WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Nine of the 12 seeds for the 2014 Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament were determined on a frenetic final day of the Pac-12 regular season. The bracket is now set with the Pac-12 regular season champion ARIZONA Wildcats (28-3 overall, 15-3 in Pac-12 play) entering the event as the No. 1 seed.
The Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament takes place Wednesday-Saturday, March 12-15, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. A limited supply of tickets for sessions 1-4 are available now pac-12.com/tickets.
Colorado (21-10, 10-8), the 2012 Pac-12 Tournament Champions, finished fifth in the conference standings for the third straight year and tied their conference record from a year ago at 10-8. The season when they won the conference tournament, they were the sixth seed winning four games in four days.
Last season, they were the No. 5 seed, defeating No. 12 Oregon State, then fell to No. 4 seed Arizona in the quarterfinals.
CU defeated the Trojans in both meetings this season, in Boulder, 83-62 (Jan. 18) and in Los Angeles, 83-74 (Feb. 16).
Tickets for sessions 5 and 6 (semifinals and championship game) went on sale at 11 a.m. (MT) Sunday.
While UCLA (23-8, 12-6) locked in the No. 2 seed earlier in the week with its win at Washington, it took six games on the final day, including two in overtime, to determine nine of the Tournament’s 12 seeds.
A logjam followed with five teams tied for third place with 10-8 league records - ARIZONA STATE (21-10), CALIFORNIA (19-12), COLORADO (21-10), OREGON (22-8), and STANFORD (19-11).
Following the league’s multi-team tie-breaking procedure, Arizona State emerged as the No. 3 seed as it had the advantage with a 5-3 collective head-to-head record against the other tied teams.
With the Sun Devils seeded, the multi-team tie-breaking procedure was repeated with the remaining four teams. With a favorable 3-1 record against the other three teams, CALIFORNIA (19-12, 10-8) grabbed the coveted No. 4 seed and will receive a bye into Thursday’s quarterfinal.
The multi-team tie-breaking procedure was repeated once more with Colorado, Oregon and Stanford, where the Buffaloes (21-10, 10-8) were awarded the No. 5 seed after it sported a 2-0 record against the Ducks and Cardinal.
The two-team tie-breaking procedure was then implemented with Stanford and Oregon. The Cardinal held the head-to-head advantage over the Ducks, picking up the No. 6 seed. Oregon, riding a seven-game winning streak, was awarded the No. 7 seed.
UTAH (20-10) and WASHINGTON (17-14) finished in a tie for eighth with 9-9 league marks. With both teams splitting head-to-head meetings this season, the next step in the two-team tie-breaker was to compare each team’s records vs. the team occupying the highest position in the final regular season standings, and then continuing down through the standings until one team gains an advantage.
Both teams were winless against league champion Arizona. However, Utah grabbed the No. 8 seed with its 1-1 record against UCLA, while Washington was winless against the Bruins and pulled in the No. 9 seed. The two teams will tip off the Pac-12 Tournament Wednesday, March 12 at 12 noon on Pac-12 Networks.
OREGON STATE (16-14, 8-10) equaled its best league record over the last 21 seasons. The No. 10-seeded Beavers will face rival Oregon.
In the final Pac-12 game of the regular season, WASHINGTON STATE (10-20, 3-15) upended UCLA to grab the No. 11 seed, while USC (11-20, 2-16) rounds out the Pac-12 Tournament bracket with the No. 12 seed.
The Pac-12 Networks will air eight games of the Tournament, including the first seven games, starting with first round action on Wednesday, March 12. Game times are 1:06 p.m., 3:36 p.m., 7:06 p.m., and 9:36 p.m.
The Pac-12 Networks will carry the first three quarterfinal games on Thursday, March 13 at 1:06 p.m., 3:36 p.m., and 7:06 p.m.
FS1 will air the last quarterfinal that evening at 9:40 p.m.
Semifinal action on Friday, March 14 tips off at 7:06 p.m. (P12N) and 9:40 p.m. (FS1). The Pac-12 Championship will air on FS1 on Saturday, March 15 at 4:02 p.m.
2014 PAC-12 MEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Wednesday-Saturday, March 12-15, 2014
MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nev.
Wed., Mar. 12
Game 1 - No. 8 UTAH vs. No. 9 WASHINGTON, 1:06 p.m., P12N
Game 2 - No. 5 COLORADO vs. No. 12 USC, approx. 3:36 p.m., P12N
Game 3 - No. 7 OREGON vs. No. 10 OREGON STATE, 7:06 p.m., P12N
Game 4 - No. 6 STANFORD vs. No. 11 WASHINGTON STATE, approx. 9:36 p.m., P12N
Thurs., Mar. 13
Game 5 - No. 8/9 vs. No. 1 ARIZONA, 1:06 p.m., P12N
Game 6 - No. 5/12 vs. No. 4 CALIFORNIA, approx. 3:36 p.m., P12N
Game 7 - No. 7/10 vs. No. 2 UCLA, 7:06 p.m., P12N
Game 8 - No. 6/11 vs. No. 3 ARIZONA STATE, approx. 9:40 p.m., FS1
Fri., Mar. 14
Semifinal 1, 7:06 p.m., P12N
Semifinal 2, approx. 9:40 p.m., FS1
Sat., Mar. 15
Championship Game, 4:02 p.m., FS1
Tickets are still available for purchase by visiting pac-12.com/tickets.
All Times Listed are MOUNTAIN