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Pac-12 stability: Crucial season for UCLA's Alford

After posting a losing record last season, UCLA coach Steve Alford needs a strong 2016-2017 campaign. How secure is Arizona's Sean Miller? We rank the stability of each Pac-12 coach's post.

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Houston signs undrafted free agents

Undrafted free agents Kyle Wiltjer, from Gonzaga, and Gary Payton II, from Oregon State, have reportedly signed with the Rockets. Wiltjer confirmed the news with a tweet. KGW News

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Pacers a good fit for Gary Payton II

The Pacers like experienced players who can contribute right away, notes Kevin Pelton, and the Oregon State senior fits the bill. Payton II could play alongside either Joseph Young or Rodney Stuckey on Indiana's second unit. Brilliant picks (Insider)

Will Beavers get a win in the Big Dance?

Without its major contributors, Oregon State will continue its pursuit of something the team hasn't done since 1982: win an NCAA tournament game. It'll be a lot harder this time around. Teams with tourney struggles (Insider)

Why has the Pac-12 Conference struggled in the NCAA tournament? (1:13)
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West coast, best coast?

When it comes to the tournament, not so much. Of the seven Pac-12 teams to make the tourney, five were knocked out in the first round. Utah is the only team to have won so far, but top-seeded Oregon plays tonight. Can they make up for the rest and hang with the best?

JeQuan Lewis: 'Surreal' winning in first round (0:53)
Mo Alie-Cox: We know we can play with anybody (1:01)
Melvin Johnson: This is a big-time opportunity (1:04)

John Gasaway ESPN Insider 

You shouldn't judge a conference by the one-game sample size offered by the NCAA tournament. Or at least you shouldn't do that ordinarily. But the Pac-12's 1-5 record -- and most crucially the fact that all five losses came to lower seeds -- does little to counter the sentiment that the league's beautiful RPI was built on savvy scheduling more than performance.

VCU methodical in win over Oregon State (2:52)

VCU beats Oregon State

The game was tied with 8 minutes to go, but the Rams pulled away and got a eight-point win. Box score

Oregon State grabs lead over VCU

In the second half, the Beavers went on a 10-0 run and now have the advantage over the Rams. Gary Payton II has 15 points, and Derrick Bruce added a dozen. Follow live

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Gary Payton II has taken over for Oregon State. Payton's alley-oop slam followed by a thunderous breakaway dunk has given Oregon State a 51-49 lead over VCU. Beavers are on a 14-2 run.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

VCU has been cold from 3 all game, making just 1 of 11 from downtown. But the Rams have feasted on Oregon State inside with 31 points in the paint. VCU remains in control up 45-37.

VCU has 8-point lead at half

Thirty of the Rams' 36 points came from four of their starters. The 10-seed has the lead over 7-seed Oregon State going into the locker room. Beavers G Gary Payton II has a team-high 7 points and 4 rebounds. Halftime stats

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

VCU leads the nation in steals, but has been unable to rattle Oregon State point guard Gary Payton II, who has yet to turn the ball over and has scored a team-high 7 points. Payton II, however, hasn't gotten much help despite getting his teammates open shots, as the Beavers collectively are shooting just 37 percent from the field. VCU leads at the half, 36-28.

John Gasaway ESPN Insider 

Oregon State will be fighting a statistical tendency today against VCU. No NCAA tournament team that was outscored during conference play has made it past the first weekend since West Virginia reached the 2005 Elite Eight. This season Texas Tech, Colorado, USC and the Beavers were all outscored in league play. Wayne Tinkle's men will try to be the exception to this bracket rule.

Team Stats

Points Per Game72.1205th
Rebounds Per Game34.6259th
Assists Per Game13.5166th
Points Allowed70.0130th

Tournament History

Final Fours2
Tournament Record12-20
Championship SeasonsNone
Tournament Appearances17