Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament bracket announced, Arizona earns No. 1 seed
SAN FRANCISCO - Seven of the 12 seeds for the 2018 Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament were determined on Saturday, the final day of the Pac-12 regular season. The bracket is now set with the Pac-12 regular-season outright champion ARIZONA Wildcats (24-7 overall, 14-4 in Pac-12 play) entering the event as the No. 1 seed.
All-tournament passes and single-session tickets are still available for the Pac-12 Tournament, which will take place Wednesday-Saturday, March 7-10 in Las Vegas, Nev. Now in its sixth year in the city, the championship enters its second year at T-Mobile Arena following a record-setting attendance debut in the building in 2017. Tickets can be purchased at pac-12.com/tickets or the T-Mobile Arena box office.
ARIZONA (24-7, 14-4) secured a share of its 16th Conference regular-season title with a victory versus Stanford on Thursday, then locked up its 13th all-time outright crown with a triumph over California on Saturday. The defending champion Wildcats will enter the Pac-12 Tournament as the top seed for the eighth time in the event’s 21 stagings.
Runner-up USC (21-10, 12-6) captured the No. 2 seed, its highest in program history, on the strength of its most Conference wins since 1996-97 (12-6). It is the Trojans’ fourth-ever first-round bye in the Pac-12 Tournament.
There was a three-way tie for third place between STANFORD (17-14, 11-7), UCLA (20-10, 11-7) and UTAH (19-10, 11-7). The Utes came out as the No. 3 seed and earned a first-round bye for the fourth straight season on the strength of a combined 2-1 record against the Cardinal (1-2) and Bruins (2-2).
UCLA, which split the season series with Stanford, received the final bye as the No. 4 seed behind a victory over champion Arizona. The Cardinal (0-2 vs. Arizona) then slotted into the No. 5 spot.
OREGON (20-11, 10-8) and WASHINGTON (20-11, 10-8) tied for sixth place in the final standings. The Ducks emerged as the No. 6 seed after sweeping the season series against the Huskies, who moved into the No. 7 spot.
COLORADO (16-14, 8-10) and ARIZONA STATE (20-10, 8-10) tied for eighth and split their two meetings during the regular season. CU claimed the No. 8 seed by virtue of its 1-1 mark versus champion Arizona, leaving ASU as the No. 9 seed based on its 0-2 record against the Wildcats.
OREGON STATE (15-15, 7-11), WASHINGTON STATE (12-18, 4-14) and CALIFORNIA (8-23, 2-16) rounded out the Pac-12 Tournament bracket with the No. 10, No. 11 and No. 12 seeds, respectively.
The Pac-12 Networks will air eight games of the Tournament, including the first seven games, starting with first round action on Wednesday, March 8. Game times are 12:00 p.m. PT, 2:30 p.m. PT, 6:00 p.m. PT, and 8:30 p.m. PT.
The Pac-12 Networks will carry the first three quarterfinal games on Thursday, March 9 at 12:00 p.m. PT, 2:30 p.m. PT, and 6:00 p.m. PT. FS1 will air the last quarterfinal that evening at 8:30 p.m. PT.
Semifinal action on Friday, March 10 tips off at 6:00 p.m. PT (PAC12) and 8:30 p.m. PT (FS1). The Pac-12 Championship will air on FS1 on Saturday, March 11 at 7:00 p.m. PT.
2018 Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament Schedule
T-Mobile Arena (Capacity: 18,000) – Las Vegas (Game times are local to site)
Wed., March 7
Game 1: No. 8 COLORADO vs. No. 9 ARIZONA STATE, 12:00 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Network
Game 2: No. 5 STANFORD vs. No. 12 CALIFORNIA, 2:30 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Network
Game 3: No. 7 WASHINGTON vs. No. 10 OREGON STATE, 6:00 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Network
Game 4: No. 6 OREGON vs. No. 11 WASHINGTON STATE, 8:30 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Network
Thurs., March 8
Game 5: Game 1 winner vs. No. 1 ARIZONA, 12:00 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Network
Game 6: Game 2 winner vs. No. 4 UCLA, 2:30 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Network
Game 7: Game 3 winner vs. No. 2 USC, 6:00 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Network
Game 8: Game 4 winner vs. No. 3 UTAH, 8:30 p.m. PT, FS1
Fri., March 9
Game 9: Semifinal 1, 6:00 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Network
Game 10: Semifinal 2, 8:30 p.m. PT, FS1
Sat., March 10
Game 11: Pac-12 Championship, 7:00 p.m. PT, FS1
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