Thursday, March 10, 2005


final update at 11:40 p.m. Pacific

Arizona 88, California 63
---Channing Frye was 10-for-11 from the field, scoring 22 points as Arizona took care of Cal 88-63.

The Wildcats, the Pac-10 regular season champions, led the Golden Bears 42-23 at halftime. Lute Olson was able to give his starters a rest due to the comfortable lead. The best shooter in the country (just ask Olson) Salim Stoudamire only scored 7 points, but on this day, it didn't matter.

So who will the Wildcats face tomorrow night?

Oregon State 79, UCLA 72
---Oregon State was able to win a game on the road against a Pac-10 foe, albeit a neutral site, but it's a win on the road nontheless, defeating UCLA 79-72.

Chris Stevens led the Beavers with 17 points. Nick DeWitz had 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. The Beavers shot 49% from the field (25-51). With the loss, UCLA's NCAA Tournament bubble may have very well burst.

Oregon State head coach Jay John will face his former boss Lute Olson and the Arizona Wildcats tomorrow night at 6 p.m. Pacific (Fox Sports Net) in a semifinal game. As the Bruins found out today, the Beavers are a team that shouldn't be counted out. I'd say they definitely have a chance to beat Arizona. If anything, I think the Beavers are going to be playing after this weekend, either in the NCAA Tournament or in all likelyhood, the NIT. A postseason appearance of either kind would be a great accomplishment for an Oregon State program that hasn't had success on the hardwood since Gary Payton roamed the sidewalks of Corvallis.

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Washington 95, Arizona State 90 (0T)
---Nate Robinson loves playing against Arizona State.

Robinson scored 29 points as the Huskies held off the Sun Devils 95-90 in overtime. In 3 games against the Sun Devils this season, Robinson has averaged 24.3 ppg. He also led the Huskies in rebounding with 7. That's right, little Nate Robinson led the Huskies in rebounding tonight. Against a team that features the Pac-10 Player of the Year Ike Diogu. Speaking of Diogu, he scored 21 points in what could be his last Pac-10 conference game. He has been rumored to forgo his senior season in Tempe to play in the NBA.

Stanford 60, Washington State 58
---Rob Little hit the game-winning shot with 17 seconds left to give the Cardinal their first victory over Washington State this season, 60-58.

Thomas Kelati led all scorers with 20 points. Kelati has really grown in his time in Pullman, especially since the day Dick Bennett first hit the Washington State campus.

If you've watched Washington State, you know all about Bennett's style of coaching. I'm not one to complain about it though, because Bennett has had success using that style. But I tell you what, after watching the fast-paced Arizona State-Washington game, watching Washington State-Stanford was just slow as hell. Yes, it's late.

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Tomorrow is the semifinals. The winners of both games will face each other in the championship game on Saturday (3 p.m. Pacific, CBS)

#5 Oregon State vs #1 Arizona (6 p.m. Pacific, Fox Sports Net)

#3 Stanford vs #2 Washington (8:45 p.m. Pacific, Fox Sports Net)

I'd love to see the Beavers upset Arizona. However, a third Arizona-Washington game is what we need in our lives. The first two games were great. A third game? Oh my!

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