UA-Belmont postgame: Proud day for Pac-12

2013-03-21T22:23:00Z 2013-03-21T23:39:44Z UA-Belmont postgame: Proud day for Pac-12Bruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 21, 2013 10:23 pm  • 

SALT LAKE CITY -- While the Arizona Wildcats did interviews and ate postgame meals in the locker room following their NCAA tournament win over Belmont tonight, much of their attention went toward a television monitor.

On it, Cal was putting the finishing touches on its 64-61 win over UNLV, giving the Pac-12 a 3-0 record Thursday, with two more games to go today.

Maybe that will earn the league some much-needed respect.

"I think the proof is in how everyone’s playing," Kaleb Tarczewski said. "We're doing a good job."

In Cal's win over UNLV,  Mike Montgomery appeared to use the same kind of baffling zone defense he did in the Bears' Feb. 10 win at McKale Center.

Oregon defeated Oklahoma State by dominating the boards -- and making sure their jerseys were on. Now the Ducks can set their sights on the Sweet 16.

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The Pac-12 will try to keep the streak going today in Austin, Texas, where Colorado will face Illinois at 1:40 p.m. (TNT) and UCLA will play Minnesota at 7 p.m. (truTV).

Andre Roberson will take on Illinois' Brandon Paul, while the pressure is on UCLA to advance.

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While in the immediate glow of their first-ever NCAA tournament win, it appeared to be difficult for Harvard coach Tommy Amaker to talk about Arizona.

But he tried.

"I'm not sure that they have any weaknesses based on what I've been able to see based on their size and with the bodies they can play up front,their guards and their quickness, making plays off the dribble," Amaker said. "From what I've been able to see so far, they are incredibly talented and have had an outstanding season."

Harvard will be the second double-digit seed the Wildcats will play in their second game in the past three years, having also met No. 13 Cleveland State in 2009 en route to the Sweet 16. 

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Harvard's success has come after Amaker pushed the team to rally after a university-wide cheating scandal resulted in two co-captains leaving the team.

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Sean Miller said he couldn't blame anybody for picking Belmont, after all.

"They have a great backcourt," Miller said. "They earned the seed that they got. You look at them on paper and they're scary. I don't know if anyone relishes seeing them in their bracket.

"The guys on TV have to pick one. The other one is offended."

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Here are the full podium interviews from Arizona and Belmont.

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The official box score is here and UA's game notes for Harvard have already been posted.

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We'll have lots more content posted on our Wildcats page later tonight.

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