For Arizona, it was about seeding. For the remaining seven teams in the Pac-12 conference tournament, Thursday's quarterfinals were focused on ensuring an NCAA tournament berth or continuing an unlikely run to one.
ESPN's Joe Lunardi currently has only three Pac-12 teams in the tournament, but USC and UCLA are both among the final eight teams in the field. The Trojans and Bruins were both on the schedule Thursday, with a loss perhaps taking them out of the Dance entirely.
Here's a look at how things played out.
UCLA 88, Stanford 77
UCLA may officially have gotten itself off the bubble.
Aaron Holiday had 34 points, eight assists and seven rebounds to lead UCLA to an 88-77 win over Stanford on Thursday.
Thomas Welsh added an 18-point, 11-rebound double-double for the Bruins. The Bruins made 12 shots from three-point range, nine of which came from Holiday and Welsh.
Four different Cardinal players were in double figures, led by Kezie Okpala, who finished with 23 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Reid Travis added 17 points and 14 rebounds, while Daejon Davis (13 points) and Dorian Pickens (11 points) were in double figures.
UCLA will move on to play top-seeded Arizona, where a win would all but lock the Bruins into the tournament.
Arizona 83, Colorado 67
Colorado kept it close for a half, but Arizona had too much firepower.
All five Arizona starters hit double figures, led by a 22-point effort by Allonzo Trier, as the Wildcats advanced to the semis with an 83-67 win over Colorado.
Arizona led by just two points at halftime but outscored the Buffaloes 48-34 after the break. Trier knocked down five of his nine shots and got to the line 10 times; Arizona shot 38 free throws compared to Colorado's 22.
Dusan Ristic added 16 points and 11 rebounds. Parker Jackson-Cartwright (14 points), Rawle Alkins (12 points) and Deandre Ayton (10 points) were also in double figures. Ayton struggled with his shot and foul trouble for most of the contest but did add six rebounds, three blocks and two steals.
George King scored 19 points to likely end Colorado's season, barring an NIT berth.
USC 61, Oregon State 48
The USC Trojans continued their march toward the NCAA tournament with a 61-48 win over a tired Oregon State Beavers team.
One night after the Beavers needed overtime to best Washington, they came out flat against a USC team that boasted a sharper and more balanced offense after enjoying Wednesday off.
Junior big man Chimezie Metu led USC with 22 points (10-of-15 shooting), 11 rebounds and two blocks. He was joined in double figures by guards Jonah Mathews and Jordan McLaughlin, who each scored 13 points.
Conversely, Oregon State scored just 19 points in the first half, shot 31.6 percent from the field and finished with as many turnovers (10) as assists.
Oregon 68, Utah 66
Kenny Wooten did it again.
One night after the Oregon big man denied Washington State a game-tying bucket at the rim, he conjured up another rejection and emphatically blocked Sedrick Barefield's layup attempt at the buzzer to hand the Ducks a 68-66 win over Utah.
Before Wooten played hero, MiKyle McIntosh came up clutch on the other end when he drove to the bucket, absorbed contact and converted a huge three-point play to put the Ducks up two with 62 seconds to go, as the Pac-12 Network showed on Twitter:
The senior finished with 18 points and served as half of an effective one-two scoring scoring punch alongside junior guard Elijah Brown.
Brown dropped a game-high 21 points and all seven of his made field goals coming from beyond the arc.
The Ducks will now set their sights on a showdown with the Trojans—who won the season's first two meetings by a combined seven points.
Friday's Semifinal Schedule
No. 1 Arizona vs. No. 4 UCLA: 9 p.m. ET, Pac-12 Network
No. 2 USC vs. No. 6 Oregon: 11:30 p.m. ET, FS1
Bracket available through the Pac-12's official website.