Arizona Wildcats beat Colorado 83-67 in Pac-12 Tournament quarterfinal

Tad Boyle injures leg helping break up late-game skirmish

Tad Boyle injures leg helping break up late-game skirmish

After a two-game buffer working the wings into the rotation against Kansas and Cal in December, the Cardinal won five straight games to spark a 12-7 close to the season.

The Bruins were hardly out-matched, preventing the Wildcats from scoring in bunches after taking the lead for good. Ayton scored 32 points on 13-16 shooting with 14 rebounds, two steals and two blocks.

UCLA is 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games against a team with a winning record and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 conference matchups.

Deandre Ayton is on the cover of the latest Sports Illustrated.

Ayton is the second freshman to lead the conference in rebounding, joining California's Leon Power in 2004. Following three packed days of wall-to-wall Pac-12 hoops action, top seed Arizona and No. 2 seed USC have emerged from the pack as finalists and will battle for the trophy in Sin City in the Pac-12 Tournament championship.

Most satisfying to Arizona coach Sean Miller was the fact that Arizona limited UCLA to only one defensive rebound in overtime. "He put his team on his back, played the right way and absolutely was a one-man wrecking crew". The Bruins missed seven shots in the extra period, including six from 3-point range. "Coach told me to face up, see what the defense is giving me and that's what I did". A fine array of post moves and excellent touch on his jump hook made him USC's counter to the work done by Arizona's big man. The Trojans just had no answer for Ayton. That is when Arizona stepped on the gas and scored 11 unanswered overtime points. "Although he went off tonight".

Both teams came out firing, doing well to fight through the fatigue brought about by playing three games in the span of three days. USC was named in the probe as well, leading to sophomore De'Anthony Melton to be ruled ineligible this season.

Wright, who almost had a triple-double in Colorado's win over ASU on Wednesday, had eight points, five assists and four rebounds in 22 minutes before departing.

USC couldn't generate a comeback in the final minutes and the Wildcats closed the game out, 75-61. Arizona and USC stayed neck and neck for most of the first half, with seven lead changes and neither team getting up by more than four. "And we have to rely on that as we go forward here", USC coach Andy Enfield said after the loss. "That's what you play for, that's what you dream about". The 7-foot-1 freshman phenom racked up a career-high 32 points while grabbing 14 rebounds.

Arizona took off from there - literally. 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.

LAS VEGAS - The crowd roared, the dunks followed.

"To beat a team like Arizona", Enfield said, "we have to make shots. We played consistent and stuck to the game plan".

"It took me a few seconds to realize what happened", Arizona center Dusan Ristic said.

There's only two other Pac-12 schools with a chance to dance: UCLA and Arizona State.

The USC Trojans (23-10) are coming from a 74-54 win over OR in which Jonah Matthews scored 27 points.

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