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Tale of the tape: Washington 82, USC 75

Our postgame recap box is below, but first a note to pass along the news that Washington will face Utah at 12 p.m. in its Pac-12 tournament opener on Wednesday. UW and Utah finished tied for eighth place in the Pac-12 standings, and the No. 8 and No. 9 teams play each other in the first round. Utah gets the No. 8 seed thanks to its victory over second-place UCLA, since Utah and UW split their season series and neither team beat first-place Arizona. Tiebreakers galore this season.

PLAYER OF THE GAME — In his final home game at Washington, senior C.J. Wilcox led all scorers with 24 points on 6-for-16 shooting. He was 9-for-9 at the free-throw line, scored seven points during UW’s 15-0 run to open the second half, and added eight rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots in 33 minutes.

IT WAS OVER WHEN — After a sluggish first half, the Huskies scored the first 15 points of the second half en route to a 17-point lead that USC couldn’t overcome.

STAT OF THE GAME — The Huskies used USC’s 14 turnovers to fuel their transition opportunities, and scored 15 points off fast breaks. The Trojans scored just six.

QUOTABLE — “C.J. just kind of takes it all in, comes and goes, moves on about his business. He came out with a really aggressive mindset. You could just see that right away. You look at the fact he had three steals and eight rebounds, it just shows he was aggressive. He was determined today.” – UW coach Lorenzo Romar

WHAT IT MEANS — A home victory over the second-worst team in the Pac-12 with no postseason implications? That doesn’t mean a whole lot. But Romar insists they needed to use this game to gather some momentum heading into next week’s Pac-12 tournament, and due to the fact that they won, maybe they did that. Still, there’s not much to read into a win over this USC team.

NEXT UP — Washington vs. Utah, 12 p.m. Wednesday in Las Vegas, Pac-12 Networks

Christian Caple can be reached at Twitter: @ChristianCaple