LAS VEGAS — UCLA’s high-flying offense is back.
A week after shooting 33.3 percent in an ugly loss at Washington State to end the regular season, the Bruins couldn’t miss in a 82-63 blowout of Oregon.
In what was arguably the most highly anticipated of the Pac-12 Tournament’s second day, UCLA turned a quarterfinal matchup into its own personal billboard.
The league’s second seed had dropped its last meeting with the Ducks, falling in double-overtime while its two best players — Jordan Adams and Kyle Anderson — served a one-game suspension. Steve Alford’s team had beaten Oregon 70-68 in Eugene on Jan. 30, but the Ducks had won eight straight heading into Thursday evening.
After an opening-round victory over Oregon State, they looked eager to make a run deep to a second straight conference tourney title.
UCLA, which had lost 78-69 in last year’s Vegas finale, made sure that wouldn’t happen.
The Bruins shot 56.6 percent from the field, including an 8-of-16 showing from beyond the arc.
Anderson scored seven of UCLA’s last nine points in the first half, giving the Bruins a 37-35 lead heading into the break.
The team then opened the second half on an 18-4 run, and cruised the rest of the way. Five Bruins finished in double figures, led by Adams’ 15 points.
Anderson finished with 11 points, eight rebounds and six assists, while freshman Zach LaVine chipped in 14 points and three rebounds off the bench.
The Bruins will play Friday at 8:40 p.m. in the Pac-12 semifinals, facing either Arizona State or Stanford. [UPDATE: Stanford blew out the Sun Devils 79-58 and advance to play UCLA for the third time this season. The two teams split their regular-season series.]