Chris Dufresne / On College Basketball

A different kind of bluegrass statement on Selection Sunday

We interrupt regular programming to remind everyone Oregon won the Pac-12 tournament title Saturday night in Las Vegas.

It is true Oregon suffered through a rough patch playing without injured guard Dominic Artis this season, but it's also true Artis was back in time to score 14 points in Saturday's win over UCLA.

The committee theoretically is supposed to reward teams playing well at the end of the season.

"They looked a lot more like themselves last night," Bobinski admitted to CBS regarding Oregon. "But at that point we had evaluated their entire season's worth of work."

There have been plenty of years the Pac-12 deserved to be ignored at tournament time, but was this one of them?

UCLA got a tough draw against No. 11 Minnesota in Austin, Texas. If the Bruins survive they'd probably face Florida, a team they've met only three times in the NCAA tournament . . . since 2006.

UCLA Coach Ben Howland reportedly was so miffed he asked to borrow Bobinski's jacket so he could throw it.

Oregon received favorable first-week routing through San Jose but faces a very tough opener against Oklahoma State.

Teams aren't supposed to meet in regular-season rematches if at all possible, yet that didn't stop the committee from pairing California against Nevada Las Vegas in San Jose.

"Trust me," Bobinski said, "we didn't try to make that rematch."

Blame it on Bobinski's bracket mechanic.

The Big East, making a last stand before being subdivided into conference condominiums, led all conferences with eight NCAA bids. The Big Ten had seven and four leagues had five.

The committee showed it had a collective sense of humor by setting up a potential second-round South Regional meeting between Kansas and North Carolina in Kansas City, Mo. That would pit Tar Heels Coach Roy Williams against his former team in a matchup that has always been good for a laugh . . . or a cry.

chris.dufresne@latimes.com

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