Last games of the year

#19 DePaul beat Northern Illinois 65-46, and gave Blue Demons Coach Doug Bruno his 500th win.

Nnemkadi and Chiney Ogwumike each posted double-doubles to lead #4 Stanford in smashing UCLA, 77-50.

Some other spots in the Pac-12 were hot today – especially in Oregon less than an hour ago.

It took two overtimes, but Washington State prevailed over Oregon State, 61-54.

Oregon rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit to beat Washington, 88-86. (It was exciting – I watched it)

Colorado had to come back to overcome Utah, 58-52. The Buffs remain unbeaten.

Arizona State bested Arizona, 60-45. And in the other Southern California, it was USC over Cal, 74-54.

Full scoreboard.

Twenty-two teams start 2012 off with a game tomorrow, including #6 Kentucky, #8 Tennessee and #24 Gonzaga.

Like many do this time of year, I’ve been reflecting this week, and I can’t think of too many things that make me happier than basketball. I have a good feeling about 2012 hoops.

Happy New Year.