Mar 15, 2014; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UCLA Bruins head coach Steve Alford celebrates while cutting the net after the championship game of the Pac-12 Conference college basketball tournament against the Arizona Wildcats at MGM Grand Garden Arena. The Bruins defeated the Wildcats 75-71. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
I had meant to be more on top of the Pac-12 Tournament but my router decided otherwise.
Congrats to UCLA Bruins, I’m sure you and your 10’s of fans are very happy. Arizona missed free throws and that will kill you this time of year. That is a lesson better learned today than two or three weeks from now.
Also why do Bruin fans feel the need to run their mouths so very loud when they win? Is it because there are so few of them or because so many frontrunners join in LA Style that it just seems worse.
As for the Pac-12 tourney itself, well it seemed fun but it wasn’t that exciting. Stanford over ASU was the only real upset and that wasn’t much of an upset. It was essentially a coronation of the two best teams in the league. And you create a situation where UCLA has a bigger chip on their shoulder, a bit more to play for and well there you go.
Don’t forget UCLA also managed to not only lose at Utah but much worse, at Wazzu as well. Steve Alford at his finest.
As for the Utes, well their tournament was what it was. They had become a better team than Washington by the end of the season and they weren’t really close to Arizona. The Wildcats played a perfect game and when that happens there just isn’t anything we could do about it.
As of now, it looks like six Pac-12 teams will move to the NCAA’s and the Utes will move on to the NIT. If I were betting I’d guess that Utah faces Utah Valley in the first round with a second round game against BYU, if BYU doesn’t slip into the NCAA’s. I’d also guess Utah will have a regional final against Cal for the right to go to New York.
We’ll have more on that tomorrow as well as tournament coverage all week, as long as my router doesn’t explode again.
Again congrats to UCLA.