UA-ASU postgame: Buffs or Beavers next for Wildcats

2013-03-09T20:04:00Z 2013-03-09T20:46:26Z UA-ASU postgame: Buffs or Beavers next for WildcatsBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 09, 2013 8:04 pm  • 

As the Pac-12 Tournament's No. 4 seed, the Arizona Wildcats will face either No. 5 Colorado or No. 12 Oregon State on Thursday at about 2:30 p.m. in Las Vegas.

Washington State's 71-56 win over USC today pushed the Cougars into a tie for 11th place with OSU, but Cougars won the tiebreaker based on their win over first-place UCLA, so the Beavers are the No. 12 seed.

The Pac-12 also had a four-way tie for sixth place, with Washington gaining the No. 6 seed, followed by USC, Stanford and ASU (the Sun Devils were only 1-4 against that group).

The Pac-12's full bracket is here.

When asked about the possibility of facing Colorado again, UA coach Sean Miller said he didn't want to comment other than to note that "Colorado is an excellent team."

UA beat Colorado 92-83 on Jan. 3 at McKale Center after Sabatino Chen's would-be game winner was disallowed in regulation, and the Buffs beat UA 71-58 on Feb. 14 in Boulder.

UA beat OSU 80-70 on Jan. 12 in its only meeting with the Beavers.

The winner of Thursday's game will play in the semifinals against the winner of the 1/8/9 side of the bracket, which will be either UCLA, Stanford or ASU.

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The way things were going earlier Saturday, with Utah beating Oregon and UCLA trailing Washington, the Pac-12 appeared headed toward a four-way tie for first place.

But the Bruins came back to beat the Huskies, claiming sole possession of the league title.

Oh well.

"That would have been nice," Sean Miller said. "But there's a side of me that believes we didn't earn the right to be there with that.

"But that’s ok. Sometimes the hungrier team doesn’t quite achieve what they wanted to. And by the same token we are 24-6 and there’s no one in our locker room that doesn’t understand a lot of great things have happened for us during the regular season."

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Miller played all four of his walk-ons Saturday but did not play either Angelo Chol or Gabe York. When asked why, Miller said:

"Those guys are doing a great job," Miller said. "I would like to play everyone but that wasn't in the cards today."

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 Freshman center Kaleb Tarczewski had six points and six rebounds in the first half Saturday, finishing with nine points and eight rebounds, continuing his streak of recent success.

"Kaleb continues to evolve and improve," Miller said. "Not just because he was 4 for 4 from the field -- his rebounding had a big impact. He is nowhere near where he can be or is going to be but if you look back at where he was in December, it is a great improvement."

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Our full coverage will be posted later tonight. 

Here's the official box score.

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