The Pac-12 has served as the go-to punchline in college hoops this season, but there is a lot on the line when the Pac-12 Tournament starts on Wednesday.
No team is a lock to make the tournament, and four squads will be fighting for their at-large lives.
- Site: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
- Pac-12 Tournament Website
- Pac-12 Tournament Printable Bracket
- Pac-12 Tournament Tickets via Vivid Seats, the Official Ticket Provider of MSF
Pac-12 Tournament Preview
Washington won the regular season title with a 14-4 league record, and while it’s tough to imagine a major conference champ missing the tournament, the Huskies are by no means a lock.
They have just one Top 50 win (against 50th-ranked Oregon) and are only 9-9 against the Top 150. Lorenzo Romar seems to have a knack for getting his teams to play well in this event, but Washington probably needs to make the Finals to feel even remotely safe on Selection Sunday.
Tony Wroten Jr. and Terrence Ross are two of the league’s most exciting players, and both score better than 15 points per contest.
The two seed will be California, who has the league’s highest RPI entering the tournament. Like Washington, Cal’s only Top 50 wins have come against Oregon, who the Bears swept this season. They boast a solid backcourt with Pac-12 Player of the Year Jorge Gutierrez, Allen Crabbe, and Justin Cobbs, but their lack of depth could be a factor if they wind up playing three games in three days.
Oregon comes in with zero Top 50 wins, but they are playing as well as anyone in the league right now. The Ducks are 11-3 in their last 14 games, with the losses coming by a total of nine points. Minnesota transfer Devoe Joseph leads the team in scoring with 16.8 points per game, and he and fellow sharpshooter Garrett Sim are both hitting over 44 percent from beyond the arc.
The final tournament hopeful is Arizona, but their loss to Arizona State last weekend puts them in a difficult spot heading into the tournament. The Wildcats probably need to run the table and earn the automatic bid if they want to make the NCAA Tournament.
Pac-12 Tournament Prediction
While the overall performance of the Pac-12 has been poor, it has actually added to the intrigue of the conference tournament and what will happen in its aftermath. Consequently, I expect a number of hard-fought (although potentially not well-played) games in Los Angeles.
I’m taking Oregon to win the Pac-12 Tournament based on their recent play and the shooting of Joseph and Sim.
Pac-12 Tournament Bracket
2012 Pac 12 Tournament TV Schedule and Results
|1||Wed, March 7||#9 Oregon State def #8 Washington State 69-64||12:00 PT||FSN|
|2||Wed, March 7||#5 UCLA def #12 USC 55-40||2:30 PT||FSN|
|3||Wed, March 7||#7 Stanford def #10 Arizona State 85-65||6:00 PT||FSN|
|4||Wed, March 7||#6 Colorado def #11 Utah 53-41||8:30 PT||FSN|
|5||Thu, March 8||#9 Oregon State def #1 Washington 86-84||12:00 PT||FSN|
|6||Thu, March 8||#4 Arizona def #5 UCLA 66-58||2:30 PT||FSN|
|7||Thu, March 8||#2 California def #7 Stanford 77-71||6:00 PT||FSN|
|8||Thu, March 8||#6 Colorado def #3 Oregon 63-62||8:30 PT||FSN|
|9||Fri, March 9||#4 Arizona def #9 Oregon State 72-61||6:00 PT||FSN|
|10||Fri, March 9||#6 Colorado def #2 California 70-59||8:30 PT||FSN|
|11||Sat, March 10||Pac-12 Tournament Championship Game: #6 Colorado def #4 Arizona 53-51||3:00 PT||CBS|
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)|