2019 Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament bracket announced, Washington earns No. 1 seed
SAN FRANCISCO - Eight of the 12 seeds for the 2019 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 WASHINGTON Huskies (24-7 overall, 15-3 in Pac-12 play) entering the event as the No. 1 seed.
The 2019 Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament will take place Wednesday – Saturday, March 13-16 with an action-packed 11 games over four intense days in the event’s third year at Las Vegas’ hottest new sports and entertainment venue, T-Mobile Arena. Since moving to T-Mobile Arena, the event has enjoyed back-to-back years of total attendance over 80,000, just the second time in Tournament history that total attendance surpassed 80,000 in successive years. All-Tournament Passes, which provide fans the best locations for the best price, and single-session tickets for this year’s event are available at Pac-12.com/tickets.
WASHINGTON (24-7, 15-3) clinched a share of the Pac-12 regular-season title on Feb. 23 and secured the outright crown five days later en route to a three-game margin in the final league standings. The Huskies will be the No. 1 seed in the Pac-12 Tournament for the third time in program history (2009, 2012, 2019).
Runner-up ARIZONA STATE (21-9, 12-6) captured the No. 2 seed, matching its highest in program history (2010), on the strength of its most Conference wins and best league finish since 2009-10 (12-6, 2nd). It is the Sun Devils’ fifth-ever top-four seed and first-round bye in the Pac-12 Tournament.
UTAH (17-13, 11-7) finished alone in third place in the standings to earn the No. 3 seed for the second consecutive season. The Utes, who were picked eighth in the league’s preseason media poll, have secured a top-four seed and first-round bye in the Pac-12 Tournament for five straight years, the longest streak of any team in the Conference.
OREGON STATE (18-12, 10-8), which was voted 10th in the Pac-12 preseason media poll, came away with the No. 4 seed and final bye from a three-way tie for fourth in the standings with COLORADO (19-11, 10-8) and OREGON (19-12, 10-8). The Beavers swept all three games from the Buffaloes (1-0) and Ducks (2-0) to garner the No. 4 seed and bye. It marks OSU’s first opening-round bye and top-four seed since the Beavers won a share of the league crown and earned the No. 1 seed in 1990.
COLORADO (19-11, 10-8) then slotted into the No. 5 seed based on its head-to-head victory over OREGON, which positions into the No. 6 seed.
UCLA (16-15, 9-9) finished in solo seventh for the No. 7 seed.
USC (15-16), ARIZONA (17-14) and STANFORD (15-15) finished in a three-way tie for eighth at 8-10 in league play. The Trojans and Wildcats both went 2-1 against the grouping, while the Cardinal finished at 1-3, therefore placing USC as the No. 8 seed based on its head-to-head victory versus Arizona.
Arizona slots into the No. 9 seed by virtue of its season sweep of Stanford, which then moves into the No. 10 seed.
WASHINGTON STATE (11-20, 4-14) and CALIFORNIA (8-22, 3-15) rounded 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 13. 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 14 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 15 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 16 at 7:30 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.
2019 Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament Schedule
T-Mobile Arena (Capacity: 18,000) – Las Vegas (Game times are local to site; * - approximate tip time)
Wed., March 13
Game 1: No. 8 USC vs. No. 9 ARIZONA, 12:00 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Network
Game 2: No. 5 COLORADO vs. No. 12 CALIFORNIA, 2:30 p.m. PT*, Pac-12 Network
Game 3: No. 7 UCLA vs. No. 10 STANFORD, 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 14
Game 5: Game 1 winner vs. No. 1 WASHINGTON, 12:00 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Network
Game 6: Game 2 winner vs. No. 4 OREGON STATE, 2:30 p.m. PT*, Pac-12 Network
Game 7: Game 3 winner vs. No. 2 ARIZONA STATE, 6:00 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Network
Game 8: Game 4 winner vs. No. 3 UTAH, 8:30 p.m. PT*, ESPN
Fri., March 15
Game 9: Semifinal 1, 6:00 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Network
Game 10: Semifinal 2, 8:30 p.m. PT*, ESPN
Sat., March 16
Game 11: Pac-12 Championship, 7:30 p.m. PT, ESPN