Play It Forward March 27-April 2: Finally, a Final Four … we see a USC in there, but …

And to think, it would have been such a quick drive, with perhaps a stop for Slim Jims at the Blythe Circle K, for the fans of UCLA to make if they needed another excuse to extend their spring break. Even closer for Arizona fans, coming up from Tucson. But the Pac-12’s future hopes in the NCAA men’s basketball Final Four are pinned to the Ducks from Oregon flying south from Eugene, in this position for the first time since they won the very first official men’s championship in 1939.
Jim Nantz, Grant Hill and Bill Raftery call Oregon-North Carolina at about 5:30 p.m. on Saturday at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., a half hour after Gonzaga faces South Carolina in the other semifinal.
More of the week ahead — including another Lakers-Clippers encounter, the Dodgers-Angels exhibition series at their home stadiums, and the LPGA’s first major in Rancho Mirage — at this link.

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