Notes and observations as the Pac-12 tournament gets under way at Staples . . .
THURSDAY QUARTERFINAL SCHEDULE
Oregon State vs. Washington, noon
UCLA vs. Arizona, 2:30 p.m.
Stanford vs. Cal, 6 p.m.
Colorado vs. Oregon, 8:30 p.m.
– Colorado survived 35-percent shooting to eliminate Utah 53-41 in a battle of conference newcomers. Andre Roberson had 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Buffs.
– Halftime of Game 4: Colorado trailed early and has a 25-23 lead over Utah.
– Randle on his big night: ”I didn’t know what was going on. I was just playing basketball.” Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins called it “one of those nights Chasson will remember for a long time.”
– Stanford guard Aaron Bright on facing Cal for the second time in five days: “It’s definitely going to be a tough game. They’ve had a great year. They’re our rivals. We can expect it to be a physical and chippy game. We’re looking forward to it.”
– Randle finishes with 30 points — the 14th player to reach that plateau in the Pac-12 tournament — as Stanford wins 85-65 to set up quarter-final duel with Cal. Tipoff 6 p.m. Thursday.
– Stanford leads 50-30 at halftime vs. Arizona State. Freshman Chasson Randle has scored 27 points — already his career high for a game and the Pac-12 tournament record for a half. The old mark was 25 by Warriors rookie Klay Thompson for Washington State last year against Washington.
— Josh Smith did not play in the first half because he was 4 minutes late for UCLA’s bus trip across the street to the Staples Center.
– UCLA wins 55-40 and will play Arizona on Thursday. The Trojans finish 6-26 and scored under 50 points in 13 of them.
– Word from Tucson: Arizona freshman guard Josiah Turner has been suspended indefinitely for violation of teams rules and did not make the trip to L.A.
– UCLA has outscored USC 17-4 since the break and leads 39-25 with 15 minutes left. A layup and free throw by Smith and a 3-point basket by Tyler Lamb and this game is just about over.
– Where’s Waldo? I mean UCLA center Joshua Smith, who is warming up with his teammates for the second half but has not gotten off the bench yet. Maybe Ben Howland is saving all 17.7 of his per-game minutes for the second half.
– UCLA leads USC 22-21 at halftime of Game 2 after trailing 17-9 with 5 1/2 minutes left. The game is played played very much on USC’s terms: Ugly. Bruins shooting 7 for 30 (23.3 percent) and the Trojans 8 for 29 (27.6 percent).
— OSU wins 69-64 despite the fact that guards Jared Cunningham and Starks combined for 3 free throws over the final 33 minutes. Cunningham, with Payton cheering him on, finished with 4 points.
– Courtside cheering for the Beavers: Alums Gary Payton and A.C. Green. Payton, the Oakland legend, was engaged early; when the Beavers began fading, he seemed to become more interested in studying the game program.
– Halftime: WSU 39, OSU 38.
— The Beavers led 24-8 after 7 minutes, thanks to four 3-pointers by Ahmad Starks . . . Fast-forward to 5 minutes left in the half: DaVonte Lacy hits a 3-pointer for WSU and the Cougars lead 30-28. A 22-4 run. . . .
— Oregon State and Washington State open the schedule in front of 500 or so fans sprinkled in a building that holds 20,000 . . . So, why are they waiting until next year (?) to play this thing at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas?