Pac 12 Tournament Day 1 Recap: Utah, Arizona State Pull Upsets


We now know after the First Round of the Pac 12 Tournament in Las Vegas that Oregon will face off with the Washington Huskies tonight at 8:30pm (PT) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. It was quite the first day with several higher seeds getting upset, including Stanford and USC.

March 13, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils guard Jahii Carson (1)  Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

In the first game of the day 9 seed Arizona State met 8 seed Stanford and Arizona State Freshman Jahii Carson put on a show. Carson scored 34 points, including 5 points in overtime to help put away the Cardinal, 89-88. He set the tournament record for points by a freshman.

"“I just try to come up big on big stages. I know my teammates look a lot for me to create for them and create for myself, and I try to go out there and make big plays.”– Arizona State’s Jahii Carson on his record setting performance"

For the game Stanford made 15 three pointers, but just a single free throw. Their post season hopes will be sitting and waiting rather than playing. The Sundevils meet top seed UCLA at Noon Thursday. (Pac 12 Network)

For the second game of the day it was a rematch of a game from last weekend. 12 seed Oregon State met 5 seed Colorado and the results in Vegas turned out different. The Buffaloes took care of business and knocked off the Beavers. It was a rough start for the game. Colorado missed 8 of it’s first 11 shots. Oregon State started 1 for 6, but the Buffs got it together to win 74-68. Colorado meets Arizona Thursday at 2:30(PT) in Round 2.

Game three featured 10 seed Utah, who finished the regular season by beating back to back Pac 12 teams, the first time since joining the conference faced off against 7 seed USC. The Utes largest lead in the game was 13 and they were able to hold on for the 6 point victory, 69-66. Utah meets #2 Cal Thursday at 6pm(PT).

The final game of Wednesday’s Round 1 of the Pac 12 Tournament had a battle for the Apple Cup on the hardwood. 6 seed Washington met 11 seed Washington State. The Huskies started the game with a flourish and looked to take the win, but lost the lead with about 7 minutes left in the game. Washington State Senior Brock Motum had 28 points in the loss 64-62 as the Huskies move on to face the #3 seed Oregon Ducks Thursday at 8:30(PT)

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