NCAA Men’s College Basketball News: The PAC-12 Tournament In Las Vegas Provides A New Venue And A Practice Run For A Team Who Has Its Eye On An NCAA Championship Title Run:
March 13th, 2013, is the opening day of the 2nd Annual PAC 12 Men’s Basketball Tournament under the new PAC-12 brand name. In recent years the previous PAC-10 and now PAC-12 Tournament was held at the Staple Center in Los Angeles, California. The Staple Center is a great facility but maybe not the best venue when trying to lore travelers from vast regions of the West, like Arizona, Colorado, Washington and Oregon. Even the Los Angeles crowd has grown stale but when you throw Las Vegas into the mix fan interest may be stirred up. Some people make up excuses for why they have to go to Las Vegas. Businesses and conventioneers always have Las Vegas at or near the top of their list of locations to hold conventions, business meetings, etc. . . , especially when there are participants are coming diverse locations.
The UCLA Bruins (13-3, 3-0) have been white hot over the past month going on an eight game winning streak. This young and talented team is finally playing up to the potential many critics and fans had hoped.
Sensational freshman guard Shabazz Muhammad has been averaging 20.1 PPG during UCLA’s winning streak, but did play poorly against Utah going 3-13 with just six points.
The Colorado Buffaloes (11-4, 1-2) has won three of their last five games, but if consider the circumstances over the past week many critics would argue that they should be 5-0.
Colorado had a game stolen from them last week against the Arizona Wildcats by a blown call by the referees when Sabatino Chen hit the game-winning jumper at the end of regulation. Colorado was never able to recover in OT and the aftermath of that game lingered with them against Arizona State, who they should have beat.
This game will feature two players ranked third in the Nation in their respected categories.