The Pac-12 tournament figures to be one of the most highly contested events during March Madness. Even though Arizona finished as the conference's lone ranked team, action within the Pac-12 has been intense all season long.
No team is indestructible here, as nine of the conference's 12 teams won at least half of their Pac-12 matchups during the regular season. Oregon comes in riding a seven-game winning streak; however, Arizona and UCLA look to be the favorites.
Oregon wins 64-57 to end regular season on 7-game winning streak heading into Pac-12 tournament. Viva Las Vegas.— Aaron J. Fentress (@AaronJFentress) March 8, 2014
Let's take a look at the complete bracket seeding, schedule and odds for the upcoming tournament and give some predictions regarding what could transpire throughout the event.
What: 2014 Pac-12 tournament
Where: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nev.
When: March 12-15
Live Stream: Fox Sports Go (for games televised on Fox Sports 1)
Sean O'Donnell's Projected Odds
|Time (ET)||Team 1||Team 2||TV Info|
|Wed., March 12|
|3 p.m.||No. 8 Utah||No. 9 Washington||Pac-12N|
|5:30 p.m.||No. 5 Colorado||No. 12 USC||Pac-12N|
|9 p.m.||No. 7 Oregon||No. 10 Oregon St.||Pac-12N|
|11:30 p.m.||No. 6 Stanford||No. 11 Washington St.||Pac-12N|
|Thurs., March 13|
|3 p.m.||No. 1 Arizona||Game 1 Winner||Pac-12N|
|5:30 p.m.||No. 4 California||Game 2 Winner||Pac-12N|
|9 p.m.||No. 2 UCLA||Game 3 Winner||Pac-12N|
|11:30 p.m.||No. 3 Arizona St.||Game 4 Winner||FS1|
|Fri., March 14|
|9 p.m.||Game 5 Winner||Game 6 Winner||Pac-12N|
|11:30 p.m.||Game 7 Winner||Game 8 Winner||FS1|
|Sat., March 15|
|6 p.m.||Game 9 Winner||Game 10 Winner||FS1|
Full bracket can be found on Pac-12.com.
First-round action should be intense, as plenty of teams are evenly matched. One of the biggest storylines is the matchup of Oregon against Oregon State. This is the first time in school history they have played each other in tournament action.
Riding a seven-game winning streak, Oregon should advance in the first round. The Ducks finished their season strong with a big win against Arizona and are riding high entering the tournament.
Colorado and Stanford should come away victorious against opponents that only combined for five wins in the Pac-12 during the regular season. Utah and Washington should be highly contested, but the Utes look to be the stronger team at the moment.
Arizona and Arizona state should be able to advance to the semifinals, as both produced solid conference showings throughout the regular season. Expect California to squeeze past Colorado to advance as well, while Oregon continues its streak and upsets UCLA.
Arizona swept the Pac-12 awards. Nick Johnson Player of the Year, Aaron Gordon Freshman of the Year, Sean Miller Coach of the Year.— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) March 10, 2014
Oregon will continue to ride through to the finals, overcoming Arizona State in the same manner it did during the team's March 4 contest. Meanwhile, Arizona will be too much to handle for a California team that struggled against them in their last meeting.
This brings us to the final of Oregon against Arizona.
Oregon has been the Pac-12 giant slayer this year, as reflected by its surge at the end of the regular season, culminating with a huge with over Arizona. The Wildcats offense will put up some major points in this contest; however, it will be the Ducks' perimeter shooting that puts them over the top.
Tournament Winner: Oregon Ducks