USC, UCLA Advance To NCAA Regionals
Two Pac-12 teams are headed to the NCAA Tournament regionals. Seventh-seeded USC and ninth-seeded UCLA are still in contention for the national championship, but take on tough opponents at their respective regional sites. The Trojans travel to 10th-seeded Hawai'i, while the Bruins take on four-time defending national champion and eighth-seeded Penn State in Lexington, Ky. Both the Rainbow Wahine and Nittany Lions have impressive NCAA Tournament histories. On top of the four-consecutive NCAA titles, PSU is riding a 26-match postseason win streak. UH has won three national titles and boast a 74 percent postseason-winning percentage.
The NCAA Tournament Regional semifinals will be streamed live on ESPN3.com. Direct links to the streaming can be found at www.pac-12.org. All of the regional final matchups will be televised live on ESPNU.
Seven Pac-12 teams earned NCAA Tournament bids this year and three were seeded in the top 16 ... USC claimed the Pac-12's automatic bid after winning the first-ever Pac-12 Championship title ... The Conference has sent at least six teams to the NCAA Tournament for 12-consecutive years ... There have been 26 upsets by Pac-12 teams so far this season ... In the latest AVCA Coaches poll, USC is the No. 1 team in the nation, followed by No. 4 UCLA, No. 6 Cardinal, No. 10 Golden Bears, No. 11 Huskies and the No. 13 Ducks.
Friday & Saturday, Dec. 9 & 10
#9 UCLA (26-6) vs. #8 Penn State (25-7) (ESPN3.com) - 5 p.m. ET
Kentucky (28-5) vs. #1 Texas (24-4) (ESPN3.com) - 7 p.m. ET
Winners meet Saturday (ESPNU) - 4:30 p.m. ET
Pepperdine (24-6) vs. Kansas State (22-10) (ESPN3.com) - 5 p.m. HT
#7 USC (27-4) at #10 Hawai'i (31-1) (ESPN3.com) - 7 p.m. HT
Winners meet Saturday (ESPNU) - 7 p.m. HT