Day 4 of the Pac-12 tournament featured some of the conference's best teams fighting against each other in the semifinals, but only two could advance to the championship game.
The Arizona Wildcats were able to win their second straight game with ease in the conference tournament, taking down the Colorado Buffaloes, 63-43, to grab the first spot in the championship game. As the top seed in the tourney, the Wildcats have now shown in back-to-back games just how good they really are.
With that being said, let's take a look at the scores from the semifinals, followed by an updated bracket and schedule for the championship game.
Arizona 63, Colorado 43
Entering this game ranked No. 4 in the latest AP poll at 29-3 already with two wins against the Buffaloes, it was safe to say that the Wildcats were expected to win this one.
But the Buffaloes came ready to play in the first half, keeping the Wildcats in check throughout. Arizona was able to grab a six-point lead with four minutes to go before halftime, but Colorado pulled to within one point at 24-23 thanks to a Jaron Hopkins layup followed by a Xavier Johnson three-pointer that was assisted by Hopkins.
At halftime, the Wildcats led 27-24, but given the way the game had gone so far, it was hard for Colorado to not feel good about how it was playing.
While Colorado was able to stay close to Arizona for a bit in the second half, the Wildcats were able to break it open thanks to a 13-0 run to go up 51-32 with about eight minutes to go.
Ashley Adamson from Pac-12 Networks pointed out just how well the Wildcats were playing up to that point:
Arizona has 15 assists on 21 FG, 38 rebounds and there's still 7:16 left to play.— Ashley Adamson (@AdamsonAshley) March 15, 2014
From that point on, the Wildcats were able to settle down and came away with the strong 63-43 win to advance to the finals. Nick Johnson was spectacular throughout, finishing with 16 points, four rebounds and four assists. Star freshman Aaron Gordon had a strong game as well, finishing with nine points, nine rebounds, three assists, three steals and three blocks.
The win for the Wildcats means that they will be playing for the Pac-12 Championship, but it also means that they've possibly solidified themselves as a contender for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. Given how well they've been playing—going 7-1 in their last eight—it looks like they have nearly locked up a top seed.
Meanwhile, the Colorado Buffaloes move to 23-11 on the year, but they should still be in good shape to grab a NCAA tourney bid despite losing Spencer Dinwiddie, their top scorer, all the way back in January.
Pac-12.com has the latest updated bracket following all of Friday's action.
Day 4 Schedule
|Time (ET)||Team 1||Team 2||TV Info|
|Saturday, March 15|
|3 p.m.||No. 1 Arizona||TBD||Fox Sports 1|