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Pac-12 Basketball: Tournament Seedings, Matchups, TV Info, Previews and More

David A. BowersCorrespondent IIMarch 10, 2013

Pac-12 Basketball: Tournament Seedings, Matchups, TV Info, Previews and More

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    It seemed that nobody in the Pac-12 wanted to win the regular season championship.

    In the final week of play, Oregon lost to Colorado and Utah, Cal lost their final home game against Stanford, Arizona lost two of their final three, and UCLA lost to Washington State before beating Washington to capture the title.

    The Bruins (23-8, 13-5 Pac-12) secured their 41st regular season championship and the fourth in seven years. They are the No. 1 seed going into the Pac-12 Tournament next week and are looking for their third conference championship in seven years.

    Aforementioned Cal, Oregon and Arizona all finished with 12-6 Pac-12 records, but Cal holds the tiebreaker over both schools, with Oregon defeating Arizona in their one meeting this season.

    Here is everything that you need to know about the Pac-12 men's basketball tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Game 1: No. 8 Stanford vs. No. 9 Arizona State

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    Date: Wednesday, March 13

    Time: 12 p.m. PDT

    Location: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nev.

    Television: Pac-12 Network

     

    The Sun Devils torpedoed their season by losing their final four games and six of their last eight. After defeating Cal on Feb. 9, Arizona State was in talks to make the NCAA tournament with a No. 11 or 12 seed.

    Then came Stanford. The Cardinal led by as many as 16 points in the second half. ASU clawed back into the game on Jonathan Gilling's late 3-pointer, but that wouldn't be enough as they fell 62-59.

    The Cardinal have won five straight against Arizona State and beat rival Cal in Berkeley to cap off an 18-win season.

Game 2: No. 5 Colorado vs. No. 12 Oregon State

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    Date: Wednesday, March 13

    Time: 2:30 p.m. PDT

    Location: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nev.

    Television: Pac-12 Network

     

    The Colorado Buffaloes hosted the Beavers to end out the regular season, and suffice to say that the first lady was pleased with her brother's team's performance in that game, shocking Tad Boyles' Buffs 64-58 and snapping a five-game losing streak.

    Oregon State finished the season 14-17 and 4-14 in the Pac-12, with wins over the Washington schools and Utah along with the season-finale at Colorado.

    The Buffs are the perfect tweener team, whose bubble may have burst with the loss to Oregon State. At 20-10 and 10-8 in conference, they will need wins against OSU and Arizona if they are hoping to punch their ticket to the Big Dance. 

Game 3: No. 7 USC vs. No. 10 Utah

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    Date: Wednesday, March 13

    Time: 6 p.m. PDT

    Location: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nev.

    Television: Pac-12 Network

     

    The USC Trojans are an oddity in men's basketball. They have defeated UCLA in Pauley Pavilion and swept the Arizona schools at home. They won six of eight games in the final stretch, only to drop their final two games on the road to the Washington schools.

    Utah, on the other hand, started conference play losing their first five games and had big wins versus Colorado and Arizona State at home. They had a brutal three-game road trip, losing all three, but rebounded at home topping the Oregon schools in nearly identical fashion. 

    The 72-61 win over Oregon State and 72-62 win over the No. 19 Oregon Ducks vaulted the Utes into the No. 10 seed. There is nothing like riding that kind of momentum going in to the tournament, and I predict an upset here.

Game 4: No. 6 Washington vs. No. 11 Washington State

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    Date: Wednesday, March 13

    Time: 8:30 p.m. PDT

    Location: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nev.

    Television: Pac-12 Network

     

    The Apple Cup rivalry will be revisited on Wednesday night. The Washington Huskies (17-14, 9-9 Pac-12) swept the series over the Cougars (13-18, 4-14), but neither game was a clear-cut victory for Washington.

    Although the Huskies jumped out to a big 21-4 in Pullman, the Cougars led by one with two minutes remaining. The Huskies finished strong on a 8-2 run to close out the game.

    In Seattle, the game was much closer, with Washington only clinging to a two-point halftime lead. The Cougars caught fire entering the second half on a 11-2 run and led up until the 6:34 mark. The Huskies would win by a final of 72-68.

    The Huskies dropped three big games to Oregon, Arizona and UCLA down the stretch, while Washington State upended USC and No. 23 UCLA. I still like Washington in this one. 

