Pac-12 Tournament: Matchups, TV Coverage, Predictions and More

David A. BowersCorrespondent IIMarch 9, 2014

Pac-12 Tournament: Matchups, TV Coverage, Predictions and More

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    The regular season is over. The games have been played, the arguments have been made, and as much as Arizona wants to take their ball and go home, the Ducks, Golden Bears and Cardinal need the Pac-12 tournament to solidify their NCAA tournament fate.

    The final day of regular season play saw several close games and was highlighted by a few upsets that could make or break teams' seasons.

    The Pac-12 tournament begins March 12 in Las Vegas, Nev., and here is a comprehensive list of seedings, matchups and everything else you need to know about the tourney.  

No. 8 Seed Utah vs. No. 9 Seed Washington

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    Date: March 12, 2014

    Time: 3 p.m. ET

    Location: MGM Grand Garden Arena

    TV Coverage: Pac-12 Networks

    Online Stream: Pac-12.com

     

    The opener for the the Pac-12 tournament will feature teams struggling for an identity in the conference. Utah (20-10, 9-9 Pac-12) has been a dominant force at home, going 18-2 with wins over three of the top five seeds in the conference, but has only won twice away from Huntsman Center.

    Washington (17-14, 9-9 Pac-12) has lost six of its last 10 games, but things may be looking up for the Huskies as they have won three of the past four including humiliating their in-state rival, Washington State, 72-49.

    The teams split the series in the 2013-14 season with the home team winning each game. The Huskies lead the all-time series 8-7.

    Prediction: Utah  

No. 5 Seed Colorado vs. No. 12 Seed USC

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    Date: March 12, 2014

    Time: 5:30 p.m. ET

    Location: MGM Grand Garden Arena

    TV CoveragePac-12 Networks

    Online StreamPac-12.com

     

    The glorious 5-12 seed matchup. This game has perennially been a blowout with the lowest-ranked team in the conference looking for some sort of redemption. First-year coach Andy Enfield went from recruiting walk-on players with fliers posted at Florida Gulf Coast University to a full stable of scholarship players. 

    The Trojans (11-20, 2-16 Pac-12) have had a tough year, to say the least. The highlight of their season reaches all the way back to the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in the Bahamas when it beat Xavier 84-78.

    The Buffaloes (21-10, 10-8 Pac-12), on the other hand, were nationally ranked as high as No. 15 until point guard Spencer Dinwiddie went down with a torn ACL. The Buffs lost a heartbreaker to Cal in overtime to finish their season with losses in three of their final four games.

    Colorado swept the 2013-14 season series by an average of 15 points and should have no problem advancing to the quarterfinals to face California.

    Prediction: Colorado 

No. 7 Seed Oregon vs. No. 10 Seed Oregon State

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    Date: March 12, 2014

    Time: 9 p.m. ET

    Location: MGM Grand Garden Arena

    TV CoveragePac-12 Networks

    Online StreamPac-12.com

     

    The Ducks are back! 

    Oregon (22-8, 10-8 Pac-12) has won seven straight and has all but guaranteed an at-large bid for the NCAA tournament after Saturday's 64-57 win over the No. 3-ranked Arizona Wildcats. During the streak, the Ducks have beaten the top three conference seeds by an average of six points.

    Oregon State (16-14, 8-10 Pac-12), on the other hand, is rebounding from an epic overtime victory over Arizona State. The Beavers have lost six of their last 10 games but also claim victories over two of the top three conference seeds.

    The teams split the 2013-14 season with the home team winning each game. No teams in NCAA history have played more basketball games than Oregon and Oregon State. Wednesday's meeting will be the 342nd time that the teams will meet, with Oregon State leading the series 186-155.  

     

    Prediction: Oregon

No. 6 Seed Stanford vs. No. 11 Seed Washington State

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    Date: March 12, 2014

    Time: 11:30 p.m. ET

    Location: MGM Grand Garden Arena

    TV CoveragePac-12 Networks

    Online StreamPac-12.com

     

    Stanford was a lock for the NCAA tournament after beating then-No. 23 UCLA on Feb. 22. The Cardinal (19-11, 10-8 Pac-12) followed up that defining win with three straight losses. It was swept on the road in Arizona and lost a close game at home to Colorado. On senior day in Maples Pavilion, the Cardinal survived a scare with a one-point victory over Utah.

    The Cardinal need a great, not good, showing in the tournament to assure their spot in the NCAA tournament.

    Washington State (10-20, 3-15 Pac-12) shocked the world with a regular-season ending 18-point victory over UCLA. Prior to Saturday's shocker, the Cougars had lost eight straight and 12 of their past 13 games. 

    Stanford won both games between the teams this year by an average of 22.5 points.

     

    Prediction: Stanford

No. 1 Seed Arizona vs. Utah/Washington Winner

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    Date: March 13, 2014

    Time: 3 p.m. ET

    Location: MGM Grand Garden Arena

    TV CoveragePac-12 Networks

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    Arizona (28-3, 15-3 Pac-12) is the regular-season conference champion for the 13th time since joining the conference in 1978. Although Saturday's loss at Oregon was disappointing, Coach Miller and his crew will shed it like a dirty shirt.

