Men's Pac-12 Tournament

Wednesday's games

No. 9 Oregon State 69, No. 8 Washington State 64

No. 5 UCLA 55, No. 12 USC 40

No. 7 Stanford 85, No. 10 Arizona State 65

No. 6 Colorado 53, No. 11 Utah 41

Thursday's games

No. 9 Oregon St. vs. No. 1 Washington, 1:10 p.m., Root Sports

No. 5 UCLA vs. No. 4 Arizona, 3:40 p.m., Root Sports

No. 7 Stanford vs. No. 2 California, 7:10 p.m., Root Sports

No. 6 Colorado vs. No. 3 Oregon, 9:40 p.m., Root Sports

Friday's games

First semifinal game, 7:10 p.m., Root Sports

Second semifinal game, 9:40 p.m., Root Sports

Saturday's game

Championship, 4:10 p.m., KCNC (4)

LOS ANGELES -- It turns out Larry Scott isn't all-powerful.

The aggressive Pac-12 Commissioner would have moved UCLA vs. USC matinee to prime-time and the Colorado-Utah nightcap to a more fan-friendly Mountain time slot if he were allowed to tinker with the bracket.

Instead, the Bruins and Trojans played in front of a bunch of empty seats at the Staples Center.

And supporters of the Buffs and Utes had to stay up late on Wednesday night to see the programs make their Pac-12 Tournament debuts.

"People said if I were better at my job, this bracket wouldn't have come out this way," Scott joked. "It's unfortunate that such an amazing marquee matchup of the two L.A. schools wouldn't have been at a different time, but that's the way the draw works.


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Scott said even with the Pac-12's new television deal starting next season, Buffs fans should get used to 9:40 p.m. start times.

"With these tournaments, we're playing four games in a day," Scott said. "You wind up starting a little earlier than you like, and ending a little later than you'd like."

The Pac-12 Tournament's days in Los Angeles are numbered.

Scott said "no decision has been made" about moving the event to Las Vegas. However, it appears that the announcement will be made that the MGM Grand will host the tournament beginning in 2013 after the school presidents and chancellors are briefed this weekend.

Los Angeles and Seattle also submitted bids to host future Pac-12 Tournaments.

Short bus trip

UCLA head coach Ben Howland suspended Joshua Smith for the first half of the Bruins' 55-40 victory over UCLA on Wednesday. The star center was "four minutes late" for the team bus.

But why did UCLA need to take a bus from the team hotel to the Staples Center across the street?

"Last year we walked," Howland said. "It's a whole ... going through a tunnel and walking through people that are out drinking and hanging out in L.A. Live. So I wanted to avoid that this year."

The Bruins will take the bus again to today's quarterfinal game against Arizona, which has suspended guard Josiah Turner for the quarterfinals.

"They'll rally," Howland said of the fourth-seeded Wildcats, who likely need a win to keep their NCAA Tournament hopes alive. "They're coming off a tough loss against a rival school, Arizona State, and you know they're going to want to play well."

Buffs seeing 20-20

And on the third attempt, CU finally picked up its elusive 20th win of the season with a victory over Utah on Wednesday night at the Staples Center. This is the first time in the 111-year history of the program that the Buffs have won at least 20 games in consecutive seasons.

Boyle, who guided the team to a record 24 wins during his first year on the job, has led the program two of its six 20-win campaigns.

Ricardo Patton had three 20-win seasons -- 2005-06 (20-10), 2002-03 (20-12), 1996-97 (22-10). Chuck Gardner coached the Buffs to a 21-7 record and the program's last conference championship in 1968-69.

CU recruits shining

Xavier Johnson, a member of Boyle's highly touted 2012 recruiting class, has been stealing the headlines in the local high school playoffs. Last Saturday, the 6-foot-7 wing scored 19 points and grabbed 20 rebounds to lead Mater Dei (Santa Ana) to a 63-59 victory over Long Beach Poly in the Southern Section 1AA championship game.

Mater Dei, ranked No. 1 in the Los Angeles Times poll, was scheduled to open the boys Division I state bracket on Wednesday night against Crescenta Valley.

Two of Boyle's other prize recruits, Lewis-Palmer's Josh Scott and Sierra's Wesley Gordon, will be in action in the Colorado state playoffs this week at the Coors Events Center.

The two future Buffs could meet in the 4A state title game. Lewis-Palmer plays Valor Christian at 4 p.m. and Sierra plays Broomfield at 5:30 p.m. in Thursday's semifinals.

Buffs-Utes series

The Buffs, who went 3-0 against Utah this season and have prevailed in five consecutive meetings, lead the series 23-15.

Before CU and Utah were Rocky Mountain Conference and Mountain States Conference rivals, the program's played on a neutral court in Denver with the Utes winning 32-30 on Dec. 23, 1936.

Notable

UCLA advanced despite shooting 33.9 percent from the field. USC was 15-for-52 (28.8 percent) shooting. ... Oregon State, coming off a 83-69 romp over CU in the regular-season finale, will face top-seeded Washington after the ninth-seeded Beavers beat Washington State, 69-64. ... Stanford improved to 21-10 on the season after putting Arizona State (10-21) out of its misery, 85-65. The seventh-seeded Cardinal will play rival Cal, which it beat last Sunday in Palo Alto, in the third quarterfinal on Thursday night.

Quotable

"The rule is wrong. The rule is stupid. And they need to do something to adjust it," USC head coach Kevin O'Neill on Garrett Jackson getting called for a flagrant foul for an inadvertent elbow.