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Buffs Open Pac-12 Tournament Thursday With USC

Mar 1, 2015


BOULDER - The University of Colorado will be the No. 9 seed at the 2015 Pac-12 Conference Women's Basketball Tournament, March 5-8 at KeyArena in Seattle.

Colorado will open tournament play with a first round game against No. 8 USC on Thursday, March 5, at 7 p.m. MST. The winner of Thursday's game will face No. 1 seed Oregon State on Friday, March 6, at 7 p.m. in the quarterfinals. The regular season champion Beavers receive a first round bye.

The Buffaloes, 13-16 overall, finished tied with Oregon for ninth in the Pac-12 standings at 6-12. Colorado received the No. 9 seed over the Ducks by virtue of its 84-69 win on Feb. 22 in Boulder in the season's only meeting.

Colorado is 3-3 in its previous Pac-12 Tournament appearances, winning its opening game in each season. Two of those three wins have come with the Buffaloes being the lower seed, including the 2014 championship when the No. 9 seed Buffaloes defeated No. 8 UCLA, 76-65, in a first round game before falling to top-seeded Stanford in the quarterfinals.

USC holds an 8-4 all-time lead in the series including a two-game sweep during the regular season. The Trojans won 81-61 on Jan. 9 in Boulder and 66-51 on Feb. 8 in Los Angeles. This will be the first Pac-12 Tournament meeting between the two schools and second ever in the postseason. USC defeated the Buffaloes 87-70 in the quarterfinals of the 2011 Postseason WNIT.

All of Colorado's Pac-12 Tournament games will be broadcast live on KKZN AM 760. The Pac-12 Network will nationally televise all tournament games through the semifinals with the championship game airing live on ESPN on Sunday, March 9, at 7 p.m. MST.

2015 Pac-12 Tournament (All Times MST)
First Round, Thursday, March 5
#10 Oregon vs. #7 Washington State, 12:30 p.m.
#11 Arizona vs. #6 UCLA, 3 p.m.
#9 Colorado vs. #8 USC, 7 p.m.
#12 Utah vs. #5 Washington, 9:30 p.m.

Quarterfinals, Friday, March 6
ORE-WSU vs. #2 Arizona State, 12:30 p.m.
ARIZ-UCLA vs. #3 Stanford, 3 p.m.
COLO-USC vs. #1 Oregon State, 7 p.m.
UTAH-WASH vs. #4 California, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 7
Semifinal #1, 7 p.m.
Semifinal #2, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 8
Championship Game, 7 p.m.