2016 Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament Bracket Set
SAN FRANCISCO - Eight of the 12 seeds for the 2016 Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament were determined on the final day of the Pac-12 regular season on Saturday. The bracket is now set with the Pac-12 regular season champion OREGON Ducks (25-6 overall, 14-4 in Pac-12 play) entering the event as the No. 1 seed for the first time since 2002.
The Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament takes place Wednesday-Saturday, March 9-12, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.
UTAH (24-7, 13-5), which is led by national player of the year finalist Jakob Poeltl, finishes second for the second straight year and enters the Tournament as the No. 2 seed.
CALIFORNIA (22-9, 12-6) and ARIZONA (24-7, 12-6) capture the last two coveted byes. The two teams tied for third place and split their head-to-head meetings this season, but the Golden Bears secured the No. 3 seed by virtue of their 1-1 record against top seeded Oregon, placing the Wildcats (0-1 vs. the Ducks) in the No. 4 spot.
COLORADO (21-10, 10-8), which won 10 or more league games for the fourth time in five seasons, is slotted at No. 5.
In a three-way tie for sixth place between OREGON STATE (18-11, 9-9), USC (20-11, 9-9) and WASHINGTON (17-13, 9-9), the Beavers come out on top with the No. 6 seed. In the multi-team tie-breaking procedure, Oregon State owned the better collective head-to-head record (2-1) with USC (2-2) and Washington (1-2). The head-to-head tie-break procedure was then used on USC and Washington to determine the No. 7 seed. The teams split their season series. Their records were then compared versus the teams at the top of the standings. Neither team defeated Oregon or Utah. Their records versus the tied group of Arizona and California revealed the edge to the Trojans for the No. 7 seed as they went 1-2, compared to the Huskies 0-3 mark. Washington fills the bracket at No. 8.
STANFORD (15-14, 8-10) will be the No. 9 seed and UCLA (15-16, 6-12) will be the No. 10 seed. ARIZONA STATE (15-16, 5-13) and WASHINGTON STATE (9-21, 1-17) round out the Pac-12 Tournament bracket with the 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 9. Game times are 12:10 p.m. PT, 2:40 p.m. PT, 6:10 p.m. PT, and 8:40 p.m. PT.
The Pac-12 Networks will carry the first three quarterfinal games on Thursday, March 10 at 12:10 p.m. PT, 2:40 p.m. PT, and 6:10 p.m. PT. FOX Sports 1 will air the last quarterfinal that evening at 8:45 p.m. PT.
Semifinal action on Friday, March 11 tips off at 6:10 p.m. (P12N) and 8:45 p.m. (FS1). The Pac-12 Championship will air on FS1 on Saturday, March 12 at 7:15 p.m.
2016 PAC-12 MEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
Wednesday-Saturday, March 9-12
MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nev.
|Wednesday, March 9 • Pac-12 Network|
|Game 1: #8 WASHINGTON vs. #9 STANFORD, 12:10 p.m. PT|
|Game 2: #5 COLORADO vs. #12 WASHINGTON STATE, approx. 2:40 p.m. PT|
|Game 3: #7 USC vs. #10 UCLA, 6:10 p.m. PT|
|Game 4: #6 OREGON STATE vs. #11 ARIZONA STATE, approx. 8:40 p.m. PT|
|Thursday, March 10|
|Game 5: #8/9 vs. #1 OREGON, 12:10 p.m. PT (P12N)|
|Game 6: #5/12 vs. #4 ARIZONA, approx. 2:40 p.m. PT (P12N)|
|Game 7: #7/10 vs. #2 UTAH, 6:15 p.m. PT (P12N)|
|Game 8: #6/11 vs. #3 CALIFORNIA, approx. 8:45 p.m. PT (FS1)|
|Friday, March 11|
|Game 9: Semifinal 1, 6:15 p.m. PT (P12N)|
|Game 10: Semifinal 2, approx. 8:45 p.m. PT (FS1)|
|Saturday, March 12 • FS1|
|Game 11: Championship game, 7:15 p.m. PT|