Pac-12 Tournament Primer: Dates, Site, TV Info, Tickets, History, and Current Tourney Outlook

The regular season has ended and the standings and seeds are final. Click to see the bracket and TV schedule for the 2012 Pac-12 Tournament.

The Pac-12 has been a punchline for most of the season, but when the conference tournament tips off on March 7th, expect plenty of close, hard-fought games with a number of teams fighting for their post-season lives.

pac-12-tournament-logoPac-12 Tournament Info

Tournament Site: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA

Tournament Dates and TV Coverage:

  • First Round: Wednesday, March 7th at 3:00, 5:30, 9:00, and 11:30 (FSN)
  • Quarterfinals: Thursday, March 8th at 3:00, 5:30, 9:00, and 11:30 (FSN)
  • Semifinals: Friday, March 9th at 9:00 and 11:30 (FSN)
  • Championship: Saturday, March 10th at 6:00 (CBS)

Seeding/Bracket Notes: The top four seeds receive byes to the Quarterfinals on Thursday, March 8th.


Pac-12 Tournament Outlook

At this point, California is the only Pac-12 team who should feel even remotely confident about their NCAA hopes.  The Bears are tied atop the league at 12-3 and are just outside of the RPI Top 30.  They have virtually no depth, but Cal does have a terrific trio of backcourt players in Allen Crabbe, Jorge Gutierrez, and Justin Cobbs, who combine to average 42.4 points, 13.8 rebounds, and 11.4 assists with Crabbe and Cobbs both shooting better than 40 percent from beyond the arc.

Washington is tied for the lead with Cal after winning eight of their last nine contests.  The Huskies definitely aren’t short on talent, but they struggled in the non-conference and have a few lopsided losses.  They don’t have many interior players, but instead Washington relies on a slew of talented guards and wings like Tony Wroten, Terrence Ross, and C.J. Wilcox.  Lorenzo Romar’s teams always seem to peak late in the season, which could bode well for the Huskies’ chances in the tournament.  As it stands, they are firmly on the bubble.

Plenty of other teams are in need of deep tournament runs to increase their slim at-large hopes, most notably Arizona and Oregon.  Three of Arizona’s five conference losses have come by a total of five points, but they need to rack up more wins to bolster a mediocre tournament profile.  The Ducks suffered two of their losses before Minnesota transfer and leading scorer Devoe Joseph became eligible, but they have no Top 50 wins, which makes a deep run here a must.

For all the ridicule that the Pac-12 has endured this season for its poor non-conference performance and lack of quality wins, that should actually make for a more exciting tournament since virtually every team will come into Anaheim feeling like their only chance to go dancing is to win it.

Pac-12 Tournament History: Champions, Locations, MVPs

Year Pac 12 Tournament Champion Score Pac 12 Tournament Runner-Up MVP Site
1987 UCLA 76-64 Washington Reggie Miller, UCLA Pauley Pavilion (LA)
1988 Arizona 93-67 Oregon State Sean Elliott, Arizona McKale Center (Tucson)
1989 Arizona 73-51 Stanford Sean Elliott, Arizona Great Western Forum (Inglewood)
1990 Arizona 94-78 UCLA Jud Buechler, Arizona University Activity Center (Tempe)
2002 Arizona 81-71 USC Luke Walton, Arizona Staples Center (LA)
2003 Oregon 74-66 USC Luke Ridnour, Oregon Staples Center (LA)
2004 Stanford 77-66 Washington Josh Childress, Stanford Staples Center (LA)
2005 Washington 81-72 Arizona Salim Stoudamire, Arizona Staples Center (LA)
2006 UCLA 71-52 California Leon Powe, California Staples Center (LA)
2007 Oregon 81-57 USC Tajuan Porter, Oregon Staples Center (LA)
2008 UCLA 67-64 Stanford Darren Collison, UCLA Staples Center (LA)
2009 USC 66-63 Arizona St. DeMar DeRozen, USC Staples Center (LA)
2010 Washington 79-75 California Isaiah Thomas, Washington Staples Center (LA)
2011 Washington 77-75 Arizona Isaiah Thomas, Washington Staples Center (LA)
2012 Colorado 53-51 Arizona Carlon Brown, Colorado Staples Center (LA)


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About Andy Bottoms

While Andy was born and raised in Indiana, he would like to point out that he grew up shooting hoops in his driveway and not against the side of a barn like you see in all the March Madness promos or in the middle of a field like Jimmy Chitwood. Andy ranks among the top bracketologists according to the Bracket Matrix and has provided his projections to Fox Sports for the past three seasons. When not compiling excuses for missing work during the NCAA Tournament, Andy enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters. He is a proud IU graduate and co-hosts The Assembly Call postgame show following every IU game. Twitter: @AndyBottoms

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