Pac-12 Tournament 2012: Bracket, Dates, Start Time and TV Schedule
The Pac-12 does not currently have a team in the top 25, but this conference has some outstanding athletes, and the tournament should be loaded with exciting games.
California and Washington are the only two teams that have a right to feel good about their chances to make the NCAA tournament, and they will be best served to win their first game.
The rest of the teams will enter knowing that they likely need to win out if they want to participate in the "Big Dance."
Here is everything you need to know about this tournament.
You can view the full bracket here.
Dates and Start Times
First Round: Wednesday, March 7
No. 8 Washington State (15-15, 7-11) vs. No. 9 Oregon State (17-13, 7-11) 12:00 p.m. PST
Winner plays No. 1 Washington (21-9, 14-4)
No. 5 UCLA (18-13, 11-7) vs. No. 12 USC (6-25, 1-17) 2:30 p.m. PST
Winner plays No. 4 Arizona (21-10, 12-6)
No. 7 Stanford (20-10, 10-8) vs. No. 10 Arizona State (10-20, 6-12) 6:00 p.m. PST
Winner plays No. 2 California (23-8, 13-5)
No. 6 Colorado (19-11, 11-7) vs. No. 11 Utah (6-24, 3-15) 8:30 p.m. PST
Winner plays No. 3 Oregon (22-8, 13-5)
Quarterfinals: Thursday, March 8
The quarterfinals is in two session as well. The first starts at 3 p.m. and the second at 9 p.m.
Semifinals: Friday, March 9
These will be played back-to-back and begin at 9 p.m.
Finals: Saturday, March 10 at 6 p.m.
*all times ET
The first three rounds will all be broadcast on FSN with the championship game on CBS.
Players to Watch
Tony Wroten, Washington
This dynamic freshman guard is a leading candidate to be Pac-12 player of the year, and is a likely first round selection if he chooses to enter the draft this year.
He averages 16.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.0 steals per game.
He is quick and explosive. He can get to the lane at will. The only thing holding him back is inconsistent outside shooting.
Jared Cunningham, Oregon State
This 6'4" guard junior guard is a the best player on a bad team. He is the conference's leading scorer at 18.3 points per game.
Cunningham is great at penetrating the lane, and he has an excellent mid-range game. He is spotty shooting from distance, but he carries a 34.4 percentage from three and can't be left alone on the outside.
Allen Crabbe, California
This 6'6" sophomore guard has led Cal to an excellent season. He is averaging 15.2 points and grabbing 5.7 boards a game.
He has excellent quickness for his size, and is extremely active with or without the ball in his hands.
Teams to Watch
Who will win this tournament?
The Huskies are a young team with a shot at entering as the No. 1 seed depending on how the weekend's games play out.
This team is stacked with athletes. They love to play small and run up and down the court. They love fast breaks and use a punishing press defense to help get them out on breaks.
Cal is the other team with a shot at the No. 1 seed.
The Bears have thrived with excellent ball movement and solid defense. This team is 12th in the nation in assists per game.
This leads to them being an extremely efficient offense that is as dangerous in half-court sets as they are in the open floor.
Cal is 20th in the nation with a 48.1 field goal percentage.
The Bruins enter this tournament in the midst of serious tumult as an SI report circulates detailing a depraved culture surrounding the team.
This team is not without talent, and it will be interesting to see if they can band together in light of this news, or if they will fracture apart.
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