2012 Pac-12 Tournament Preview, Prediction, Bracket, and TV Schedule

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.

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Pac-12 Tournament Preview

The Favorite

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.

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Washington is probably an NCAA Tournament team no matter what, but Lorenzo Romar and the Huskies may want to win the Pac-12 Tournament to eliminate all doubt.

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 Contenders

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

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via Pac12.org

2012 Pac 12 Tournament TV Schedule and Results

Game Date Matchup Time TV
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

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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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