The 2013 Pac-12 Tournament is going to be an exciting competition, as so many teams in this conference are evenly matched.
In fact, the top eight seeds could all wind up being within four games of one another in the final standings. Because of this, any single program could get hot at the right time and make a run to the championship.
Let’s take a look at where you can watch all the thrilling action, highlight the complete schedule and TV listings, point out a few teams to keep an eye on and more in our 2013 Pac-12 Tournament preview.
When: Wednesday, March 13 through Saturday, March 16
Where: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nev.
Watch: Pac-12 Network, ESPN, ESPNU
2013 Pac-12 Tournament Start Times, Schedule and TV Info
*All times ET, schedule courtesy of Pac-12.com. All games take place at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Wednesday, March 13 (First Round)
Game 1: No. 8 Seed vs. No. 9 Seed, 3 p.m. (P12N)
Game 2: No. 5 Seed vs. No. 12 Seed, 5:30 p.m. (P12N)
Game 3: No. 7 Seed vs. No. 10 Seed, 9 p.m. (P12N)
Game 4: No. 6 Seed vs. No. 11 Seed, 11 p.m. (P12N)
Thursday, March 14 (Quarterfinals)
Game 5: No. 1 Seed vs. Game 1 Winner, 3 p.m. (P12N)
Game 6: No. 4 Seed vs. Game 2 Winner, 5:30 p.m. (P12N)
Game 7: No. 2 Seed vs. Game 3 Winner, 9 p.m. (P12N)
Game 8: No. 3 Seed vs. Game 4 Winner, 11:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
Friday, March 15 (Semifinals)
Game 9: Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner, 9 p.m. (P12N)
Game 10: Game 7 Winner vs. Game 8 Winner, 11:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Saturday, March 16 (Pac-12 Championship Game)
Game 11: Semifinal Winners, 11 p.m. (ESPN)
Pac-12.com provides a blank bracket, a hypothetical bracket for how the seeding would look if the season ended today and will have an updated bracket when the field is set for the tournament.
Teams to Watch
Despite the fact that the Wildcats have lost back-to-back contests heading into the season finale against rival Arizona State, they are still one of the more dangerous teams in the conference.
Arizona has slain some of the giants across the nation, including then-No. 5 Florida, then-No. 17 San Diego State and Miami (FL). The program has struggled a bit since Pac-12 play began, but we’d be surprised if those troubles followed them into the tourney.
Seniors Mark Lyons and Solomon Hill will lead this group in as likely a No. 4 seed, but we’d hardly raise an eyebrow if the Wildcats won it all.
The Bruins are one of the more confusing teams in the nation and it’s downright frustrating how they’ve played such great basketball but still manage to lose to mediocre opponents.
On March 6, UCLA lost to Washington State by 12 points. Yes, the 12-18 Cougars that had lost nine straight heading into the matchup. The same team that was 2-14 since the New Year began.
Freshman phenom Shabazz Muhammad had a poor night shooting, which is cause for concern heading into the Pac-12 and NCAA tournaments.
If the swingman somehow winds up going 4-19 from the field again—or possibly worse—we have a hard time envisioning the Bruins staving off elimination in their opening contest.
These Ducks have a great chance to nab the top seed in this event and the Pac-12’s regular-season crown.
Whether they can capitalize on this will be what makes or breaks Oregon in 2013.
It seems the players became complacent on March 7, getting absolutely blown out by Colorado, 76-53. Considering the last time the two programs matched up the Buffaloes escaped with a single-point victory, it was quite a step backwards for the Ducks.
Keep an eye on this group of youngsters, as they are one of the bigger hit or miss teams in the Pac-12. We wouldn’t be shocked if they ran away with the title or flamed out in their first game.