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.
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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