March 04, 2012
Pac-12 RELEASE: The bracket for the 2012 Pacific Life Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament is set as WASHINGTON, CALIFORNIA, OREGON and ARIZONA earned first-round byes in the four-day Tournament. The Tournament takes place Wednesday-Saturday, March 7-10, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.
Washington (21-9 overall, 14-4 in Pac-12 play) captured its 11th Conference title, and first since 2009, and will enter the Pacific Life Pac-12 Tournament as the top seed. California (23-8, 13-5) and Oregon (22-8, 13-5) tied for second in the league race, but by virtue of the tie-breaking procedure, the Golden Bears earn the No. 2 seed as they were 2-0 against the Ducks during regular season play. Arizona (21-10, 12-6) grabs the No. 4 seed.
COLORADO (19-11, 11-7) and UCLA (18-13, 11-7) tied for fifth in the Pac-12 standings. UCLA, by its win in the lone meeting between the two schools, takes the tie-breaker and the No. 5 seed, while the Buffaloes hold down the No. 6 seed. STANFORD (20-10, 10-8) finishes the regular season in seventh and with it the No. 7 seed in the Tournament.
OREGON STATE (17-13, 7-11) and WASHINGTON STATE (15-15, 7-11) finish with identical league marks and tied for eighth in the Pac-12 standings. By virtue of the tie-break procedure, Washington State won both meetings over the Beavers in league play and claim the No. 8 seed, while Oregon State enters the Tournament with the No. 9 seed.
ARIZONA STATE (10-20, 6-12) pulls down the 10th seed, followed by UTAH (6-24, 3-15) as the No. 11 seed and USC (6-25, 1-17) the No. 12 seed.
With the additions of Colorado and Utah, the tournament has expanded from 9 games to 11 games. First- and second-round games are set for 12:10 p.m., 2:40 p.m., 6:10 p.m. and 8:40 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7 and Thursday, March. 8.
Semifinal action on Friday, March 9 includes both the Pac-12 men and women as the women hit the court at 12:10 p.m. and 2:40 p.m., followed by the men at 6:10 p.m. and 8:40 p.m.
The Pac-12 Championship doubleheader on Saturday, March 10 concludes the Tournament with the women tipping at 11:30 a.m., followed by the men at 3:10 p.m.
Wed., Mar. 7
Game 1 - No. 8 Washington State vs. No. 9 Oregon State, 12:10 p.m. PT FSN
Game 2 - No. 5 UCLA vs. No. 12 USC, 2:40 p.m. PT FSN
Game 3 - No. 7 Stanford vs. No. 10 Arizona State, 6:10 p.m. PT FSN
Game 4 - No. 6 Colorado vs. No. 11 Utah, 8:40 p.m. PT FSN
Thurs., Mar. 8
Game 5 - No. 8/9 vs. No. 1, 12:10 p.m. PT FSN
Game 6 - No. 5/12 vs. No. 4 Arizona, 2:40 p.m. PT FSN
Game 7 - No. 7/10 vs. No. 2, 6:10 p.m. PT FSN
Game 8 - No. 6/11 vs. No. 3 Oregon, 8:40 p.m. PT FSN
Fri., Mar. 9
Semifinal 1, 6:10 p.m. PT FSN
Semifinal 2, 8:40 p.m. PT FSN
Sat., Mar. 10
Championship Game, 3:10 p.m. PT CBS