Pac-12 Tournament play begins with lower-seeded teams that are fully capable of pulling off an upset in later rounds
Pac-12 Tournament Schedule
|Thursday, Mar. 1|
|#8 Utah vs. #9 Colorado||Pac-12 Network, Pac-12 Mountain||11 a.m. PT|
|#5 California vs. #12 Washington||Pac-12 Network, Pac-12 Bay Area
|2 p.m. PT|
|#7 USC vs. #10 Washington State||Pac-12 Network, Pac-12 Los Angeles
|6 p.m. PT|
|#6 Arizona State vs. #11 Arizona||Pac-12 Network, Pac-12 Arizona||8:30 p.m. PT|
|Friday, Mar. 3|
|#1 Oregon vs. #8/9 Winner||Pac-12 Network||11:30 a.m. PT|
|#4 UCLA vs. #5/12 Winner||Pac-12 Network||2 p.m. PT|
|#2 Stanford vs. #7/10 Winner||Pac-12 Network||6 p.m. PT|
|#3 Oregon State vs. #6/11 Winner||Pac-12 Network||8:30 p.m. PT|
|Saturday, Mar. 4|
|Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner||Pac-12 Network||6 p.m. PT|
|Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner||Pac-12 Network||8:30 p.m. PT|
|Sunday, Mar. 5|
|Championship game||ESPN2||8:30 p.m. PT|
SEATTLE – The eight teams that did not earn a first-round bye in the Pac-12 tournament feature a mix of squads that have made appearances in the national rankings and programs that are better than what their records indicate. Given the depth of the Pac-12, these lower-seeded teams are capable of pulling off an upset in later rounds.
The No. 8 seed, Utah, beat Arizona State earlier in the season on the road when ASU was ranked. The Utes face No. 9 seed Colorado on Thursday, a team that took down Atlantic Coast Conference team Miami back in November.
A matchup between No. 5-seed California and No. 12 Washington follows. The teams last met at the beginning of the week on Sunday. Cal won 83-67 to complete a season sweep of the Huskies
No. 7 Southern California goes head-to-head with No. 10 Washington State in the third game of the first round. While USC is not among the top teams in the conference, the Trojans enjoyed a good measure of success over the regular season with a 19-10 overall record including nine Pac-12 victories.
On the other hand, Washington State has endured a spate of serious, unfortunate circumstances. Head coach June Daugherty took an indefinite medical leave of absence in late January and has not returned. The Cougars went into mourning the day before their last regular season game when strength and conditioning coach David Lang passed away unexpectedly. As a result, the team’s game, a contest against No. 2 Stanford was cancelled.
The last game of the first day of play pits two in-state rivals against each other. No. 6 Arizona State and No. 11 Arizona. ASU began conference play with six straight victories including home wins over Cal and Stanford. The rest of the season was a tougher road as the Sun Devils could only win in short spurts that were interspersed with multiple losses.
No. 11 Arizona enters the tournament on a six-game losing streak. The last game the Wildcats won as a home contest against Washington in early February.
The top seeds begin their quest for the tournament championship on Friday. Oregon is the No. 1 overall seed for the first time in the history of the tournament. The Ducks earned their third all-time Pac-12 regular-season title and first since 2000. Stanford, Oregon State and UCLA round out the remaining teams that earned first-round byes.
All 11 games of the Pac-12 Tournament will be televised. The first round through semifinal round, March 1-3, will be broadcast on Pac-12 Network. The championship game on March 4 will be televised on ESPN2.
Pac-12 Postseason Awards
- Player of the Year (media and coaches vote): Sabrina Ionescu (Oregon)
- Freshman of the Year (media and coaches vote): Satou Sabally (Oregon)
- Defensive Player of the Year: Marie Gulich, Oregon State and Jordin Canada, UCLA (media vote); Jordin Canada (coaches vote)
- Coach of the Year: Tara VanDerveer, Stanford (coaches vote); Kelly Graves, Oregon (media vote)
2018 Pac-12 Media All-Pac-12:
Kristine Anigwe, California; Monique Billings, UCLA; Jordin Canada, UCLA; Marie Gulich, Oregon State; Ruthy Hebard, Oregon; Borislava Hristova, Washington State; Megan Huff, Utah; Kianna Ibis, Arizona State; Sabrina Ionescu, Oregon; Kennedy Leonard, Colorado; Aliyah Mazyck, USC; Brittany McPhee, Stanford; Amber Melgoza, Washington; Kristen Simon, USC; Alanna Smith, Stanford.
2018 Media All-Defensive Team:
Monique Billings, UCLA; Jordin Canada, UCLA; Marie Gulich, Oregon State; Aliyah Mazyck, USC; Minyon Moore, USC.
2018 Pac-12 Media All-Freshman Team:
Satou Sabally, Oregon; Kianna Smith, California; Sam Thomas, Arizona; Kiana Williams, Stanford; Tori Williams, Utah.
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