Day 4 Recap Of The 2012 Pac-12 Basketball Tournament: A Champion Is Crowned

By: 03.11.12
Solomon Hill

Solomon Hill (photo. Luke Adams, Arizona Athletics Photography)

Worst of the day
OK, so in scoring a combined 104 points, Colorado and Arizona set a new Pac-12 Championship game record for lowest combined score by 19 points, but lots of it had to do with solid defense. The Buffs shot only 38 percent and the Wildcats sat at a lowly 36.7 clip, but the two teams also only combined for 15 turnovers.

And it was remarkable that Colorado pulled off the win despite scoring three — yes, three — points in the last 9:12 of the game. Those three came off of the previously noted Carlon Brown dunk and a free throw. Sure, maybe it wasn’t fun to watch. But if you appreciate good defense, overlooking the ugly statistics is much, much easier.

Faces in the crowd
Washington State coach Ken Bone was sitting somewhere in the stands to take in the game. I know this because during one timeout, a fan camera was focused on a crazy Arizona supporter, and it caught a stone-faced Bone watching as the lady made a fool of herself by dancing around. It’s safe to say that Bone was not about to start Dougie-ing.

Remember when the media picked the Buffaloes to finish next-to-last in the Pac-12 despite it being a down year and teams like Utah and Arizona State looking to finish down there, too? Yeah, they lost a lot of players from last season, when they were an NCAA bubble team. Well, Tad Boyle’s squad didn’t buy it, and they used last year’s snub and the media poll as motivation.

“We dedicated this game beforehand to Cory Higgins, Levi Knutson, Marcus Relphorde, Trent Beckley, Javon Coney, and Alec Burks,” Boyle said. “Not a lot of you in this room may know those six guys, but those six guys sat in my home last year on Selection Sunday for their last opportunity to go to the NCAA Tournament, and they were snubbed. That inspired us. They picked us 11th. That inspired us.”

Eyes and ears
The Buffs fans definitely traveled well in their first Pac-12 Tournament, and the athletic department even flew out some members of the student section. These guys are serious, too. One dude was dressed head to toe in a golden Halo get-up while another fellow had a black and gold Iron Man outfit.

Also, best fan sign of the weekend came courtesy of a CU student. “Cat people are weird.” Simple, and kind of clever.

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