Conference tournaments are now underway as the NCAA tournament approaches, and the Pac-12 tournament has a number of teams that could be playing in the Big Dance in about a week.
The Oregon Ducks continued their eight-game win streak with a 88-74 victory over the Oregon State Beavers. Meanwhile, the Colorado Buffaloes barely made it past the USC Trojans at 59-56 to continue to make a case for a solid spot in the NCAA tourney.
With that in mind, let's take a look at the complete schedule for the second day of the Pac-12 tournament, followed by viewing information and predictions for how the bracket will play out.
Day 2 Schedule
|Time (ET)||Team 1||Team 2||TV|
|Thursday, March 13|
|12 p.m.||No. 8 Utah||No. 1 Arizona||Pac-12N|
|2:30 p.m.||No. 5 Colorado||No. 4 California||Pac-12N|
|6 p.m.||No. 7 Oregon||No. 2 UCLA||Pac-12N|
|8:30 p.m.||TBD||No. 3 Arizona State||FS1|
Live Stream Info
All games on the Pac-12 Network can be accessed on a live stream via Pac-12.com with username and password provided by TV providers.
Arizona Cruises to Finals
A 28-3, the Arizona Wildcats are one of the best teams in all of college basketball, and given how well they've played all year, it's hard to see them not making it to the finals.
The Wildcats took home a number of conference awards this year. According to Pac-12.com, Nick Johnson was named the conference's Player of the Year, Aaron Gordon was named Freshman of the Year and Sean Miller won the John Wooden Coach of the Year.
Yeah, that's a good sign that Arizona is pretty good.
The Utah Utes will be playing the Wildcats on Thursday, and Arizona won both meetings this year against them, although the second one did go to overtime. In the next round, the Wildcats would play either California or Colorado. Arizona's only loss between the two teams came against the Golden Bears, 60-58, back at the beginning of February.
With Johnson and Gordon combining for 28.4 points per game this season, they will likely continue to play well and should help Arizona breeze through the next two rounds on their way to the final round.
Oregon Continues to Stay Hot
Even though they're the No. 7 seed in the Pac-12 tourney, the Ducks are coming into the second round on on fire with eight straight wins. Still, they have a tough matchup against the UCLA Bruins before they can make it to the semifinals.
How far will the Ducks go?
After starting the season 13-0 and looking like one of the best teams in the country, the Ducks lost eight of their next 10 games, completely collapsing as it looked like they were no longer going to be going to the Big Dance. Now they're clicking once again, and their high-powered offense should be able to help them keep it going.
Currently, the Ducks rank ninth in the nation, averaging 82.3 points per game. Four players average at least 10 points per game, with Joseph Young leading the way with 18.2 points per contest. Meanwhile, Mike Moser, Jason Calliste and Damyean Dotson average 13.7, 12.5 and 10.1 points, respectively.
The Bruins are a tough opponent and the Ducks know that, as they've already had two incredible tough games against them this year, losing 70-68 in the first and winning 87-83 in double overtime in the second.
It won't be easy to get past the Bruins, but if they do, the Ducks should be able to move into the finals with a big potential matchup against the Wildcats.