Wildcats Too Much for Ducks 80-52

The Arizona Wildcats showed why they won the regular season portion of the Pac-12 Championship and Saturday night they won the Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament by beating Oregon 80-52 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

(PHOTO) Arizona Wildcats forward Stanley Johnson (5) shoots the basketball against Oregon Ducks guard Jalil Abdul-Bassit (15) and forward Jordan Bell (1) during the first half in the championship game of the Pac-12 Conference tournament at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

As in the season's two earlier losses to Arizona, the Oregon Ducks could not overcome the deficiencies caused by a bigger and more physically dominating team. Oregon shot 40 percent from the field which (18-45) was improvement from halftime when the Ducks could only manage putting in 28 percent. The Ducks were led by Joseph Young with 19 points but Young was only able to get significant scoring help from Dillon Brooks who finished with 13. No other Ducks had double-digit scoring.

Arizona on the other hand shot 54.5 percent (30-55) which was an improvement on the first half shooting of 48.4 percent. The Wildcats owned the boards by pulling down 37 rebounds to Oregon's 20.

Both teams hit seven 3-point shots.

Arizona was led by Brandon Ashley with 20, followed by Stanley Johnson (14) and T.J. McConnell (12).

By beating Oregon, the Wildcats win the Pac-12 Tournament Championship to go along with finishing first the regular season conference. Arizona now is 31-3 for the season and 16-2 in the regular season conference play. Oregon drops to 25-9 and 13-5 in conference.

Both teams are going to the NCAA playoffs, and Arizona could end up as the No. 1 seed in the West while Oregon likely will be a seventh seed. On Sunday afternoon the NCAA will announce the seeding for the tournament.

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