Pac-12 Tournament 2012 Schedule and Bracket: How Arizona Will Reach Big Dance

Michael DixonAnalyst IIIMarch 9, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 08:  Kyle Fogg #21 of the Arizona Wildcats shoots over Tyler Lamb #1 of the UCLA Bruins in the second half during the quarterfinals of the 2012 Pacific Life Pac-12 basketball tournament at Staples Center on March 8, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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While the Arizona Wildcats are not yet into the NCAA tournament, they soon will be. The way they can officially get in is to win the Pac-12 tournament. That isn't going to happen, but an at-large bid will await them after the Wildcats dispose of Oregon State on Friday. 

The Beavers have a little bit of a problem. If they don't score a lot of points, they're not going to win games. This is why they finished ninth in the Pac-12, in a bad year for the conference. 

Washington's defense wasn't strong enough to keep Oregon State in check. Arizona's will be. 

The Wildcats have allowed 80 points only once this season. Their defense against UCLA's was quite impressive, allowing fewer than 60. Oregon State does have a good offense, but they won't get to 80, and they won't keep Arizona down as well as UCLA did either. 

With a trip to the conference finals, the Wildcats should be fine. Joe Lunardi's most recent bracket for ESPN had the Wildcats just on the outside looking in, but I doubt he was projecting them to move up the Pac-12 ladder. 

The selection committee is always a little unpredictable, but they tend to rule in favor of schools like Arizona. In reality, there is a good reason for that. After all, this is a team with a nearly unmatched history of qualifying for the tournament, and they reached the Elite Eight a season ago. If anyone's past has earned them the benefit of a tiebreak, it's the WIldcats. 

The problem is that if they lose to Oregon State, they're done. There is no way that losing to an unranked team seeded ninth in the tournament will vault them in to the tournament. They haven't earned that luxury. 

Fortunately for the Wildcats, that isn't much of a concern. Oregon State matched up very well with the Huskies on Thursday, but that's going to happen again when they take the floor against the Wildcats. 

No, Friday's game will have a more reasonable score. Neither team will hit 80, which plays directly into the hands of Arizona. They will move to the finals and will do so in convincing fashion. 

Prediction: Arizona 74, Oregon State 62



Tournament Results and Upcoming Schedule

Round 1 Results (Wednesday, March 7)
No. 9 Oregon State 69, No. 8 Washington State 64                      
No. 5 UCLA 55, No. 12 USC 40
No. 7 Stanford 85, No. 10 ASU 65
No. 6 Colorado 53, No. 11 Utah 41

Round 2 Results (Thursday, March 8)

No. 9 Oregon State 86, No. 1 Washington 84                               
No. 5 Arizona 66, No. 4 UCLA 58
No. 2 California 77, No. 7 Stanford 71
No. 6 Colorado 63, No. 3 Oregon 62 
Semifinal Schedule (Friday, March 9)     Time (EST)    TV
No. 5 Arizona vs. No. 9 Oregon State    9 p.m.  FSN   
No. 2 California vs. No. 6 Colorado 11:30 p.m. FSN
Finals Schedule (Saturday, March 10)    Time (EST)    TV   
Semifinal 1 winner vs. Semifinal 2 winner    6 p.m.  CBS   


Bracket Available at