    Following the loss to Arizona State on February 14, the Wildcats went on to win five straight by an average of 15.4 points. Arizona finished its second undefeated home stand in Miller's tenure as head coach and looks to add tournament champion to its 2014 resume.

    Arizona was 3-0 against Washington and Utah this season, defeating the Huskies by nine at home and being one of only two teams to beat Utah in Salt Lake City. The Utes took the 'Cats to overtime before losing 67-63.

    There is no bigger David and Goliath setup than if Utah were to get to face the Wildcats again but this time walk away with the win. The Runnin' Utes will need to get past Washington first and will once again put up a valiant fight.

    Prediction: Arizona 

No. 4 Seed Cal vs. Colorado/USC Winner

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    Date: March 13, 2014

    Time: 5:30 p.m. ET

    Location: MGM Grand Garden Arena

    TV CoveragePac-12 Networks

    Online StreamPac-12.com

     

    The California Golden Bears are an anomaly. Last year's dragonslayer looked to repeat the 2013-14 season in the same role with early season wins over ranked teams in Oregon and Arizona. The Bears were a shoo-in for the NCAA tournament before losing losing three of their past five games.

    Fate smiled on the California squad with a one-point overtime victory over Colorado, handing them the No. 4 seed and the first-round bye.

    Colorado will be looking to avenge Saturday's loss as the loser of this game will most likely be headed to the NIT, snubbed by the NCAA tournament.

    Prediction: California 

No. 2 Seed UCLA vs. Oregon/Oregon State Winner

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    Date: March 13, 2014

    Time: 9 p.m. ET

    Location: MGM Grand Garden Arena

    TV CoveragePac-12 Networks

    Online StreamPac-12.com

     

    UCLA was embarrassed at home on Saturday, or at least they should have been. The Bruins (23-8, 12-6 Pac-12) put forth an abysmal performance against a Washington State team that has struggled to score 60 points per game in 2014. The Bruins enter the tournament losing three of their past five games, including a double-overtime loss at home to Oregon.

    As the No. 2 seed in the conference with 23 overall and 12 conference wins, the Bruins will most likely receive a NCAA bid regardless of how they fare in Las Vegas.

    The Bruins are ripe for an upset, but if it is Oregon that the Bruins will be playing in the quarterfinals on Thursday, I don't see UCLA losing again to the Ducks. 

    Prediction: UCLA

No. 3 Seed Arizona State vs. Stanford/Washington State Winner

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    Date: March 13, 2014

    Time: 11:30 p.m. ET

    Location: MGM Grand Garden Arena

    TV Coverage: Fox Sports 1

    Online StreamPac-12.com

     

    Behold the mystery that is Arizona State.

    The Sun Devils (21-10, 10-8 Pac-12) have lost four of their past six games and are still considered at least a No. 10 seed in the NCAA tournament. Coach Sendek's squad has lost its last five games on the road and six of its past seven, needing overtime to defeat Cal on January 29. The Sun Devils, however, finished the year 16-1 at home with victories over No. 2 Arizona, Oregon, Colorado and Cal.

    The Daily BPI for Arizona State took a hit after the Oregon State overtime loss on Saturday, dropping the Devils below Utah at No. 35. Its RPI dropped even farther to No. 46, one spot behind Stanford.

    If Stanford advances to the quarterfinals, as predicted, the Devils will have a fight on their hands. The two met in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament last year with Arizona State escaping with a one-point overtime victory.

    The teams split the 2013-14 series with the home team winning each game. 

    Prediction: Arizona State

Semifinals, Finals and Champion

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    Date: March 14, 2014

    Time: 9 p.m. ET

    Location: MGM Grand Garden Arena

    TV CoveragePac-12 Networks

    Online StreamPac-12.com

    Prediction: Arizona vs. California

    Projected Winner: Arizona

     

    Arizona decimated California at home on February 26 as a "thank you" for handing the Wildcats their first loss and dethroning them from their nine-week stay atop the NCAA rankings. The 'Cats will add insult to injury by knocking the Golden Bears out of the conference tournament and most likely ending their NCAA tournament hopes.

     

    Date: March 14, 2014

    Time: 11:30 p.m. ET

    Location: MGM Grand Garden Arena

    TV Coverage: Fox Sports 1

    Online StreamPac-12.com

    Prediction: UCLA vs. Arizona State

    Projected Winner: UCLA

     

    It's like déjà vu all over again for the Sun Devils in the Pac-12 tournament. If Arizona State advances to the semifinals against UCLA on Friday as predicted, they will face the same two teams in 2014 that they faced to start the 2013 tourney. As the No. 9 seed, the Sun Devils led No. 1 seed UCLA by as many as 15 points before falling apart down the stretch.

    I think the Bruins will end the Sun Devils' conference title hopes for a second consecutive season.

     

    Date: March 15, 2014

    Time: 6 p.m. ET

    Location: MGM Grand Garden Arena

    TV Coverage: Fox Sports 1

    Online StreamPac-12.com

    Prediction: Arizona vs. UCLA

    Projected Winner: Arizona

    The Wildcats defeated the Bruins 79-75 in Los Angeles on January 9. With the newly-added conference teams, the two only played the one time this season. Arizona's Brandon Ashley played 29 minutes in that game but didn't wow with his numbers that evening, so his absence shouldn't make a difference in this matchup.