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For the ninth time since 2001, four Pac-12 teams are headed to the NCAA Tournament regional semifinals. Four of the five league teams that were seeded remain alive in the tournament, with STANFORD leading the way as the highest-seeded Pac-12 team in the tournament. The Cardinal takes the short trip to Berkeley for its regional matchup. #5 OREGON and #13 WASHINGTON are both headed to Omaha where the Huskies will have to get through the home team, #4 Nebraska. Sixth-seeded USC was the only Pac-12 team placed in the Austin Regional. The Trojans have made back-to-back appearances in the national semifinals and look to keep that streak alive. So far in the tournament this year, Pac-12 teams have posted a 9-3 record (.750).
The NCAA Tournament Regional semifinals will be streamed live on ESPN3.com. Direct links to the streaming can be found at www.ncaa.com. All of the regional final matchups will be televised live on ESPNU.
Seven Pac-12 teams earned NCAA Tournament bids, tied for the most of any conference in the country. STANFORD received the league’s automatic berth after claiming the Pac-12 crown, the program’s 15th all-time league title and the sixth in the last seven years ... Five of the Conference’s seven tournament teams are among the top-16 seeded teams. Stanford is the No. 2 seed, Oregon is the fifth seed, its highest-ever seeding. USC is the No. 6 seed, UCLA was the No. 7 seed and WASHINGTON is the No. 13 seed ... Also earning bids were ARIZONA STATE and CALIFORNIA. It was the Sun Devils’ first tournament appearance since 2006 ... The Bruins went into the tournament as the defending NCAA Champions ... The Conference has sent at least six teams to the NCAA Tournament for 13-consecutive years ... There have been 19 upsets by Pac-12 teams so far this season ... Pac-12 postseason honors went to Oregon’s Alaina Bergsma (Player of the Year), USC’s Samantha Bricio (Freshman of the Year), UO’s Lauren Plum (Setter of the Year), USC’s Natalie Hagglund was named Pac-12 Libero of the Year for the second-straight year and Stanford’s John Dunning was voted the Coach of the Year.
NCAA Tournament Schedule
Friday & Saturday, December 7 & 8
Michigan State (25-9) vs. Michigan (25-11) 5 p.m. PT
#2 STANFORD (29-3) vs. #15 Iowa State (22-7) 7 p.m. PT
Berkeley Regional, at Berkeley, Calif.
#5 OREGON (27-4) vs. #12 BYU (28-4) 2 p.m. PT
#4 Nebraska (25-6) vs. #13 WASHINGTON (25-6) 4 p.m. PT
Omaha Regional, at Omaha, Neb.
#6 USC (29-5) vs. Wichita State (24-9) 3 p.m. PT
#3 Texas (25-4) vs. #14 Florida (27-4) 5 p.m. PT
Austin Regional, at Austin, Texas
** All NCAA Tournament regional semifinals matches will be streamed on ESPN3.com
** All NCAA Tournament final matches will be televised on ESPNU.
NCAA TOURNAMENT RESULTS
NCAA First Round Results
Arizona State vs. Oklahoma, OU, 3-2 (20-25,25-19,25-18,19-25,15-13)
California vs. North Carolina, UNC, 3-1 (26-24,25-23,18-25,25-16)
#5 Oregon vs. Northern Colorado, ORE, 3-0 (25-14,25-19,25-18)
#2 Stanford vs. Jackson State, STAN, 3-0 (25-10,25-17,25-10)
#7 UCLA vs. LIU-Brooklyn, UCLA, 3-0 (25-13,25-15,25-12)
#6 USC vs. Fairfield, USC, 3-0 (25-8,25-11,25-10)
#13 Washington vs. Central Arkansas, WASH, 3-0 (25-13,25-17,25-18)
NCAA Second Round Results
#5 Oregon vs. Dayton, ORE, 3-0 (25-15,25-20,25-21)
#2 Stanford vs. Western Kentucky, STAN, 3-0 (25-15,25-23,25-15)
#7 UCLA vs. Michigan State, MSU, 3-1 (25-17,29-27,18-25,25-22)
#6 USC vs. Saint Mary’s (Calif.,) USC, 3-0 (28-26,25-16,25-19)
#13 Washington vs. Hawai’i, WASH, 3-2 (20-25,25-20,19-25,27-25,15-11)