Following the conclusion of Saturday's action, the field for the 2014 Pac-12 tournament came to fruition. To no surprise, Arizona grabbed the first seed. However, after finishing the regular season with a 64-57 defeat at the hands of Oregon, it certainly appears as though the conference title is up for grabs more than ever.
Nine of the conference's 12 teams finished the year with at least a .500 record in Pac-12 action. With so many teams capable of going the distance, this tournament will surely be one of the most highly anticipated events in March.
The Pac-12 showed why it is one of the most exciting conferences to watch on Saturday, as three of the six games played finished with a margin of victory within two points. The tournament figures to bring about the same excitement, so let's take a look at the full schedule and viewing information to ensure that every moment will not be missed.
|Time (ET)||Team 1||Team 2||TV Info|
|Wed., March 12|
|12 p.m.||No. 8 Utah||No. 9 Washington||Pac-12N|
|2:30 p.m.||No. 5 Colorado||No. 12 USC||Pac-12N|
|6 p.m.||No. 7 Oregon||No. 10 Oregon St.||Pac-12N|
|8:30 p.m.||No. 6 Stanford||No. 11 Washington St.||Pac-12N|
|Thurs., March 13|
|12 p.m.||No. 1 Arizona||Game 1 Winner||Pac-12N|
|2:30 p.m.||No. 4 California||Game 2 Winner||Pac-12N|
|6 p.m.||No. 2 UCLA||Game 3 Winner||Pac-12N|
|8:30 p.m.||No. 3 Arizona St.||Game 4 Winner||FS1|
|Fri., March 14|
|6 p.m.||Game 5 Winner||Game 6 Winner||Pac-12N|
|8:30 p.m.||Game 7 Winner||Game 8 Winner||FS1|
|Sat., March 15|
|3 p.m.||Game 9 Winner||Game 10 Winner||FS1|
Tournament matches on Fox Sports 1 can be live streamed at Fox Sports Go.
The full Pac-12 bracket can be found on Pac-12.com.
Tournament Winner: Oregon
That's right. No. 7 Oregon pulls off the huge upset in the Pac-12 tournament. Despite finishing the regular season with a conference record of 10-8, Oregon has been the giant slayer in the Pac-12.
Ducks finish tied for 3rd in the league but will be the No. 7 seed for next week's Pac-12 Tournament.— Oregon Basketball (@OregonMBB) March 9, 2014
Riding its eighth-ranked offense to wins over Arizona, Arizona State and UCLA in three of its final four games, Oregon has the momentum and confidence necessary to come out on top in the tournament.
Teams that have risen from the dead: Oklahoma State, Baylor and Oregon.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) March 8, 2014
Finishing off the season with a win over Arizona gives the Ducks the hot hand needed to ride this streak through to the end. After the improbable victory, Oregon guard Jason Calliste explained his—and the team's—tenacity in the season finale during a press conference recorded by ESPN.com.
We can be one of the best teams in the country. Doesn't matter who we're playing. Doesn't matter what the name on the chest says. I just didn't want to lose. Wasn't time to go home yet.
The Ducks showed that they can step up when it matters most, and that kind of persistence is what will carry the team through to the Pac-12 championship.
Tournament MVP: Joseph Young
Young goes from transferring from Houston to Pac-12 tournament MVP. Talk about making a quick transition. Young has been an instrumental part of the Ducks' high-flying offense this season, averaging 18.6 points per game and shooting over 40 percent from behind the arc.
When given opportunities against the conference's best teams, Young has not faltered. He is relatively impossible to guard and he can lock down opponents on the defensive side of the ball as well.
The Ducks have a deep backcourt but if any of Oregon's players has the natural ability to step up when it counts, it will be Young who gets it done.