Eighth-seeded Stanford forced ninth-seeded Arizona State into overtime, but the the Sun Devils survived the extra session, 89-88, and now have a chance to face the top-seeded Bruins, something that shouldn't be daunting to a team that already has a win against UCLA this year.
Jahii Carson was the star Wednesday, finishing with 34 points. Forward Jonathan Gilling played nicely too, drilling four three-pointers, but he almost turned into the goat when he fouled Stanford guard Aaron Bright in the act of shooting a three with just 41 seconds left. Bright drilled the three and hit a foul shot for a four-point play, tying the game at 79, a score that held until the the end of regulation. Carson scored Arizona State's first five points in overtime, and his team added a few free throws. That proved to be enough -- an irrelevant three by Stanford at the buzzer made the score appear closer.
Most teams wouldn't be comforted by a meeting with the No. 1 seed on the horizon, but the Sun Devils won't be scared of UCLA: they manhandled the Bruins behind a pair of 20point, 10-rebound performances by Jordan Bachynski and Carrick Felix in late January. UCLA later needed overtime -- and some of the best performances of the year by Kyle Anderson and Larry Drew II -- to pull off a win against ASU in Pauley Pavilion.
Here's a full look at the bracket as it sets up now:
First Round - Wednesday, March 13
5:30 p.m.: No. 5 Colorado vs. No. 12 Oregon State
9 p.m.: No. 10 USC vs. No. 10 Utah
11:30 p.m.: No. 6 Washington vs. No. 11 Washington State
Quarterfinals - Thursday, March 14
3 p.m.: No. 1 UCLA vs. No. 9 Arizona State
5:30 p.m.: No. 4 Arizona vs. Colorado/OSU (Game 2)
9 p.m.: No. 2 California vs. USC/Utah (Game 3)
11:30 p.m.: No. 3 Oregon vs. Washington/USC (Game 4)
Semifinals - Friday, March 15
9 p.m.: Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner
11:30 p.m.: Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner
Championship - Saturday, March 16
11 p.m.: Semifinals Winners