washington State.

Golden 1 Center will host four first-round March Madness games Friday.

Why they'll win it " The Utes shoot better than nearly anyone in the country, and they have one of the better rebounding units in the Pac-12.

California dropped out of the bracket after losing to OR in the other Pac-12 semifinal. East Carolina rallied from a 22-point halftime deficit to tie the game before fading at the end. OR again fouled Trier, who drained two with 5.4 seconds to go. Sophomore guard Aaron Holiday couldn't do any better, shooting just 1-of-5 from 3. Dylan Ennis added 12 points while Kavell Bigby-Williams - Boucher's backup - finished with three points, six rebounds and two blocks. The bracket is released on Sunday afternoon beginning at 2:30 p.m. Game 6 victor, 9 p.m., Pac-12 Networks Game 10: Game 7 victor vs.

Semifinal 2 " Game 7 victor vs.

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