Bracket set for Pac-12 Basketball Tournament
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The bracket for the 2013 Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament is set as the Pac-12 regular season champion UCLA Bruins (23-8 overall, 13-5 in Pac-12 play) captured the Pac-12 title on the final day of the regular season, and with it the No. 1 seed. The 2013 Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament takes place Wednesday-Saturday, March 13-16, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. Tickets for the four-day event are still available for purchase by visiting pac-12.com/tickets.
CALIFORNIA (20-10, 12-6), OREGON (23-8, 12-6) and ARIZONA (24-6, 12-6) tied for second in the league race, with the Golden Bears grabbing the No. 2 seed following the league’s tie-breaking procedures. The Ducks are the No. 3 seed, and the Wildcats the No. 4 seed. The top four seeded teams receive byes and will begin play on Thursday, March 14.
COLORADO (20-10, 10-8), the defending Pac-12 Tournament champion, is the No. 5 seed.
With a four-way tie for sixth, the tie-breaking procedures slot WASHINGTON (17-14, 9-9) as the No. 6 seed, followed by USC (14-17, 9-9) as the No. 7 seed. STANFORD (18-13, 9-9) grabs the No. 8 seed, and will meet No. 9 seed ARIZONA STATE (20-11, 9-9) in the Tournament opener on Wednesday, March 13.
UTAH (13-17, 5-13) won its final two regular season games to move up to 10th in the standings and will begin Tournament play as the No. 10 seed.
OREGON STATE (14-17, 4-14) and WASHINGTON STATE (13-18, 4-14) finish with identical league marks and tied for 11th in the Pac-12 standings. The two teams split their season series, but the Cougars claim the No. 11 seed by virtue of their record vs. the team occupying the highest position in the final regular season standings (Washington State was 1-1 vs. UCLA; Oregon State was 0-1 vs. UCLA).
The Pac-12 Networks will air eight games of the Tournament, including the first seven games, starting with first-round action on Wednesday, March 13. Game times are 12:06 p.m. PT, 2:36 p.m. PT, 6:06 p.m. PT, and 8:36 p.m. PT.
The Pac-12 Networks will carry the first three quarterfinal games on Thursday, March 14 at 12:06 p.m. PT, 2:36 p.m. PT, and 6:06 p.m. PT. ESPNU will air the last quarterfinal that evening at 8:38 p.m. PT.
Semifinal action on Friday, March 9 tips off at 6:06 p.m. (P12N) and 8:38 p.m. (ESPN). The Pac-12 Championship will air on ESPN on Saturday, March 16 at 8:02 p.m .
2013 PAC-12 MEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Wednesday-Saturday, March 13-16, 2013
MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nev.
Wed., Mar. 13
Game 1 - No. 8 STANFORD vs. No. 9 ARIZONA STATE, 12:06 p.m. PT P12N
Game 2 - No. 5 COLORADO vs. No. 12 OREGON STATE, approx. 2:36 p.m. PT P12N
Game 3 - No. 7 USC vs. No. 10 UTAH, 6:06 p.m. PT P12N
Game 4 - No. 6 WASHINGTON vs. No. 11 WASHINGTON STATE, approx. 8:36 p.m. PT P12N
Thurs., Mar. 14
Game 5 - No. 8/9 vs. No. 1 UCLA, 12:06 p.m. PT P12N
Game 6 - No. 5/12 vs. No. 4 ARIZONA, approx. 2:36 p.m. PT P12N
Game 7 - No. 7/10 vs. No. 2 CALIFORNIA, 6:06 p.m. PT P12N
Game 8 - No. 6/11 vs. No. 3 OREGON, approx. 8:38 p.m. PT ESPNU
Fri., Mar. 15
Semifinal 1, 6:06 p.m. PT P12N
Semifinal 2, approx. 8:38 p.m. PT ESPN
Sat., Mar. 16
Championship Game, 8:02 p.m. PT ESPN
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