No. 15 Arizona, USC battle for Pac-12 crown

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I thought a lot of 50-50 balls that could have gone either way went to Arizona, which, again, they deserve them because they got them. The only problem is that the attractive back-and-forth that Pac-12 basketball fans were treated for 40 minutes came to a halt in overtime as Arizona's Deandre Ayton scored the first five points of Arizona's 11 in OT.

USC is in its first Pac-12 Tournament final since 2009, when it won the only conference tourney title in school history.

"I really liked our defense, especially in the second half", Arizona coach Sean Miller said.

Arizona won the only regular season meeting between these two teams, beating USC at home 81-67 in Tucson on February 10. Whether it was siphoning up rebounds on the offensive glass, hitting a cutter for an easy bucket or hitting his shots in the paint, the 19-year-old Bahamian proved too much to handle for the Trojans. "He kind of lit a fire under us".

OR could never find a rhythm against USC's defense, as the Ducks shot just 33 percent on the evening.

UCLA Bruins head coach Steve Alford reacts as his team plays the Arizona Wildcats during the second half of a semifinal basketball game in the Pac-12 basketball tournament at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Friday, March 9, 2018. The game got off to a very fast pace start, with hardly any stoppage of play. "If you're our team, you can't do that". Despite a bad shooting night (5/12), Holiday managed to get 15 points.

The Bruins were hardly out-matched, preventing the Wildcats from scoring in bunches after taking the lead for good.

Ayton recorded 32 points (13-16 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 5-6 FT), 14 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks in 40 minutes during Friday's overtime victory over UCLA in the Pac-12 tournament.

It is defense, McLaughlin said, that will be the key.

"(Jackson-Cartwright) did a great job defending Aaron Holiday (who) did not have a great game and the reason for that was Parker.

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Freshman Kezie Okpala had a season-high 23 points and Reid Travis had 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Cardinal (18-15), who had won five of six and seven of 10.

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Additionally, if you want to watch a replay of any game, DVR can be added when signing up for your free trial. "Against a team like Arizona that can not happen".

Alkins could not convert on a short jumper in the lane and committed a foul on the rebound attempt with 30 seconds left.

Limit the time that Arizona can have the ball in their own possession.

Miller called a timeout with 4.7 seconds left to set up the last play. However, at times, backing the Bruins can also be unsafe as UCLA has a tendency to go through dry spells. "If we could have gotten that thing within striking distance, I probably would have gone with him, but I certainly didn't want to risk him or his ankle for the sake of just putting him back in the game". He followed that up by dropping 32 points and grabbing 18 boards in the championship game against USC Saturday night.

Only had six turnovers and 10 total personal fouls.

Colorado's 27 rebounds was its second-lowest mark of the season, trailing only the 25 at Arizona on January 25. Cartwright had 11 points and four assists.