Pac-12 Conference Tournament Complete Preview and Predictions

Ryan BothmannSenior Analyst IIMarch 12, 2014

FILE - In this March 23, 2013, file photo, Arizona coach Sean Miller shouts to his team in the first half against Harvard in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Salt Lake City. Ed Rush resigned as the Pac-12 Conference's coordinator of officials on Thursday, April 4, 2013, following comments during internal meetings before the league tournament that appeared to target Miller, including perceived accusations that he placed a bounty on the Wildcats coach. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
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TV Schedule

Pac-12 Tournament Schedule Time (ET)

Wednesday, March 12
12 p.m. No. 8 Utah, No. 9 Washington, Pac-12 Network
2:30 p.m. No. 5 Colorado, No. 12 USC, Pac-12 Network
6 p.m. No. 7 Oregon, No. 10 Oregon St., Pac-12 Network
8:30 p.m. No. 6 Stanford, No. 11 Washington St., Pac-12 Network

Thursday, March 13
12 p.m. No. 1 Arizona, Game 1 Winner, Pac-12 Network
2:30 p.m. No. 4 California, Game 2 Winner, Pac-12 Network
6 p.m. No. 2 UCLA, Game 3 Winner, Pac-12 Network
8:30 p.m. No. 3 Arizona St., Game 4 Winner, Fox Sports 1

Friday, March 14
6 p.m. Game 5 Winner, Game 6 Winner, Pac-12 Network
8:30 p.m. Game 7 Winner, Game 8 Winner, Fox Sports 1

Saturday, March 15
3 p.m. Game 9 Winner, Game 10 Winner, Fox Sports 1


The Favorite


By winning the conference by three games, the Wildcats proved to be the class of the Pac-12 conference this year. Arizona fell in its final game at Oregon this past weekend, but the Wildcats have plenty of incentive to go all out for the conference tournament this weekend. Not only is it a matter of pride, but a conference tournament win would absolutely lock up a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament for Arizona.


The Dark Horse


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The Ducks were ranked in the Top 25 for a large part of the season but came apart in conference play by starting things with a 3-8 record. Oregon has found its groove, though, and won its final seven games to finish conference play with a 10-8 record. The Ducks are securely in the NCAA tournament, but winning the conference tournament this weekend would certainly improve their seed.


The Bubble


As long as Colorado beats USC in its opening-round game, it will be in the field come Sunday. If it gets stunned by the Trojans, then it will be a very stressful Sunday for Colorado fans.



LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 23:  Dwight Powell #33 of the Stanford Cardinal attempts s shot between Zach LaVine #14 and Tony Parker #23 of the UCLA Bruins at Pauley Pavilion on January 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The Cardinal are under the exact same conditions as Colorado; just win that first-round game and they should be in. If Stanford is upset by Washington State on Wednesday though, it is hard to believe Stanford will be in the field come Sunday.



The Golden Bears could not be more on the bubble. They are so close to the tournament field, but they just may not quite be there yet. California gets a bye through the first round and will be in action on Thursday in the quarterfinals. If Cal wins its quarterfinal match it should be in, but a semifinal win on Friday would certainly seal up a tournament spot.


The Champion


Just like I mentioned at the beginning, Arizona is the class of this conference. The Wildcats have shown all season that they are one of the top teams in all of college basketball, and they will prove again this weekend that they are the best team in the Pac-12. Expect some tough competition from Oregon and UCLA, but the Wildcats have proved to be better than both of them this season.