Feb 2, 2014, 5:20 PM EDT
Figuring out the Pac-12 race after No. 1 Arizona, which lost at California on Saturday night, has been a difficult task to this point in the season. While the Golden Bears and UCLA have been locked in a struggle for second place in the Pac-12, there are five other teams within a game of those two teams. UCLA’s game at Oregon State on Sunday afternoon represented an opportunity for the Bruins, with a win giving Steve Alford’s team sole possession of second place and placing them just a game out of first.
Unfortunately for UCLA, the combination of their worst offensive performance in conference play and Oregon State freshman guard Hallice Cooke resulted in a 71-67 defeat. Cooke scored a career-high 20 points (14 in the second half) on 7-for-9 shooting, leading five Oregon State players in double figures.
Craig Robinson’s team hasn’t been the most consistent group but they don’t lack for talent, with Roberto Nelson, Eric Moreland, Angus Brandt and Devon Collier the leaders on most nights. On Sunday Cooke and Moreland (11 points, 14 rebounds and five assists) proved to be especially problematic for the Bruins, who had to navigate an 0-for-9 afternoon from Jordan Adams and 38.6% shooting from the field as a team.
UCLA nearly stole this one too, with their move out of the 2-3 zone and into a trapping defense unsettling Oregon State down the stretch. But they were unable to get over the hump offensively, with Adams’ frustrating day being capped by a dubious offensive foul call with 15 seconds renaming and UCLA trailing by just one point. Much of what UCLA does depends upon the effectiveness of Adams and Kyle Anderson, with Adams being their most productive perimeter scorer and Anderson being the versatile option who can score and make sure his teammates get quality looks as well.
Anderson finished with 18 points and nine rebounds but dished out just two assists, with the struggles of his teammates obviously impacting the assist count. UCLA can adjust on days in which their supporting cast struggles, but this isn’t the case when it comes to Adams and the inconsistency of those other players is the reason why. Adams struggled against Oregon State, and the end result was UCLA’s failure to cement its status as the second-best team in the Pac-12.
And given the unknown status of Arizona’s Brandon Ashley, UCLA entered Sunday with a great opportunity in front of them even without a second meeting between the two teams on the schedule. The Bruins didn’t take advantage of this, and they’ve only got themselves to blame.
Mar 13, 2014, 6:16 PM EDT
Remember how we wanted Andrew Wiggins to become assertive, confident and dominant? Well … he’s doing it.
Mar 13, 2014, 5:53 PM EDT
Bubble team Dayton is now 10-1 in its last 11 games after beating Fordham in Brooklyn, setting up a quarterfinal matchup with Saint Joseph’s.
Mar 13, 2014, 5:33 PM EDT
Despite a mediocre outing from senior All-American Bryce Cotton, Providence held on for a 79-74 win over St. John’s on Thursday as the Friars won the Big East Tournament quarterfinal game which amounted to an NCAA Tournament play-in game for the two bubble teams.
Mar 13, 2014, 5:24 PM EDT
No. 4 Arizona rides suffocating defense and a balanced offense to a win over Utah in the Pac-12 quarters.
Mar 13, 2014, 4:57 PM EDT
Ohio State survived a last-second three-point attempt by Purdue guard Terone Johnson as the No. 24 Buckeyes held on for a 63-61 victory.
Mar 13, 2014, 3:50 PM EDT
Rice has parted ways with head coach Ben Braun as the six-year head man of the Owls was fired on Thursday with two years remaining on his contract.
Mar 13, 2014, 3:24 PM EDT
Houston has now won five of its last six games as the Cougars upset No. 25 SMU, 68-64, on Thursday in an American Athletic Conference Tournament quarterfinal game.
Mar 13, 2014, 3:23 PM EDT
Melvin Ejim, Georges Niang and Dustin Hogue combined for 61 points and 27 rebounds as No. 16 Iowa State ran past Kansas State in a thriller, 91-85.
