LAS VEGAS — Oregon’s Dillon Brooks couldn’t talk for sure about his next opponent — Arizona or UCLA — but he was able to comment about the potency of West Coast basketball with the Ducks, Wildcats and Bruins all Final Four caliber.
Brooks, beset by foul trouble in most of Oregon’s 73-65 win over Cal, talked with me and other reporters after the Pac-12 tournament semifinal game at T-Mobile Arena on Friday night. The fifth-ranked Ducks (29-4) play in the championship game against Arizona or UCLA.
In our interview, he touched on his foul trouble against the Bears and the dominance in the West, including Gonzaga out of the West Coast Conference. Imagine a Final Four of those for teams in Phoenix.
As Brooks says in the interview it all depends on where the teams are placed but it is a worthy Final Four field.
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