Pac-12 tournament final: Oregon vs. UCLA
Oregon Ducks vs. UCLA Bruins (+1.5, 138.5)
Oregon and No. 25 UCLA will each try for their third Pac-12 tournament title in the last 10 years when they meet Saturday in Las Vegas. The top-seeded Bruins will need to regroup after receiving news that second-leading scorer Jordan Adams will miss the remainder of the season after breaking his right foot on the final play of UCLA’s semifinal win against No. 18 Arizona on Friday. Adams, a freshman guard who scored 24 points against the Wildcats, was just as valuable on the defensive side of the ball, leading the Pac-12 in steals (2.2).
Oregon learned this season what can happen when a key starter goes down with an injury. The third-seeded Ducks won their first six conference games with Dominic Artis starting at point guard. He went down with a foot injury and Oregon went 5-4 while he was out, losing their grip on first place in the Pac-12. TV:
11 p.m. ET, ESPNABOUT OREGON (25-8):
Damyean Dotson seems to have found his groove again and that could spell trouble for the Bruins, especially with Adams unable to guard the freshman shooting guard. Dotson combined for 31 points in the first two tournament games, his best two-game stretch of the season. He scored in single digits the final six regular-season games. Another player who seems to be finding his shooting touch at the right time is senior forward E.J. Singler. He has scored in double figures in three straight games for the first time this season.ABOUT UCLA (25-8):
The Bruins are hoping they’ll see the Larry Drew II that scored a season-high 20 points in the quarterfinals and not the one who went scoreless against Arizona. The senior point guard wasn’t counted on for his scoring this season, so anything he contributes is a big bonus, especially with Adams sidelined. His specialty is ball distribution as he entered the tournament fourth in the nation in assists (7.6) and second in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.28). TRENDS:
* Bruins are 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall.
* Over is 4-0 in Ducks’ last four Saturday games.
* Ducks are 1-5 ATS in their last six neutral site games.TIP-INS
1. UCLA leading scorer Shabazz Muhammad has combined for six points in the first half of the first two tournament games and 21 in the second half.
2. The Bruins won the tournament in 2006 and 2008, Oregon in 2003 and 2007.
3. The Ducks are 18-2 with Artis in the starting lineup.