Our Pac-12 tournament team capsules are below, along with the tournament schedule.
PAC-12 MEN’S TOURNAMENT
At MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas
WEDNESDAY’S GAMES (with Pac-12 seeds)
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No. 8 CALIFORNIA vs. No. 9 WASHINGTON STATE, 12:10 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)
No. 5 ARIZONA STATE vs. No. 12 USC, 2:40 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)
No. 7 OREGON STATE vs. No. 10 COLORADO, 6:10 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)
No. 6 STANFORD vs. No. 11 WASHINGTON, 8:40 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)
No. 1 ARIZONA vs. California-WSU winner, 12:10 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)
No. 4 UCLA vs. ASU-USC winner, 2:40 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)
No. 2 OREGON vs. OSU-Colorado winner, 6:10 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)
No. 3 UTAH vs. Stanford-UW winner, 8:40 p.m. (ESPN)
Semifinals – 6:10 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks) and 8:45 p.m. (ESPN)
Championship – 8:05 p.m. (ESPN)
Team capsules (in order of tournament seed)
1. ARIZONA (28-3, 16-2)
Coach: Sean Miller
Key players: G T.J. McConnell (9.6 ppg, 6.3 apg), F Stanley Johnson (13.9 ppg, 6.6 rpg), Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (11.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg)
Scouting the Wildcats: Wildcats are the tournament favorite after running away with the league title by three whole games. Arizona has size, athleticism, quality defenders and enough shooting to beat anyone in the league by double-digits on a neutral floor.
2. OREGON (23-8, 13-5)
Coach: Dana Altman
Key players: G Joseph Young (19.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg 3.7 apg), F Elgin Cook (13.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg)
Scouting the Ducks: Oregon once again closed the regular season strong, winning nine of its last 10 games – including a win over Utah to claim the second-place tiebreaker – and should be considered one of the league’s most dangerous teams. Pac-12 Player of the Year, Joseph Young, leads the charge.
3. UTAH (23-7, 13-5)
Coach: Larry Krystkowiak
Key players: G Delon Wright (14.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 5.3 apg), G Brandon Taylor (10.4 ppg, 3.4 apg), F Jordan Loveridge (10.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg)
Scouting the Utes: The Utes have faded a little in the final weeks, losing at home to Arizona, slogging through an unimpressive win at WSU and then losing in shocking fashion at UW. But Utah still has talent, and might be particularly salty after uncharacteristic recent play.
4. UCLA (19-12, 11-7)
Coach: Steve Alford
Key players: G Norman Powell (16.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg), F Kevon Looney (12.3 ppg, 9.3 rpg), G Bryce Alford (15.5 ppg, 5.1 apg)
Scouting the Bruins: After a five-game losing streak, UCLA finished the season 11-5, and could use another win or two to shore up its NCAA tournament resume. Likely to face ASU in the second round after a bye.
5. ARIZONA STATE (17-14, 9-9)
Coach: Herb Sendek
Key players: G Shaquielle McKissic (11.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg), F Savon Goodman (11.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg), G Gerry Blakes (11.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg)
Scouting the Sun Devils: Won five of last seven to grab the No. 5 seed, and a first-round matchup against a USC team the Sun Devils beat by five points on Feb. 22. Former Kentridge star Shaq McKissic is averaging 20.7 points over ASU’s last three games.
6. STANFORD (18-12, 9-9)
Coach: Johnny Dawkins
Key players: G Chasson Randle (19.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.1 apg), F Anthony Brown (15.1 ppg, 7.1 rpg), F Stefan Nastic (13.7 ppg, 6.5 rpg)
Scouting the Cardinal: If high-scoring trio of Randle, Brown and Nastic stay out of foul trouble and shoot well, Stanford can beat anybody. But they’ve lost seven of their last 10 and could use a pick-me-up off the bench.
7. OREGON STATE (17-13, 8-10)
Coach: Wayne Tinkle
Key players: G Gary Payton II (13.3 ppg, 7.5 rpg), G Malcolm Duvivier (10.5 ppg, 3.5 apg)
Scouting the Beavers: Faltered down the stretch – losing six of last seven games – after an encouraging start. But OSU is capable of playing stingy enough defense to make it interesting against any team in the conference. It’s how the Beavers beat Arizona on Jan. 11.
8. CALIFORNIA (17-14, 7-11)
Coach: Cuonzo Martin
Key players: G Tyrone Wallace (17.2 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 3.8 apg), Jordan Mathews (13.7 ppg, 3.2 apg)
Scouting the Golden Bears: Probably the least predictable team in the field. Cal lost six in a row, then won five in a row, then lost five of six to end the season. Bears split with first-round opponent WSU. Wallace and Mathews could both go off against a soft Cougars defense, but Cal’s field-goal percentage defense wasn’t great in conference play, either.
9. WASHINGTON STATE (13-17, 7-11)
Coach: Ernie Kent
Key players: G DaVonte Lacy (17.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg ), F Josh Hawkinson (14.7 ppg, 10.8 rpg)
Scouting the Cougars: Plenty capable of beating Cal in the first round, but even if they do, the Cougars don’t have enough firepower – or defensive acumen – to keep up with Arizona in the second round. Probably looking at a two-day stay, at most.
10. COLORADO (14-16, 7-11)
Coach: Tad Boyle
Key players: G Askia Booker (17.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg), F Josh Scott (13.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg), Xavier Johnson (10.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg)
Scouting the Buffaloes: It’s been a rough, injury-plagued year for the Buffaloes, but they surely feel they’re better than they were in a 14-point loss to OSU on Feb. 21. Look for a more competitive game this time around, even if the Beavers are still the better team.
11. WASHINGTON (16-14, 5-13)
Coach: Lorenzo Romar
Key players: G Nigel Williams-Goss (15.6 ppg, 5.9 apg, 4.7 rpg), G Andrew Andrews (14.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg)
Scouting the Huskies: They’re underdogs, but after the Huskies shocked Utah in their regular-season finale, their first-round matchup against Stanford looks a little less daunting. But if UW is playing again without Shawn Kemp Jr. (calf strain), that’ll still be a tough hill to climb.
12. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (11-19, 3-15)
Coach: Andy Enfield
Key players: F Nikola Jovanovic (12.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg), G Katin Reinhardt (12.4 ppg, 2.5 rpg)
Scouting the Trojans: This terrible season is just about over for the Trojans, but they’re slotted into a relatively favorable first-round against a decidedly mediocre ASU team. Doesn’t seem like too bad of a matchup for the league’s last-place team.