Brooks bags Pac-12 player of the year

Mar 10, 2017, 00:34
Brooks bags Pac-12 player of the year

The Arizona State Sun Devils led Wednesday afternoon's Pac-12 Tournament opener for almost all of the final 44 minutes of regulation, finally faltering when the Stanford Cardinal sent the game to overtime with a long jump shot on their final possession of the second half. The victor of this game will face No. 3 seed UCLA in the next round. A spot in the finals won't be easy as they may face UCLA in the semifinals and possibly the Oregon Ducks in the finals - how sweet would that be for the Cats to win it?!

Oregon State actually jumped out to a 10-2 lead before Cal answered with a 9-0 run for its first lead of the game.

"I felt like we had the emotion going our way going into that overtime period", said Stanford forward Michael Humphrey, who finished the day with 18 points and nine rebounds. All five starters scored in double figures, with Tra Holder pumping in 21 on 8-of-12 shooting from the floor. OR and Arizona were Pac-12 co-champs in the regular season.

Arizona State won two regular-season meetings behind a barrage of 3-pointers.

"Coming into Vegas, everybody's zero and zero", said senior guard Jabari Bird, who led the Bears with 20 points.

Dillon Brooks scored 22 points, Tyler Dorsey added 21 and No. 5 OR pulled away in the second half to beat Arizona State 80-57 Thursday in the Pac-12 Tournament quarterfinals.

Both teams started this day red-hot offensively, which came as somewhat of a surprise for a game that tipped off at noon local time in an arena that neither team had played in before. The two have helped OR become the only team in the league to rank in the top three in both offense and defense. He was second on the team averaging 14 points and first in rebounds with averaging 7.

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. All three schools still have a shot at securing a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, but it could all depend on the Pac-12 tournament scores and results over the next few days.

Cal, which is 20-11 overall, already has two sub-100 RPI losses, to San Diego State (110) and Colorado (102), but only one top-50 win, over USC, which has an RPI of 39th. But the Beavers shot just 32 percent for the game, made one shot in the fourth quarter, were held to a season low in points and lost for the first time since February 10.

Which brings me back to Fultz and Ball - the dynamic point guards who are spending their only seasons of college basketball in very different ways.

These adjustments, along with a consistent offensive effort, allowed Stanford to inch their way back into the game late, only trailing 81-77 with just over two minutes left in the game.

With their NCAA Tournament hopes hanging by a thread, the Cal Bears needed a strong performance in the Pac-12 conference championship tournament. They played against a team on the road, in a hostile environment and they made 16 3-point shots, the odds were not in their favor. He also made the game-tying shot to force overtime. During the one regular season matchup, the Ducks won another close one. Charles Callison and Ike Iroegbu scored 16 points each, and Josh Hawkinson had 12 points and 12 rebounds. The Gophers went from 13th in the Big Ten, at 2-16, to fourth, at 11-7. Midway through the first half, the Cougs were up 25-9, but by the end of the half, the Buffaloes had closed in with a score of 41-27. The Cougars hit 17 of 30 shots in the half, including five of eight from 3-point range.