Joshua S. Kelly-US PRESSWIRE
The Colorado Buffaloes and Oregon Ducks landed signature wins for the Pac-12 against Baylor and Vanderbilt respectively, although Washington State and Utah had tough losses against Pepperdine and Sacramento State. Cal beat Denver and Oregon State beat Purdue.
Colorado 60, #16 Baylor 58
Overall, Colorado didn't do too much offensively, and it was their defense that helped them win the game. The defense held Baylor to 3-16 shooting from three, and 36% overall from the field. Spencer Dinwiddie played great defense on Pierre Jackson all game long forcing him to 3-11 from the field and 1-6 from beyond the arc. Also, Brady Heslip was limited to 7 points and shot 1-5 from three. Andre Roberson stood out once again on defense and on the glass. His offense is still limited, but on the other side of the ball, he's one of the best in the nation.
Oregon 74, Vanderbilt 48
More than anything, it was Oregon's defense that sparked the Ducks against the Commodores, forcing Vanderbilt to commit 18 turnovers – 11 in the first half – and holding them to under 20 percent from beyond the arc.
"We knew they were going to shoot threes coming in," [E.J.] Singler said. "We knew their starting five could all shoot the three, so that was a big emphasis on us this week, containing the three and not letting them get good, open three looks."
"We knew how big of a game this was for us as a collective unit, a test to measure where we're at, and I think we came out and really showed a good team effort."
California 72, Denver 61
Allen Crabbe might be ready to take a big leap. We already started talking about the possibilities after he torched CSU Bakersfield and Pepperdine, but those two teams aren't anywhere near good enough to justify any conclusions. But Crabbe just dropped 20 points against a defensively solid, slow down team without relying on 3 pointers. He did it by getting to the basket and not shying away from contact.
An Allen Crabbe that can get his points in the paint and from the line in addition to jump shots? That Allen Crabbe should terrify the rest of the Pac-12.
Pepperdine 58, Washington State 56 (overtime)
Brock Motum was off all night. He missed a number of layups. Made his typical awful passes, and was lost in the middle of the zone on the possessions that the Cougs chose to employ that tactic. He finished with 15 points on just 4 of 13 shooting, well off his usual efficiency. Motum was hurt at some point, as he went to the locker room for an extended period of time in the second half.
Oregon State 66, Purdue 58
Simply put, this game changed when Devon Collier entered it. The 6-foot-8 junior forward, a Bronx, N.Y., native, scored 13 straight points for Oregon State in one stretch of the first half, when the Beavers took control of the game. He had 17 points and eight rebounds in the first 20 minutes. Purdue trailed 39-28 at intermission.
Sacramento State 74, Utah 71
At the Huntsman Center, the Hornets played with similar determination, coming from 13 down in the final 12 minutes to score another improbable victory.
"We have to learn how to win," said Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak. "… Offensively we were pretty solid for three quarters. Our bigs did exactly what we were looking for — [shooting] high percentages. Then we kind of went away from that.