This is the game we’ve all been waiting all season for: the Pac-12 Tournament Final. Tonight’s game features the 2nd-seeded UCLA Bruins against the top-seeded Arizona Wildcats.
After receiving the top seed in the tournament due to an 18-2 regular season conference record, the Wildcats played Stanford in the quarterfinals on Thursday and the Cardinal almost knocked them off. With 3:25 left in the game, James O’Keefe put the Cardinal on top, 75-74, with a pair of free throws. Just eight seconds later, a dunk by Bennedict Mathurin put the Wildcats up for good. Arizona went on to survive 84-80 in a game that was closer than it probably should have been.
Despite Tad Boyle’s claims of media bias against his Buffaloes, last night’s game between Colorado and Arizona wasn’t nearly as close as the Wildcats’ game against Stanford. The Buffs’ last lead of the game came with almost ten minutes left in the first half when they led by a score of 24-22. To the Buffs’ credit, they were able to cut Arizona’s lead to just a point three different times in the second half, but they just couldn’t ever take a lead in the second half. As a result, the Wildcats cruised to an 82-72 final to advance to tonight’s game against the Bruins.
Meanwhile, in the second semifinal, UCLA took the lead for good with about 13 minutes left in the first half as they manhandled Southern Cal, 69-59. The Bruins relied primarily on the starters last night as those five guys accounted for 62 of their 69 points. Only Peyton Watson, who added five points, and Cody Riley, who contributed a bucket, scored off the bench. Also, four of the five starters for UCLA scored in double figures.
Not surprisingly, Jaime Jaquez, Jr. led UCLA with 19 points. Jules Bernard and Tyger Campbell added 15 and 14 points, respectively. And, Johnny Juzang showed some signs of being healthy by scoring ten.
The outlook for tonight’s game is anybody’s guess. Each team won at home. Arizona has won their last five games and 14 of their last 15 games since they met in Westwood. Of course, UCLA has won their last five games as well and 9 of their last 11 since the Bruins were swept on their Arizona road trip. Tonight’s game should be an epic game between these two programs.
TuneIn.com now has UCLA’s games listed as “premium” content. So, rather than using TuneIn, you can just listen through the official website like we have done with the small sports for a long time in order to listen to Josh Lewin and Tracy Murray call tonight’s game. Tonight’s game is on Fox. As a result, Joe Davis and Casey Jacobsen have the call again tonight. So, if you don’t want listen to them on TV again and want to listen to Lewin and Murray, just be sure to right-click on it so that you can open up another tab and have it going while you chat in the comments below. Listen to today’s game online.
In the meantime, here’s how to watch tonight’s game:This is your Pac-12 Tournament Finals game thread.
Teams: 2-seed UCLA Bruins (25-6) vs. 1-seed Arizona Wildcats (30-3)
Series Record: UCLA leads, 62-45
When: 6:00 pm PT, Saturday, March 12, 2022
Where: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV
TV: FOX with Joe Davis and Casey Jacobsen
Live Stream: FoxSports.com and the Fox Sports app
Radio: AM 570 in Los Angeles with Josh Lewin and Tracy MurrayWestwood One: Ryan Radtke and PJ Carlisemo
Satellite Radio: SiriusXM Ch. 84
Live Stats: UCLA StatBroadcast
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