Pac-12 Men’s Basketball to send five teams to 2021 NCAA Tournament
SAN FRANCISCO - Five Pac-12 Men's Basketball programs earned bids for the 2021 NCAA Tournament on Selection Sunday with COLORADO, OREGON, OREGON STATE, UCLA and USC chosen to represent the league in March Madness. The five bids marks the most for the Conference since securing a record seven in 2015-16.
The entirety of the 2021 NCAA Tournament will be conducted at sites within the Indianapolis metro area and central Indiana, with specific venues and times listed below.
OREGON STATE (17-12) earned the Pac-12's automatic NCAA Tournament bid on Saturday by upsetting No. 23 ranked Colorado, 70-68, in the Pac-12 Tournament championship game for the Beavers' first-ever Conference tournament title. The Midwest Region No. 12 seed Beavers will face No. 5 seed Tennessee on Friday, March 19. It will mark OSU's 18th all-time appearance, the second under head coach Wayne Tinkle (2016).
COLORADO (22-8) is making its fifth NCAA Tournament appearance under head coach Tad Boyle and 15th in program history, drawing the No. 5 seed in the East Region where it will open against No. 12 seed Georgetown on Saturday, March 20. The Buffaloes' No. 5 seed is the best in program history.
USC (22-7) landed the West Region No. 6 seed and will face either No. 11 seed Wichita State or Drake out of the First Four on Saturday, March 20. It is the 19th all-time berth for the Trojans including the third under head coach Andy Enfield, which ties for the most of any coach in USC history (Forrest Twogood, Henry Bibby, Tim Floyd).
Pac-12 regular-season champions OREGON (20-6), the West Region's No. 7 seed, received an at-large bid and will begin against No. 10 seed VCU on Saturday, March 20. It is the 17th all-time appearance for the Ducks including the program-record seventh in head coach Dana Altman's 11 seasons at the helm. Oregon has advanced to at least the Sweet 16 in each of its last three NCAA appearances (2016 - Elite Eight; 2017 - Final Four; 2019 - Sweet 16).
UCLA (17-9), the East Region's No. 11 seed, earned one of the last four at-large berths and will open against Michigan State in the First Four on Thursday, March 18. The winner advances to play No. 6 seed BYU on Saturday, March 20. The Bruins will be making their 50th all-time tourney appearance, but the first under second-year head coach Mick Cronin, whose 12 career bids is the second-most in the Conference behind Altman's 15.
The five teams will be competing for a trip to the 2021 NCAA Final Four hosted at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on April 3 and 5.
2021 NCAA TOURNAMENT
No. 6 USC vs. No. 11 Wichita State/Drake - Saturday, March 20 - 1:30 p.m. PT - TNT - Bankers Life Fieldhouse
No. 7 OREGON vs. No. 10 VCU - Saturday, March 20 - 6:57 p.m. PT - TNT - Farmers Coliseum
No. 12 OREGON STATE vs. No. 5 Tennessee - Friday, March 19 - 1:30 p.m. PT - TNT - Bankers Life Fieldhouse
No. 5 COLORADO vs. No. 12 Georgetown - Saturday, March 20 - 9:15 a.m. PT - CBS - Hinkle Fieldhouse
No. 11 UCLA vs. No. 11 Michigan State - Thursday, March 18 - 6:57 p.m. PT - TBS - Mackey Arena (First Four; winner advances to play No. 6 BYU)