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Pac-12 men's basketball tournament capsules

FROM LAS VEGAS -- In order of tournament seeding, here's a look at each Pac-12 team heading into tomorrow's tournament.

ARIZONA (28-3, 15-3)

Coach: Sean Miller

Key players: G Nick Johnson (16.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg); F Aaron Gordon (12.3 ppg, 7.8 rpg)

Scouting the Wildcats: Far and away the tournament favorite, but lack of outside shooting and mediocre free-throw shooting might hurt them. If UW beats Utah, Arizona will play the Huskies on Thursday.

UCLA (23-8, 12-6)

Coach: Steve Alford

Key players: G Jordan Adams (17.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg), G/F Kyle Anderson (14.9 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 6.6 apg)

Scouting the Bruins: They’re coming off an 18-point loss at WashingtonState, which is pretty much the opposite of momentum. But the Bruins are still talented enough to beat anyone, with 6-foot-9 Anderson creating matchup problems all over the floor.

ARIZONA STATE (21-10, 10-8)

Coach: Herb Sendek

Key players: G Jahii Carson (18.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg 4.5 apg), C Jordan Bachynski (11.2 ppg 8.4 rpg, 4.2 bpg), G Jermaine Marshall (15.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg)

Scouting the Sun Devils: Carson is capable of taking over a game by himself, but Sun Devils are especially dangerous when Marshall is making shots. Bachynski’s elite shot-blocking ability is something few other teams have.

CALIFORNIA (19-12, 10-8)

Coach: Mike Montgomery

Key players: G Justin Cobbs (15.6 ppg, 5.8 apg), F Richard Solomon (11.2 ppg 10.0 rpg), F David Kravish (11.3 ppg, 7.7 rpg)

Scouting the Golden Bears: Cal has a chance to makeup for a rocky last half of the Pac-12 season. They’ll likely be matched first with Colorado, which the Golden Bears narrowly defeated in overtime on the last day of the season.

COLORADO (21-10, 10-8)

Coach: Tad Boyle

Key players: G Askia Booker (13.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg), F Josh Scott (14.5 ppg, 8.8 rpg)

Scouting the Buffaloes: Colorado is not as complete of a team without injured guard Spencer Dinwiddie, but the Buffaloes have still managed to position themselves for a shot at an NCAA tournament bid. Scott has developed into a force down low.

STANFORD (19-11, 10-8)

Coach: Johnny Dawkins

Key players: G Chasson Randle (18.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg), F Dwight Powell (14.1 ppg, 7.2 rpg), F Josh Huestis (11.5 ppg, 8.7 rpg)

Scouting the Cardinal: Talented enough to beat anyone – see Randle and Powell both first-team all-conference – yet inconsistent enough not to trust. Dawkins is likely coaching for his job this week.

OREGON (22-8, 10-8)

Coach: Dana Altman

Key players: G Joseph Young (18.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg), F Mike Moser (13.7 ppg, 8.2 rpg)

Scouting the Ducks: The hottest team in the conference right now, and one of the hottest in the country. If Young and guards Jonathan Loyd and Jason Calliste continue shooting 3-pointers as well as they have during this 7-game winning streak, the Ducks will ave as good of a chance as anyone to win the whole thing.

UTAH (20-10, 9-9)

Coach: Larry Krystkowiak

Key players: G Delon Wright (16.1 ppg, 6.9 rpg), F Jordan Loveridge (15.1 ppg, 7.2 rpg)

Scouting the Utes: A scary matchup for anyone, with Wright leading the way both offensively and defensively. If they get past UW, look for an interesting game against Arizona.

WASHINGTON (17-14, 9-9)

Coach: Lorenzo Romar

Key players: G C.J. Wilcox (18.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg), G Nigel Williams-Goss (13.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 4.4 apg)

Scouting the Huskies: Which team shows up? The one that won at ArizonaState in January and beat Colorado and Oregon at home? Or the team that lost at WSU?

OREGON STATE (16-14, 8-10)

Coach: Craig Robinson

Key players: G Roberto Nelson (20.6 ppg, 3.7 apg), F Angus Brandt (12.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg), F Devon Collier (13.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg)

Scouting the Beavers: With a scorer like Nelson and a sixth-man like Devon Collier, the Beavers aren’t to be trifled with. Consistency will be their key to surviving first-round matchup vs. Oregon.

WASHINGTON STATE (10-20, 3-15)

Coach: Ken Bone

Key players: G DaVonte Lacy (19.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg), D.J. Shelton (9.9 ppg, 9.5 rpg)

Scouting the Cougars: Win over UCLA should give the Cougars some hope, especially since first-round opponent Stanford is far from invincible. Still, without a big game from Lacy, hard to see WSU lasting past Wednesday.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (11-20, 2-16)

Coach: Andy Enfield

Key players: G Byron Wesley (17.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg), G Pe’Shon Howard (10.9 ppg, 3.9 apg)

Scouting the Trojans: They have enough size to give some teams problems and if they make shots, you never know. But this is the worst team in the field and should be out on Day 1.

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