A miserable regular season ended with a pleasant surprise for the Washington Huskies on Saturday afternoon, as they upset 13th-ranked Utah, 77-68, with just seven available scholarship players.
The Pac-12 tournament seedings are now set. Washington, the 11 seed, will face 6-seed Stanford at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The winner faces Utah, the No. 3 seed, on Thursday night.
The full Pac-12 tournament schedule, plus a bunch of links, are after the jump.
Wed., Mar. 11Game 1 - No. 8 CALIFORNIA vs. No. 9 WASHINGTON STATE, 12:10 p.m. PT, P12NGame 2 - No. 5 ARIZONA STATE vs. No. 12 USC, approx. 2:40 p.m. PT, P12NGame 3 - No. 7 OREGON STATE vs. No. 10 COLORADO, 6:10 p.m. PT, P12NGame 4 - No. 6 STANFORD vs. No. 11 WASHINGTON, approx. 8:40 p.m. PT, P12N
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Thurs., Mar. 12Game 5 - No. 8/9 vs. No. 1 ARIZONA, 12:10 p.m. PT, P12NGame 6 - No. 5/12 vs. No. 4 UCLA, approx. 2:40 p.m. PT, P12NGame 7 - No. 7/10 vs. No. 2 OREGON, 6:10 p.m. PT, P12NGame 8 - No. 6/11 vs. No. 3 UTAH, approx. 8:40 p.m. PT, ESPN
Fri., Mar. 13Semifinal 1, 6:10 p.m. PT, P12NSemifinal 2, approx. 8:45 p.m. PT, ESPN
Sat., Mar. 14Championship Game, 8:05 p.m. PT, ESPN
--- Here's our story from the game, focusing on the team effort required of the shorthanded Huskies to beat a superior opponent.
--- Utah was done in by mental errors and a lack of urgency. Said coach Larry Krystkowiak: "I'm still a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. This is pretty damn humbling. If it doesn't have everybody's attention Monday, then shame on us. Because we're not as good as we think we are, and we've got a heck of a lot of work. We've got a lot of guys who looked like they were scared. But we'll get that solved Monday."
--- UW signee Dejounte Murray and Rainier Beach came up short of a fourth consecutive 3A state championship last night, losing to Garfield 66-51 at the Tacoma Dome.
--- Another UW signee, Matisse Thybulle, ended his Eastside Catholic career with a highlight-reel dunk. Eastside Catholic won its consolation game to finish third.
--- Chris Petersen did a 1-on-1 interview with Sports Illustrated the other day. His strategy for navigating 520 bridge closures is a little different than mine.
--- Brandon Roy spoke the other night with Dick Fain and Donald Watts on Sports Radio KJR 950 AM.
Three other Pac-12 games last night ...
Washington State 96, Colorado 91 (OT) -- The Cougars gave their seniors a victory in their final home game, and finish the Pac-12 season with a 7-11 record.
Arizona State 74, California 70 -- ASU closed the season strong to finish with the No. 5 seed heading into the Pac-12 tournament.
Arizona 91, Stanford 69 -- Arizona rolled in its regular season finale.
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