Game 5: No.1 UCLA vs. Stanford/Arizona State

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    Date: Thursday, March 14

    Time: 12 p.m. PDT

    Location: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nev.

    Television: Pac-12 Network

     

    What more can be said about the Bruins ( 3-8, 13-5) that hasn't already been mentioned? They have one of the best freshmen in the country, Shabazz Muhammad, who ranks No. 3 in the Pac-12 in scoring averaging over 18 points per game.

    Point guard Larry Drew II leads the Pac-12 in assists and is No. 3 in the country with 7.7 dimes per game. Freshman Jordan Adams is a monster in steals, averaging 2.2 per game, second-best in the conference.

    The Bruins lead the conference in scoring at 75 points per game and field-goal percentage at 45.8 percent.

    So, why is it that nobody believes that UCLA has what it takes to go deep into the NCAA tournament?

    The loss to Cal Poly was a long time ago (November 25). The Bruins defeated No. 6 Arizona in Tucson before being dismantled by Arizona State by 18—their biggest loss of the season.

    They will most likely get to avenge that loss to the Sun Devils on Thursday afternoon. 

Game Six: No. 4 Arizona vs. Colorado/Oregon State

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    Date: Thursday, March 14

    Time: 2:30 p.m. PDT

    Location: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nev.

    Television: Pac-12 Network

     

    The Wildcats (24-6, 12-6 Pac-12) did what they needed to do by finishing off rival Arizona State on Saturday. Arizona has been ranked as high as No. 3 this season and has spent the bulk of the season in the top 10 of the AP poll.

    Sean Miller's squad won 14 straight to begin the season, including big wins over Miami, Florida and San Diego State. The Wildcats' conference play left a lot of people scratching their heads. They were swept by top-seed UCLA and lost at the Matt to Oregon but also lost to Cal at home and USC on the road.

    Not to mention Colorado.

    The 'Cats were all but swept by the Buffaloes save for a last-second three-point shot by Colorado's Sabatino Chen being waved off after the game ended. The Buffs exacted sweet revenge on Arizona by beating them at home by 13 points.

    If Colorado can get by Oregon State in the first round, it will have the chance to spoil Arizona's conference tournament for two years in a row. 

Game 7: No. 2 California vs. USC/Utah

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    Date: Thursday, March 14

    Time: 6 p.m. PDT

    Location: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nev.

    Television: Pac-12 Network

     

    The Cal Golden Bears have been nothing less than stellar down the stretch. Even with losing the regular-season finale to Stanford, their season can be considered a rousing success, and I wouldn't be surprised to see Mike Montgomery winning Pac-12 Coach of the Year.

    With an bumpy 8-4 non-conference record, the Bears had something to prove in the Pac-12. They lost four of their first seven games in conference and then turned on the after burners. They won nine of their final 11 games, including big wins over Arizona in Tucson, UCLA and a sweep of Oregon.

    I see the Bears wining the conference tournament on Saturday. 

Game 8: No. 3 Oregon vs. Washington/Washington St.

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    Date: Thursday, March 14

    Time: 8:30 p.m. PDT

    Location: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nev.

    Television: ESPNU

     

    What the Duck is happening to Oregon? 

    They lost their final two games on the road to Colorado and Utah and only scored 46 points in a loss to Cal on Feb. 21. 

    They won their first seven games in conference, including victories over No. 4 Arizona and No. 24 UCLA and were ranked No. 10 in the country. Then tragedy struck: Starting point guard Dominic Artis was sidelined with a left foot injury, and the Ducks lost three straight and tumbled nine spots in the polls.

    They would rebound by winning five of their next six, but dropping the season-ending road trip will not be well received by the voters on Monday.

    They should have no problem with either of the Washington schools as they swept them both in the regular season, although they needed overtime to top the Cougars on Feb. 16.  

Semifinals and Championship Game

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    Game 9

    Date: Friday, March 15

    Time: 6 p.m. PDT

    Location: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nev.

    Television: Pac-12 Network

    Prediction: Arizona over UCLA

     

    Game 10

    Date: Friday, March 15

    Time: 8:30 p.m. PDT

    Location: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nev.

    Television: ESPN

    Prediction: Cal over Oregon

     

    Championship

    Date: Saturday, March 16

    Time: 8 p.m. PDT

    Location: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nev.

    Television: ESPN

    Prediction: Cal over Arizona

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