Game one, day two: Arizona vs. Utah
Arizona got the lead early in the first half and never lost it. Although the Utes managed to tie it up in the first minutes of the game, they couldn't keep up with the Wildcats' explosive offense. The first quarter was extremely low-scoring after numerous fouls and turnovers left and right kept either team from scoring. For the rest of the half, the Utes couldn't defend anything the Wildcats were throwing at them. Arizona finished the half with a 21-point lead, 34-13. In the second half, Arizona proved too much for the Utes to handle. The Wildcats went up by as much as 36 points with three minutes left, before finally blowing out Utah, 71-39. The Wildcats advance to the third round and will take on Colorado on Thursday, Mar. 14 at 9:30 p.m.
Game two, day two: Colorado vs. California
Colorado and California kept the tournament exciting. The Golden Bears gained the early lead on the Buffaloes in the first half, but quickly lost it before they had the chance to take it back. The Buffs played excellent defense in the first half, holding Cal to just 38.5% shooting, and managed to go up by 13 points before halftime. By the end of the first, Colorado racked up a 31-22 lead. The Buffs maintained their lead for a good chunk of the second half, but a 7-2 surge from Cal near the end of the game got them within one point, 48-47. They kept the game within five points for the remainder of the game, and had the chance to send it into overtime in the final seconds. With Colorado up by three, Justin Cobbs took a buzzer shot from behind the arc and narrowly missed it, giving the Buffs a 59-56 victory. The Buffs will advance to the semifinals of the tournament to face Arizona on Thursday.
Game three, day two: Oregon vs. UCLA
The Oregon and UCLA match up looked like it would be another battle at the start of the game, and it was for the first half. In the first twenty minutes of play, the two teams changed leads four times and tied the score up three times. By the end of the half, the Bruins held a 37-35 edge over the Ducks. In the second half, the Bruins exploded on offense and put the Ducks away early. They went up by as much as 20 points before finally putting them away in a rout, 82-63. Joseph Young was the only reason that Oregon was in the game at all, because he scored 29 of their 29 points. The Bruins distributed their scoring nicely with five players in the double digits. The Bruins move on to play the Stanford Cardinal on Friday at 7:00 p.m.
Game four, day two: Stanford vs. Arizona State
The final game of Thursday's sessions got off to a surprising start with Stanford scoring the first nine points of the night before Arizona State even got on the board. They held the lead for the entire first half, but the Sun Devils worked their way back to cut the lead to three by the buzzer, 30-27. As soon as play resumed in the second half, the Cardinal ran away with the third blowout of the day, 79-58. The Cardinal divvied up their scoring well, with Chasson Randle racking up 21 points and three of his teammates adding more double-digit scoring. Though the Sun Devils had four double-digit scorers too, the rest of their team only combined for 11 points. Stanford heads to the semifinals on Friday in the hopes of gaining an upset victory over UCLA at 9:30 p.m. mountain time.