Well, that sucked. Cal fell to Colorado in the semi-finals of the Pac-12 Tournament last night. Now, the championship is between Arizona and Colorado, ensuring that the Pac-12 will have at least two bids to the NCAA Tournament (unless we horrifically don't get in). Here is the schedule for the game:
|MEN: SATURDAY, MARCH 10|
|GAME 11: (4) Arizona vs. (6) Colorado||03:00 p.m.||STAPLES||CBS||Live Stats|
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Multiple characters stepped up on Friday, when the Wildcats' best player, Solomon Hill, sat on the pine after fouling out following a technical foul.
Without their starting point guard, Josiah Turner, it was just another challenge in this topsy-turvy season that was toppled. Fellow freshman Nick Johnson has come into his own after sliding over from the two-guard slot, and it couldn't have come at a better time for Arizona.
On Friday, his development in a short period of time -- two days -- coupled with freshman big manAngelo Chol'sinterior presence made Hill's absence less deadly to Arizona's chances of making the NCAA tournament.
Johnson had five assists and didn't record a turnover until less than a minute remained in the game. Meanwhile, Chol saw 17 minutes of playing time and had four points, four blocks and three blocked shots.
Of course, seniors Kyle Fogg and Jesse Perry did their part in stepping up in the times of need. Fogg finished with 22 points and eight boards -- many of those points came on one-on-one isolation plays with the shot clock winding down.
Perry added 16 points and 11 boards, his second double-double in a row.
Thought it looked like the Beavers' best scorer would break out of a two-game funk, Fogg also held OSU guard Jared Cunningham to 14 points on 5-of-14 shooting.
Things the Buffaloes did well: Colorado was impressive on defense to say the least. Boyle keeps preaching it and the Buffaloes keep doing it. Offensively, the Buffaloes were as efficient as they can be. They shot 50% from the field. Andre Roberson was phenomenal like he has been all tournament. This guy has so much potential and he already is an amazing player. His leaping and timing never fail to impress. Austin Dufault had big plays down the stretch as well. He struggled in the first, but found his groove and showed his superior athleticism towards the Cal interior big men adding 15 points.
Things the Buffaloes struggled with: The play in the last minutes of the first half was a little suspect, but Boyle decided the lineup at that time. Jeremy Adams and Sabatino Chen can play at certain times, but I don't like the idea of them playing at the same time. Bottom line, Colorado is doing as much as they can with the talent they have and that's all you can ask for from a team at this point of the season.
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