Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


#2 Arizona in Pac-12 final after beating Colorado with strong inside game

Azuolas Tubelis had 20 points and #2 dominated the paint to beat 82-72 in the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals on Friday night in Las Vegas.

The top-seeded Wildcats (30-3) will face either #13 UCLA or #21 USC in Saturday night's conference tournament final. They'll be seeking their first Pac-12 tourney title since 2018.

Tubelis, who was 9 of 14 from the field, had 18 points in the first half including 10 in a row late in the first half. His play inside enabled Arizona to outscore the fourth-seeded Buffaloes 30-14 in the paint after losing that battle 54-26 in a 79-63 loss at Colorado (21-11) in late February.

Arizona was 24-of-25 from the foul line, compared to 8-of-10 for the Buffaloes, and made all 15 free throw attempts in the second half.

Colorado, which dropped to 1-6 against Arizona in the Pac-12 Tournament, set a conference tourney record with 16 3-pointers on 32 attempts. But when inside the arc they couldn't find the bottom of the basket, going 8-of-30 on 2-pointers to shoot just 38.7 percent for the game.

Arizona led 47-38 at the break, but Colorado started the second half like it did the first by hitting a bunch of 3-pointers. The Buffaloes hit four in the first 3:44, including on three straight possessions to get within 51-50 with 16:16 to go.

The Wildcats, who shot 60.7 percent in the first half, were just 2-of-7 with six turnovers over the first eight minutes of the second half before Justin Kier had a 3-point play to put his team up 58-54 with 11:41 left.

Kier, who started in place of injured point guard Kerr Kriisa, had 13 points. Kriisa suffered a sprained right ankle in the final minute of Arizona's quarterfinal win over Stanford.

Colorado's Jabari Walker, who had a team-high 19 points, picked up his fourth foul with 10:37 left, and in his absence Arizona pounded the ball inside and got to the line. Then Dalen Terry's 3-pointer put the Wildcats up 69-62 with 7:27 remaining, and another triple by Terry with 2:52 to go made it 74-65.

Colorado hit its first five shots, including a trio of 3-pointers, in the first two and a half minutes while Arizona committed four turnovers before the first media timeout. A fourth 3-pointer, by Tristan Da Silva, put the Buffaloes up 16-8 with 15:19 left in the first half.

Arizona went on a 14-5 run to lead 22-21 with 10:15 left on a Kier 3-pointer, only to see Walker hit his fourth triple 16 seconds later to give Colorado back the lead.

The Wildcats then scored nine points in 59 seconds, fueled by a pair of Dalen Terry steals, to go up 31-24 with 7:58 to go.

Colorado was outscored 39-22 over the final 15 minutes of the first half.

-Field Level Media

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

PlayAction Podcast

PlayAction Pods

PlayAction Pods

@TheColbyD from The College Basketball Experience to give out their first four picks aka college basketball best bets for Tuesday, March 14th, 2023, and...

PlayAction Pods

The Golf Gambling Podcast gives out their favorite picks and predictions for the 2023 Genesis Invitational


Geoff Fienberg & Andy Lack are back to give their PGA Tour picks and Golf Bets for the 2023 Genesis Invitational!


Who will be named Super Bowl MVP? Jalen Hurts and Patrick Mahomes are favorites for a reason.

PlayAction Pods

The SGPN guys continue their 57 prop bets for Super Bowl 57 with prop bets for the Kansas City Chiefs

PlayAction Pods

The SGPN guys continue their 57 prop bets for Super Bowl 57 with prop bets for the Philadelphia Eagles.

PlayAction Pods

From coin toss to national anthem to halftime to Gatorade color and more, the SGPN got you covered