Pac-12 Tournament 2019: Semifinals Scores, Championship Bracket and Schedule

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorMarch 16, 2019

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MARCH 15: Jaylen Nowell #5 of the Washington Huskies handles the ball against McKinley Wright IV #25 of the Colorado Buffaloes during a semifinal game of the Pac-12 basketball tournament at T-Mobile Arena on March 15, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images)
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Washington, the No. 1 seed in the Pac-12 men's basketball tournament, won its first two games to clinch a championship berth.

Life hasn't been easy for the Huskies in Las Vegas, though, as they escaped with a 78-75 win over eighth-seeded USC on Thursday before a 66-61 victory against fifth-seeded Colorado on Friday.

The Huskies will take on the No. 6 Oregon Ducks, who upset the No. 2 Arizona State Sun Devils 79-75 in overtime at T-Mobile Arena.

Here's a look at the semifinal scores and recaps as well as the entire Pac-12 bracket and schedule.

         

Semifinal Scores

No. 1 Washington 66, No. 5 Colorado 61

No. 6 Oregon 79, No. 2 Arizona State 75 (OT)

     

Bracket and Schedule

        

No. 1 Washington 66, No. 5 Colorado 61

Sophomore guard and Pac-12 Player of the Year Jaylen Nowell had 14 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals as the top-seeded Washington Huskies overcame a six-point deficit to defeat the fifth-seeded Colorado Buffaloes 66-61.

A 25-5 run to open the second half turned a 33-27 halftime deficit into a 52-38 lead with 8:57 left. Nowell scored eight points during that span, including an and-one layup to give UW the lead for good at 36-35:

Colorado cut the lead to three points thanks to a McKinley Wright IV three-pointer with 18 seconds left, but a David Crisp layup with 11 seconds remaining sealed the Huskies' win.

Sophomore forward Nahziah Carter scored 14 points off the Huskies' bench, and senior guard Matisse Thybulle added 12 more. Thybulle tied the Pac-12 steals record on this swipe:

Washington had 13 steals on the night, led by sophomore forward Hameir Wright with four.

Sophomore guard Tyler Bey led the Buffaloes with 22 points and 16 rebounds.

Washington will play in the championship game Saturday at 10:30 p.m. ET. The Huskies should be in the NCAA tournament field regardless of whether they clinch the conference's automatic berth. Most bracketologists in Bracket Matrix's aggregation have UW on the No. 8 or No. 9 seed line.

The 21-12 Buffaloes should have a postseason berth awaiting them, but it won't be in the NCAA tournament. No current bracketologist lists the Buffs in the tourney. John Templon of Mid-Major Madness has them in the NIT.

    

No. 6 Oregon 79, No. 2 Arizona State 75 (OT)

Freshman forward Louis King posted 19 points and seven rebounds as sixth-seeded Oregon beat second-seeded Arizona State 79-75 in overtime.

Oregon senior guard Ehab Amin hit a three-pointer to tie the game at 67 with 1:35 remaining. Neither team scored down the stretch, however, with Arizona State's final possession ending with an air ball from three-point range.

The extra session belonged to Amin, who scored five points en route to an overtime-opening 9-1 run. But the back-and-forth nature of this game reappeared when Arizona State went on a 7-2 run and had the ball down 78-75 with a chance to tie the game in the final minute.

However, a Luguentz Dort three-pointer with 18 seconds left did not connect. ASU never got the ball back as Oregon dribbled out 10 seconds, got fouled, hit its first free throw and then collected an offensive rebound after the second attempt missed.

Oregon jumped out to a 17-5 lead to start the semifinal, but Arizona State slowly chipped away at the advantage before taking a 39-38 second-half edge.

The Sun Devils opened up a sizable lead of their own at 49-40 with 12:24, but the Ducks engineered their own comeback and finally tied the game on the late Amin three.

Ducks junior guard Payton Pritchard scored 18 points, and senior forward Paul White added 14.

Dort led ASU with 16 points, and junior guard Rob Edwards added 15 off the bench.

The 22-12 Ducks will face the Huskies in the aforementioned Pac-12 title game. The 22-10 Sun Devils are living on the NCAA tournament bubble, per Bracket Matrix, and will await to hear their fate on Sunday during the NCAA tournament selection show, which begins at 6 p.m. ET on CBS.

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