Chasin’ The Pac – Week 10

Arizona: The Wildcats won in dramatic fashion against Stanford on Friday. It took an extra period, but Arizona pulled out the 73-72 victory. After completing the upset, they were upset themselves by the Cal Bears Sunday. The senior day loss may have been shocking but didn’t change anything as far as the post season is concerned. Arizona finished the season 12-6 in conference play, earning the fourth seed in the Pac-12 tournament and a first round bye. They will face the winner of Arizona State and Cal on Thursday.

Arizona State: The Sun Devils picked up a win hosting Cal on Friday only to lose their senior day match-up against Stanford on Sunday. The win Friday however would prove to be enough to secure the fifth seed and the best match-up in the first round. They will face off against Cal on Thursday in Las Vegas.

California: It wasn’t the season the Cal Bears had hoped for this year. However they were able to end the regular season on a high note. They went into Tucson and shocked the 13th ranked Wildcats Sunday. Jazlen Green erupted for 17 points off the bench in the win. Cal finished the season 3-15 at the bottom of the Pac-12 and will face Arizona State in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament.

Colorado: The Buffaloes lost both match-ups on the Los Angeles road trip last week. Mya Hollingshed poured in 22 points against UCLA Friday only to be held to two points against USC Sunday. The loss against USC could prove to be a valuable learning experience as they play the women of Troy in the first round Thursday.

Oregon: The Ducks completed the three-peat of being crowned Pac-12 champions with the win against Washington State Friday. They went on to win Sunday to send off the best one-two punch in program history with a final regular season victory at MKA. Coach Kelly Graves won Coach of the Year honors, Taylor Chavez took home the Sixth Player of the Year and Sabrina Ionescu earned her third Player of the Year honor in the Pac-12 awards. With the first round bye, Oregon will face the winner of Washington and Utah in the first round.

Oregon State: After losing four straight games, the Beavers finished the year out right with a three-game winning streak. The last game of the season was a rout of Washington State and they will look to duplicate that success as they face the Cougars in the first round Thursday.

Stanford: After dropping an overtime thriller to Arizona, the Cardinal were able to end the season on a high note with a win at Arizona State. Their 14-4 record was good enough for third in the Pac-12 and a first found bye. Stanford will most likely be rooting for the Cougars on Friday as they will face the winner of Oregon State and Washington State in the quarterfinal.

UCLA: The Bruins were able to close out the season on back-to-back wins as they cruised past Utah to send the seniors off with a win. UCLA need both wins to elevate themselves over Stanford for the two spot in the Pac-12 tournament. The Bruins will face the winner of Colorado and USC in the quarterfinals.

USC: The Women of Troy were able to close the season on a three-game winning streak. Alissa Pili had an outstanding season and took home Freshmen of the Year honors in the Pac-12. With the two wins over the weekend, USC secured the seven seed and will face the tenth seeded Colorado on Thursday.

Utah: The Utes were not able to complete the comeback against USC Friday and were ran out of the gym against UCLA Sunday. Luckily for Utah however, Colorado also lost both games to finish the season. At 6-12 they place eighth in the Pac-12 and will face Washington in the first round Thursday.

Washington: One week removed from upsetting UCLA, the Bruins were swept by the Oregon schools this week. The Huskies led at one point during the first quarter against Oregon, but it wasn’t a contest the rest of the game. Washington finished the season playing good basketball and may be the team to watch if you’re looking for a first round upset. At 5-11 the Huskies earned the 10th seed and will face Utah in the opening round Thursday.

Washington State: The Cougs were rolled in both match-ups against the Oregon schools last week. With the last win for the Cougars coming in early February, it was not the ending of the season they were hoping for. At 4-14 WSU finished the 11th seed and will face Oregon State who they just played on Sunday in the first round.

~ Shane Potter
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