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Ncaa Players Ready For Championship Week

Updates with new lead and quotes. The 10th-seeded Beavers faced off against the 7th-seeded Huskies for the chance to face USC in the second round of the Pac-12 Tournament. If the Ducks can get past the Utes they take on Oregon State on Saturday.

Oregon State improved to 16-15. The Trojans were able to control the tempo against Oregon State in a wire-to-wire, 61-48 victory on Friday, as Chimezie Metu scored 22 points, grabbed 11 boards and blocked two shots in his usual high-flying fashion.

"Tough one for us obviously", coach Wayne Tinkle said. "Very proud of our players. They had a lot of pressure on them today, because we had about five guys going through this for the first time as far as the Pac-12 Tournament goes, having minutes on the floor".

Second-seeded USC (22-10) jumped on Oregon State early and hounded the Beavers all night, holding them to 31-percent shooting.

Jordan McLaughlin had 13 points, five rebounds and four assists for the Trojans, who move on to face the Oregon-Utah victor in Friday's semifinals.

"Every time we go we're borderline", Stewart said. If Arizona State had Trae Young instead of Tra Holder, we would be hearing a lot more about its collapse in conference play, which is similar to what Oklahoma is going through.

This year, the league is struggling with the perception that the parity - six teams finished within two games of each other from the No. 2 to No. 7 spots in the regular-season standings - could cost the Pac-12 on Selection Sunday. He hit two deep three-pointers and racked up 10 points in the first half.

Wayne Tinkle, Tres Tinkle and Thompson all said fatigue was not a factor.

But now, after a slew of controversies - replete with involvement in an Federal Bureau of Investigation sting that resulted in the departure of De'Anthony Melton and the firing of associate coach Tony Bland - and untimely injuries, the Trojans find themselves in the same position as last season: fortunate just to be included in the 68-team field. USC should hope that Utah reaches the semifinals so that a win would give the Trojans another Quadrant 1 win.

While the Ducks sat out the opening day, their first opponent got warmed up and adjusted to the neutral-site arena while building some confidence with a victory.

Mathews had 10 points for the Trojans while Thompson had seven for the Beavers.

Oregon State ranks 36th in rebounds allowed per game (32.0) while USC ranks 87th (33.4).

"Let me first start by apologizing to Arizona State for what happened at the end there", Boyle told reporters after the game.

I was told that it was a shove. But I don't want the emotions to overtake the moment, because we had fought so hard and played so well up until that point.

"I felt like we were in the tournament coming into this game regardless of the outcome".

A year ago, Oregon State suffered through an injury-marred 5-27 season.

Now the Ducks are head to the semifinals, Friday night against USC.

It was either going to be Oregon State or Washington. The ankle seemed to still be bothering him against USC, preventing him from getting good lift on drives to the basket.

With less than a minute left and the Cougars down by three, sophomore point guard Malachi Flynn rolled over the top of a screen to catch and shoot a long three-pointer to tie the game up and eventually send it to overtime.

It's not easy to miss the NCAA tournament despite a pair of wins over potential No. 1 seeds, but by golly Arizona State is determined to try.

Editor's Note - Results from the game between Utah and OR were unavailable at press time.

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