LAS VEGAS — This could only happen in this town, at this moment, to this dramatic, desperate, dancing-with-doom UCLA basketball team. Read more at LA Times
UCLA rallied to win a wild semifinal game against the 18th-ranked Arizona Wildcats, but the player responsible for carrying the Bruins to the win fell awkwardly on his last shot attempt, helped defend Arizona's attemp to tie the game, and then limped off the floor as the final buzzer sounded. X-rays showed that Jordan Adams broke his foot and will miss the remainder of the season.
Jordan had the best game of his collegiate career in the semifinal game, scoring 24 points that included a run of 15 straight in the second half for the Bruins. He is the team's second-leading scorer, the team's best free throw shooter at 84%, and arguably their best defender.
The Jordan-less Bruins move on to the finals where they will face the Oregon Ducks who controlled Utah in a sloppy, physical game in which the Ducks held the Utes to only 15 first half points. The game was the only blowout of the Pac-12 Tourney so far, a tourney that has seen an average lead of only 2.5 points with 1 minute to go in regulation in the previous games before the Ducks routed the Utes.
The Bruins lost their only meeting with the Ducks this season, a 67-76 thumping at home. Oregon dominated the boards in that game, and Duck center Tony Woods lead the scoring by going 8-9 from the floor. The Bruins' Shabazz Muhammad played 29 minutes off the bench and Jordan Adams went 0-6 from the field.
Can the Bruins win the final without Jordan? Have their chances of advancing in the NCAA tourney been significantly reduced?