There's just one game left at the MGM Grand as one of the more topsy-turvy conference tourneys wraps up Saturday night with UCLA and Oregon facing off for the Pac-12 title.
UCLA needed a defensive stop Friday night against Arizona after a major rally gave them a slim lead, as they held off the Wildcats 66-64. Unfortunately, they lost the game's leading scorer Jordan Adams on a freak injury in the game's waning seconds. Oregon was fine Friday night against Utah, but had a tough game against Washington Thursday as Arsalan Kazemi had 11 points in overtime to will the Ducks to victory. All told, seven of the Pac-12 tourney's first ten games have been decided by fewer than five points or in overtime.
Now, we have just one match-up left. Obviously, both of these teams will be in the NCAA Tournament, but a win would be a feather in the cap for both squads.
It's tough to decide a favorite here. Ken Pomeroy's numbers predict a one-point UCLA win, with the lone regular season match-up between these two a 76-67 win for the Ducks at home behind an eight-of-nine shooting performance by Tony Woods. With Adams out with a broken foot, UCLA will have to bank heavily on its backcourt of Larry Drew and Shabazz Muhammed while hoping the Wear brothers Travis and David can do a better job against Woods and limit Kazemi on the boards.
Here's the info on Saturday night's game:
No. 1 UCLA (25-8, 13-5, Kenpom ranking 41) vs. No. 3 Oregon (25-8, 12-6, Kenpom ranking 47)
11 p.m. Eastern
With just one game still to be played, here's how the Pac-12's bracket has played out: