Oregon, Arizona share Pac-12 regular-season crown; Ducks earn top seed
SAN FRANCISCO - Nine of the 12 seeds for the 2017 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 co-champion OREGON Ducks (27-4 overall, 16-2 in Pac-12 play) entering the event as the No. 1 seed for the second consecutive season.
A limited amount of single-session tickets remain for the Pac-12 Tournament, which will take place Wednesday-Saturday, March 8-11 in Las Vegas, Nev. Now in its fifth year in the city, the championship venue shifts across the Las Vegas Strip to the new T-Mobile Arena following the event’s first-ever complete sellout last season at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Tickets can be purchased at pac-12.com/tickets.
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For the first time in Conference history, three teams will carry AP top 10 national rankings into the tournament as regular season co-champions Oregon and Arizona along with UCLA have polled among the top 10 teams in the country for the past several weeks. The Pac-12 also boasts the most candidates for the John R. Wooden National Player of the Year Award in Arizona’s Lauri Markkanen, Oregon’s Dillon Brooks, UCLA’s Lonzo Ball and Washington’s Markelle Fultz.
ARIZONA (27-4, 16-2) earned a share of its 15th regular-season title, tying atop the final standings with Oregon, which won its fifth crown overall and first in successive seasons. The Ducks were awarded the top seed by virtue of their Feb. 4 victory over the Wildcats, who subsequently will be the tournament’s No. 2 seed.
UCLA (28-3, 15-3) and UTAH (20-10, 11-7) finished third and fourth, respectively, in the standings to claim coveted first-round byes into the tourney quarterfinals.
CALIFORNIA (19-11, 10-8) and USC (23-8, 10-8) tied for fifth place in the standings. The Golden Bears received the No. 5 seed by virtue of their head-to-head victory on Jan. 8, placing the Trojans in the No. 6 slot.
COLORADO (18-13, 8-10) won eight of its final 11 league contests to finish in solo seventh place in the standings and secure the No. 7 seed, followed by ARIZONA STATE (14-17, 7-11) in solo eighth for the No. 8 seed.
STANFORD (14-16, 6-12) and WASHINGTON STATE (13-17, 6-12) tied for ninth in the final standings, with the Cardinal edging the Cougars for the No. 9 seed via a head-to-head triumph on Jan. 12.
WASHINGTON (9-21, 2-16) and OREGON STATE (5-26, 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 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. ESPN 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 (ESPN).
The Pac-12 Championship will air on ESPN on Saturday, March 11 at 8:00 p.m. PT.
For the latest Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament bracket and news, and to follow the tournament throughout next week, visit pac-12.com and pac-12.com/menstourney. For up-to-the-minute updates, follow on Twitter at @pac12 and on Facebook (facebook.com/pac12conference). Fans can also follow the Pac-12 Networks on Twitter for exclusive content at @Pac12Network.
2017 Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament Schedule
T-Mobile Arena (Capacity: 18,000) – Las Vegas (Game times are local to site)
Wed., March 8
Game 1: No. 8 ARIZONA STATE vs. No. 9 STANFORD, 12:00 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Network
Game 2: No. 5 CALIFORNIA vs. No. 12 OREGON STATE, 2:30 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Network
Game 3: No. 7 COLORADO vs. No. 10 WASHINGTON STATE, 6:00 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Network
Game 4: No. 6 USC vs. No. 11 WASHINGTON, 8:30 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Network
Thurs., March 9
Game 5: Game 1 winner vs. No. 1 OREGON, 12:00 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Network
Game 6: Game 2 winner vs. No. 4 UTAH, 2:30 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Network
Game 7: Game 3 winner vs. No. 2 ARIZONA, 6:00 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Network
Game 8: Game 4 winner vs. No. 3 UCLA, 8:30 p.m. PT, ESPN
Fri., March 10
Game 9: Semifinal 1, 6:00 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Network
Game 10: Semifinal 2, 8:30 p.m. PT, ESPN
Sat., March 11
Game 11: Pac-12 Championship, 8:00 p.m. PT, ESPN