The Pac 12 had hoped to start the NCAA Tournament with five wins. But that day wouldn’t come. Put away that Dom Perignon for now, Larry Scott.
Both UCLA and Colorado were eliminated in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Friday. Both lost to teams in the B1G.
It was a bit rougher of a Friday for UCLA. First there was the feature in the LA Times about Shabazz Muhammad. The story was about how Muhammad’s parents, in particular his father, focused on grooming Shabazz to be a star in the NBA. One of the highlights in the story is that Muhammad is 20-years-old, instead of 19. It’s something about a birth certificate or another, the LA Times has a copy of it on their website.
The day didn’t get much better for UCLA as they were blown out Friday night in a South region match-up against Minnesota, 83-63. For the Bruins, they fell behind and pretty much stayed behind in the game. It just wasn’t meant to be.
Muhammad had 20 points, including 8-for-10 from the free throw line. Norman Powell had 10 points, while David Wear scored 10 off the bench for UCLA.
Colorado lost to Illinois 57-49 in the second round of the East region. Long story short, Colorado trailed by double-digits at half, they got back into the game, but fell short by the end.
Askia Booker was the leading scorer for Colorado as he scored 14 points. Andre Robertson had nine points, while Josh Scott scored eight.
Arizona, Oregon and California will all be in action Saturday. It starts at 6:10 p.m. ET when Arizona faces Harvard. That game will be on TNT.
At 7:10 p.m. ET, Oregon plays St. Louis as that game will be on TBS. Finally at 9:40 p.m. ET on TBS, California takes on Syracuse.