This Year in Pac-12 Men's Basketball
PAC-12 ROLLS THROUGH THE POSTSEASON. . . The Pac-12 posted a 17-8 (.680) record in postseason play. That equals the most wins ever in postseason play for the Pac-12. The league also produced 17 wins (17-8, .680) during the 1996-97 season in which Arizona won the national title. No other conference won more games during the 2011-12 postseason.
STANFORD CAPTURES NIT CROWN. . . The STANFORD Cardinal put together an impressive postseason run that resulted in the Pac-12's sixth ever NIT title. Sophomore G Aaron Bright, the NIT's Most Outstanding Player, led the Cardinal to a dominating 75-51 victory over Minnesota in the NIT championship game at Madison Square Garden. In five NIT games, Bright shot 25-of-39 (.641) from the field, including 12-of-18 (.667) from three-point range, and 22-of-25 (.880) from the free throw line to average 16.8 points/4.2 assists. It was the second NIT title for the Cardinal, as they won the 1991 NIT crown as well. . . With WASHINGTON's run to the NIT semifinal, the Pac-12 tallied a 10-3 record in NIT play, the most wins ever by the Conference in the nation's oldest postseason tournament.
WASHINGTON STATE REACHES CBI CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES. . . WASHINGTON STATE narrowly missed out on becoming the third Pac-12 team in four years to capture a postseason title in the College Basketball Invitational (Oregon State in 2009; Oregon in 2011). Despite playing the three-game championship series without junior F Brock Motum, the Pac-12's Most Improved Player and the league's leading scorer (18.0 ppg), the Cougars fell just short to Pittsburgh, two games to one.
COLORADO WINS PAC-12 TOURNAMENT TITLE. . . In its debut season in the Pac-12, COLORADO became the first league team to win four tournament games to capture the Conference's postseason crown. Senior G Carlon Brown, the Pac-12 Tournament Most Outstanding Player, led the way by averaging 15.8 points and 4.8 rebounds. The Buffaloes earned the league's automatic NCAA Tournament bid and knocked off No. 23 UNLV in second round action. It was the first NCAA Tournament win for the Buffaloes since 1997.