ACC Tournament: Boris Bojanovsky’s last-second dunk leads Florida State to win over Maryland (VIDEO)
Mar 13, 2014, 2:46 PM EDT
Florida State sophomore center Boris Bojanovsky’s dunk with .4 seconds remaining powered the Seminoles to a 67-65 win over Maryland on Thursday in the ACC Tournament as the Seminoles kept its NCAA Tournament chances alive.
Mar 13, 2014, 2:19 PM EDT
Tracy Abrams scored a season-high 25 points to lead No. 9 seed Illinois past No. 8 seed Indiana, 64-54, on Thursday in the opening game of the Big Ten Tournament.
Mar 13, 2014, 2:16 PM EDT
Seton Hall upset Big East No. 1 seed Villanova, 64-63, on Thursday on a game-winning, step-back jumper at the buzzer from Sterling Gibbs.
Mar 13, 2014, 12:23 PM EDT
Get caught up on all of today’s bubble action.
Mar 13, 2014, 12:07 PM EDT
Curtis Malone pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to distributing cocaine and heroin on Wednesday and is now facing five-to-ten years in federal prison. Malone was arrested after a DEA investigation determined that he was a “large-scale supplier” in a drug-trafficking network that spanned the eastern seaboard. When he was arrested, a search-warrant at his…
Mar 13, 2014, 11:54 AM EDT
On Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Arthur Spiegel ruled against Xavier’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit that former guard Dez Wells filed against the university. Wells, who now plays at Maryland, was expelled from Xavier after he was alleged to have committed a sexual assault. The lawsuit alleges that Xavier failed to follow their own policies…
Mar 13, 2014, 11:45 AM EDT
The Atlantic Tournament kicks off in Brooklyn on Thursday afternoon and the NBC Sports Network will be there to help you get through the first two days. The first game of the afternoon, La Salle and St. Bonaventure, can be seen on NBC Regional Affiliates, but the second game of the day will be seen…
Mar 13, 2014, 10:20 AM EDT
Thursday is one of the best days of the college basketball season as conference tournament quarterfinal action is going on all over country. Check out the best matchups of the day and when the bubble teams play.
Mar 13, 2014, 9:02 AM EDT
If you’ve ever watched The Masters golf tournament in early April, they refer to Saturday as Moving Day. It’s the day when golfers position themselves for a run at the Green Jacket. In the world of college hoops, today and tomorrow are like Moving Day at selection headquarters. Teams on the proverbial NCAA tournament bubble…
Mar 13, 2014, 1:46 AM EDT
Most of the teams on the bubble managed to take care of business, with Georgetown being the lone exception. And American became the latest team to earn a spot in the NCAA tournament field.
Mar 12, 2014, 11:56 PM EDT
There are eight days left until Selection Sunday. Every morning from now until the bracket comes out, we’ll help you get caught up on the happenings with impact on the bubble from the night before. Our latest bracket projection can be found here. (This post will update throughout the night) WINNERS Utah: The Utes knocked…
- Did Sterling Gibbs’ game-winner end Villanova’s hopes for a No. 1 seed? (VIDEO) 1
- Bubble Banter: Who will earn a bid to the Big Dance on Thursday? 2
- Bracketology: It’s Moving Day for March Madness 2
- Bubble Banter: Did Georgetown’s bubble just burst? 0
- 2014 Big Ten Tournament Preview: Can Michigan State turn things around? 0
- Bracketology: Gonzaga grabs WCC title, BYU waits 0
- 2014 Pac-12 Tournament Preview: No. 4 Arizona looks to cap dominant campaign 1
- NBCSports.com’s 2014 College Basketball All-Americans (12)
- Wichita State will head into the NCAA tournament 34-0 as a No. 1 seed (12)
- No. 1 Florida’s undefeated SEC season not just a by-product of their league (6)
- South Carolina suspends Frank Martin for regular season finale at Mississippi State (5)
- For the first time in months, No. 22 Michigan State and Keith Appling look healthy (5)