WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The bracket for the 2012 Pacific Life Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament is set as the University of Colorado Buffaloes will be the No. 6 seed and play No. 11 Utah, Wednesday, March 7 at 9:40 p.m. (MT) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Washington, California, Oregon, and Arizona earned first-round byes in the four-day tournament. The tournament takes place Wednesday-Saturday, March 7-10.
CU, who won 11 conference games, was selected tied for 10th in the preseason conference media poll, swept both meetings with the Runnin' Utes this season and come into their first-ever Pac-12 Tournament 3-3 in their six games. The Buffs have won 19 games and are looking their first-ever back-to-back 20-win season. CU won a school-record 24 games a year ago.
Washington (21-9 overall, 14-4 Pac-12) captured its 11th Conference title, and first since 2009, and will enter the 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.
UCLA (18-13, 11-7) and CU (19-11, 11-7) tied for fifth in the Pac-12 standings. However, the Bruins earn the No. 5 seed by winning the lone meeting in January, so the Buffs are No. 6. 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 1:10 p.m., 3:40 p.m., 7:10 p.m. and 9:40 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 1:10 p.m. and 3:40 p.m., followed by the men at 7:10 p.m. and 9:40 p.m.
The Pac-12 Championship doubleheader on Saturday, March 10 concludes the Tournament with the women tipping at 12:30 p.m., followed by the men at 4:10 p.m.
Tickets for the four-day event are still available for purchase by visiting www.pac-12.org/hoopstix.
Wed., Mar. 7 (all times Mountain)
Game 1 - No. 8 Washington State vs. No. 9 Oregon State, 1:10 p.m. MT, FSN
Game 2 - No. 5 UCLA vs. No. 12 USC, 3:40 p.m. MT, FSN
Game 3 - No. 7 Stanford vs. No. 10 Arizona State, 7:10 p.m. MT, FSN
Game 4 - No. 6 Colorado vs. No. 11 Utah, 9:40 p.m. MT, FSN
Thurs., Mar. 8
Game 5 - No. 8/9 vs. No. 1 Washington, 1:10 p.m. MT, FSN
Game 6 - No. 5/12 vs. No. 4 Arizona, 3:40 p.m. MT, FSN
Game 7 - No. 7/10 vs. No. 2 California, 7:10 p.m. MT, FSN
Game 8 - No. 6/11 vs. No. 3 Oregon, 9:40 p.m. MT, FSN
Fri., Mar. 9
Semifinal 1, 7:10 p.m. MT, FSN
Semifinal 2, 9:40 p.m. MT, FSN
Sat., Mar. 10
Championship Game, 4:10 p.m. MT, CBS