After getting double digit wins in all their games on Tuesday, beyond Oregon St.'s 80-59 win over Western Illinois in the CBI, the Pac-12 didn't fare so well Wednesday, seeing 2 teams' seasons come to an end by double digit margins, and the same final score.
California got knocked out of the NCAA Tournament in the Play-In round, losing 65-54 to South Florida from the Big East Conference in Dayton, and it wasn't that close. The Golden Bears trailed 36-13 at halftime, after the Bulls went on a 14-0 run while Cal was held scoreless after the 8:55 mark in the first half.
Harper Camp ended his career with a game high 19 points for the Bears, but got almost no help.
Arizona lost by the same 65-54 score to Bucknell from the Patriot League in the NIT on the 'Cats' own floor in Tucson. The Bison throttled Kyle Fogg, holding him to just 5 points and 3 assists. South Florida only lost the lead for one brief exchange early in the second half.
The 'Cats got withing 56-54 on a Jesse Perry free throw with 3 minutes left in the game, but never scored again, missing all 4 shots they got after that.
Today is a day off for the men's teams, but the women take the court in 2 more NIT games.
Oregon St. hosts UC_Davis tonight at Gill, and Utah hosts cross state rival Utah St. from the WAC.
Last night, both Washington and Colorado rolled to double digit wins, with the Huskies handling Cal-Poly from the Big West 90-71, and the Buffs running over their neighbor Northern Colorado of the Big Sky 54-42.
The Huskies will play the winner of the game in Utah, while the Buffs await the winner of today's South-Dakota-Drake game.