With the Pac-12 men’s basketball regular season all wrapped up, it’s time to get ready for the conference tournament.
The Oregon Ducks and USC Trojans finished in a tie for the top spot, but the Ducks win it based on winning percentage (.778 to .750).
Colorado finished a game behind both teams to take third place. UCLA finished fourth, half-a-game behind the Buffaloes.
Next, Arizona came in fifth, but due to a self-imposed postseason ban the Wildcats will not participate in the Pac-12 Tournament.
So, Oregon State moves up to the No. 5 seed. The Beavs and Stanford tied for sixth in the regular season, but OSU gets the tiebreaker “by virtue of their prior victory over the top-seeded Ducks.”
With Arizona out, there can’t be a first-round game between the No. 5 and No. 12 seeds. So, the Top 5 teams get a first-round bye.
All right, with that out of the way, here’s how first round games will stack up.
Game times are all Pacific Time and take place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas (* – approximate time).
Wednesday, March 10 (all games on the Pac-12 Networks)
No. 8 Arizona State vs. No. 9 Washington State; tip-off at 1 p.m.
No. 7 Utah vs. No. 10 Washington; tip-off at 4 p.m.*
No. 6 Stanford vs. No. 11 Cal; tip-off at 7 p.m.*
Thursday, March 11
No. 1 Oregon vs. Winner of ASU-WSU; tip-off at 11:30 a.m. on Pac-12 Networks.
No. 4 UCLA vs. No. 5 Oregon State; tip-off at 2:30 p.m.* also on the Pac-12 Networks. Winner advances to Semifinals on Friday, where they will face either Oregon, ASU or WSU.
No. 2 USC vs. Winner of Utah-UW; tip-off at 5:30 p.m.* on the Pac-12 Networks.
No. 3 Colorado vs. Winner of Stan-Cal; tip-off at 8:30 p.m.* on ESPN.
Friday, March 12
Semifinals – The Oregon and Oregon State side of the bracket plays their semifinal at 5:30 p.m. on the Pac-12 Networks. The other half of the bracket’s semifinal plays at 8:30 p.m.* on ESPN.
Saturday, March 13
Pac-12 Championship Game – Primetime matchup at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN. Also, we’ll have the radio call of the Pac-12 Championship Game via Westwood One on our airwaves (AM-750) Saturday night.
In case you got confused reading that, here’s how the bracket looks:
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