LAS VEGAS — That’s a wrap.
From the lazy river to the golden lion to the Grand Arena, it has been a fun week.
A week that ended with the lift of a curse, as the Wildcats, finally, won the Pac-12 title.
It’s the first since 2002.
In the midst of Arizona’s post-game celebration, filled with hats, shirts, confettis and smiles — even from Sean Miller, which has sparked a smattering of memes — Miller told the crowd “The next time someone asks you when Arizona last won the Pac-12 Tournament, tell them 2015.”
With the roster Miller has built, and continues to build — coupled with the decline in the Pac-12 — don’t be surprised if Saturday becomes a reoccurring thing.
With that, check out all of our content from tonight’s action, and thanks for following along this week. There will be less Pac-12 and more NCAA Tournament, Arizona and Arizona opponent stuff going forward, but I still have a whole lot more planned Pac-12 content coming your way on here.
Here’s the final round-up of this Pac-12 tournament, the final game.
By the way, my favorite part of the night — when Pac-12 commish Larry Scott announced the Wildcats as having earned the “2005 trophy”. Classic Larry.
I have Arizona post-game quotes at the bottom of this post.
(1) Arizona against (2) Oregon
- Final score: Arizona 80, Oregon 52
- Player of the game (and the tournament): Brandon Ashley (Arizona). The dude is playing his way into the NBA. Ashley scored another 20 points, with five rebounds and a block. He’s becoming the player he was recruited to be, and it couldn’t be happening at a more opportune time.
- Key moments: There wasn’t really one in particular, just an overall exertion of dominance from the early-going. That’s what Arizona does, they overpower you, they exhaust you and when they outrebound you, they usually win. Like on Sunday. The Wildcats had a 37-20 rebounding edge.
- Stat: .711. Ashley’s shooting percentage the last five games.
- Quote (Arizona): All at the bottom here.
- Quote (Oregon): “I’m disappointed with the way we handled the adversity tonight. Tough environment. Great environment for Arizona, tough environment for us. But it was just not a good ballgame for us and not the way we wanted to perform in the championship game.” — Oregon coach Dana Altman
"I just wanted to win, and that’s why I came to Arizona, to play in the tournament. There’s nothing like it in sports."
"Absolutely. I don’t want this to be over. I don’t want to leave this team, I don’t want to leave this school, I don’t want to leave Tucson. I'm gonna do everything in my power to make sure it doesn’t end."
"We’re on quite a roll. We can enjoy this one and we’re starting a whole new thing now that when you lose you’re done forever, at least for the seniors, and we just gotta be focused and come out with the same energy we’ve had in this tournament."
"When you look at the rebounding totals we were up on the glass form the beginning to the end of the game. Our coach always says who wins the rebounding battle wins the game"
(How many guys did you guard tonight?) "I stopped counting after four."
"That was a big step for us to hold them back. Elgin Cook was averaging 17 the last 5-10 games, so to hold him back and limit him to getting that 17 or whatever, it showed a lot and it helped us on the offensive end and on the defensive end."
"You see that I switched the hats so you know it means a lot. I wear the flower hat every time.”
"This really means a lot, we know how quick the tournament’s on us. We’re really gonna keep our composure and focus on the next game."
"I think this game can definitely carry into the next one, into the first game of the tournament. I feel like a lot of guys on the team are playing our best bball right now. We have a lot of thigns we can improve on too so I think that’s definitely a great feeling and I think if we just go out there and have fun we’ll be fine."