The Runnin' Utes' cinderella run through the Pac-12 Tournament comes to an abrupt end against the No. 3 seeded Ducks.
It's been a wild and crazy Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas, with close games galore. But the No. 3 seed Oregon Ducks took all the drama out of their semifinal matchup with Utah early, holding the No. 10 seed Runnin' Utes to just 15 points in the first half and cruising to a 64-45 victory.
After falling behind by 19 points early in the second half, Utah tried to claw its way back into the game, getting within eight points with just under 10 minutes to go. But they never seriously threatened Oregon's lead.
This game really was a reflection of each teams' seasons. The Ducks had the second best defense in Pac-12 play on a per possession basis, while the Utes were the Pac-12's worst offense. Both were at 0.96 points per possession over the 18 games; the Utes wound up scoring just 0.71 in this game, thanks largely to 17 turnovers.
Basically, the Utes played like what they were: A not very deep team playing its third game in three days.
E.J. Singler and Damyean Dotson led Oregon with 14 points apiece, and Singler chipped in 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Jarred DuBois, the hero of Thursday's win over Cal, finished with zero points on 0 of 8 shooting.
The Ducks now advance to the championship game against No. 1 seed UCLA at 8 p.m. PDT on Saturday in a game to be broadcast on ESPN.