Arizona has an in-house bracketologist, and he does not bear good news for the Wildcats.
UA coach Sean Miller said after the loss to UCLA: "I told our team after the game that's all completely on me." He added that his being called for a late technical was "unacceptable."
UA center Kaleb Tarczewski finished with 13 rebounds, but the freshman found it tough to score against the Wear twins - Travis, center, and David - finishing with six points. Tarczewski fouled out near the final minute.
Mark Lyons, left, huddles with (from left) Kaleb Tarczewski, Solomon Hill, Brandon Ashley and Nick Johnson as the Wildcats try to figure out a way to stop UCLA's second-half momentum. UA saw an 11-point lead disappear midway through the half.
LAS VEGAS - The Arizona Wildcats were almost their early-season selves once again Friday.
UCLA offers Arizona another chance for a much-needed quality win...and other notes/links from Las Vegas before tonight's semifinals.
Mark Lyons said he knew Nick Johnson would find a way to score ... and other postgame notes from Las Vegas
Colorado freshman Xavier Johnson drives to the basket against Oregon State defenders Devon Collier, left, and Eric Moreland in the Buffaloes' first-round Pac-12 tournament victory. Colorado will face Arizona today.
ASU's Carrick Felix, blocking a shot by Stanford's Dwight Powell on the first day of the tourney, was named Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
LAS VEGAS - The Trojans had scored 12 straight, cutting Utah's 13-point lead Wednesday night to a mere one with 3:18 to play.
Arizona State freshman Jahii Carson puts up a reverse layup against Stanford's Dwight Powell, left, and Josh Huestis during the second half. Carson's 34 points was one shy of the ASU freshman record.
LAS VEGAS - Stanford had played 39 minutes, 22 seconds Wednesday without attempting a single free throw, as poor a job in foul enticement since someone first painted a stripe 15 feet from the basket.
LAS VEGAS - Because they were flying to Las Vegas on Wednesday afternoon, the Arizona Wildcats didn't get a chance to watch Colorado's 74-68 Pac-12 tournament win over Oregon State live.
Washington's Isaiah Thomas broke Arizona's hearts - and ended the Wildcats' hope for a conference title - when he hit a game-winner in 2011. The UA looks to win a Pac-12 final after finishing second the last two years.
For memorable images in recent Pac-12 tournament history, it's hard to beat Isaiah Thomas's overtime buzzer-beater for Washington in the 2011 title game, or the four-game blitz that Colorado capped with a down-to-the-wire victory in 2012.
Freshman point guard Jahii Carson leads Arizona State into today's Pac-12 tournament opener against Stanford in Las Vegas. The Sun Devils likely need to win four games in as many days to qualify for the NCAA tournament.