Women's Tournament Seedings Announced
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The ARIZONA STATE, CALIFORNIA, STANFORD and USC women's basketball teams earned first-round byes at the 2012 Pacific Life Pac-12 Basketball Tournament. The second-ranked Cardinal claimed the top seed in the women's bracket for the 11th year in a row. The four-day, 11-game event takes place Wednesday-Saturday, March 7-10 in Los Angeles.
The Cardinal go into Sunday's contest at CALIFORNIA with a 17-0 record and is looking to go undefeated in Conference play for the third-straight year. Stanford is riding a 24-game winning streak, dating back to Nov. 25, 2011. Led by hall of fame coach Tara VanDerveer, the Cardinal have won 74-consecutive games against Pac-12 teams, including postseason games.
Cal clinched the second seed and goes into Sunday's contest vs. the Cardinal with a 13-4 league mark, also boasting a 22-7 overall record. USC is the third seed at 12-6 in Conference and finishing the regular season at 18-11. At 10-8 in Pac-12 play, ARIZONA STATE is the fourth seed and goes into postseason action with a 19-10 record.
OREGON STATE and UCLA tied for fifth place in the Pac-12 standings, both posting a league record of 9-9. The Bruins (14-15 overall), however, claim the fifth seed by virtue of the tie-breaker rule and the Beavers (18-11 overall) will be the sixth seed.
WASHINGTON (16-12 overall) and UTAH (15-14 overall) tied for seventh in the Conference standings with an 8-10 league mark. Conference newcomer Utah is the seventh seed and the Huskies get the eighth seed because of the tie-breaker rule. With a 7-11 Pac-12 record, OREGON (15-15 overall) is the ninth seed and Colorado (17-12 overall) is the 10th seed after going 6-12 in Conference play.
WASHINGTON STATE and ARIZONA are the 11th and 12th seeds, respectively. The Cougars (11-19 overall) were 5-13 against league teams, while the Wildcats (14-16) were 3-15.
The Pacific Life Pac-12 Basketball Tournament heads to Los Angeles for the fourth-straight year. The first two round of the tournament will be played at Galen Center on the campus of USC. The women's teams then move to STAPLES Center to join the men's tournament for the semifinals and championship games.
Stanford is the five-time reigning champion, winning the title eight times overall. ASU won the tournament crown in the inaugural season in 2002 and UCLA upset the Cardinal in 2006 to win the championship.
With the additions of Colorado and Utah, the tournament has expanded to 11 games. First- and second-round games are set for noon, 2:15 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7 and Thursday, March. 8. First- and second-round contests will be streamed live on YouTube.com.
Semifinal action takes place at STAPLES Center on Friday, March 9, with tip-off scheduled for 12 noon and approximately 2:30 p.m. The action continues with the champion being determined on Saturday, March 10. Tip off is at 11:30 a.m. PT. All games at STAPLES Center will be nationally televised on Fox Sports Net.
Tickets for the four-day event are still available for purchase by visiting www.pac-12.org/hoopstix.
2012 PACIFIC LIFE PAC-12 BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
Wednesday-Saturday, March 7-10
Galen Center & STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, Calif.
Wednesday, March 7 // Galen Center
Game 1: #8 Washington (8-10, 16-12) vs. #9 Oregon (7-11, 15-15), 12 p.m. PT // YouTube.com/Pac12Conf
Game 2: #5 UCLA (9-9, 14-15) vs. #12 Arizona (3-15, 14-16), 2:15 p.m. PT // YouTube.com/Pac12Conf
Game 3: #7 Utah (8-10, 15-14) vs. #10 Colorado (6-12, 17-12), 5 p.m. PT // YouTube.com/Pac12Conf
Game 4: #6 Oregon State (9-9, 18-11) vs. #11 Washington State (5-13, 11-19), 7:15 p.m. PT // YouTube.com/Pac12Conf
Thursday, March 8 // Galen Center
Game 5: #1 Stanford (17-0, 27-1)* vs. #8/9 Seed, 12 p.m. PT // YouTube.com/Pac12Conf
Game 6: #4 Arizona State (10-8, 19-10) vs. #5/12 Seed, 2:15 p.m. PT // YouTube.com/Pac12Conf
Game 7: #2 California (13-4, 22-7)* vs. #7/10 Seed, 5 p.m. PT // YouTube.com/Pac12Conf
Game 8: #3 USC (12-6, 18-11) vs. #6/11 Seed, 7:15 p.m. PT // YouTube.com/Pac12Conf
Friday, March 9 // STAPLES Center
Game 9: Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6, 12 noon PT // Fox Sports Net
Game 10: Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8, 2:30 p.m. PT // Fox Sports Net
Saturday, March 10 // STAPLES Center
Game 11: Championship game, 11:30 a.m. PT // Fox Sports Net
All times Pacific.
* Stanford and California have one game remaining on Sunday, March 4 at 6 p.m. PT on Fox Sports Net.