Men's Pac-12 Basketball Tournament: Preview And Schedule, USC No. 12

2014 March Madness Pac-12

It’s been a disappointing season for USC, who finished 11-20 and 2-16 in conference play under first-year head coach Andy Enfield. Despite the sub .500 record, the Trojans are nonetheless bound for the Pac-12 tournament in Las Vegas, which begins on Wednesday.

After moving up to No. 11 in the Pac-12 standings with a come from behind road win over Washington State, the Trojans dropped back down to last in the conference with a season finale loss to Washington.

By finishing last in the Pac-12 means the Trojans draw No. 5 Colorado in the first round, who the Trojans were unable to beat in two attempts during the regular season.

The No. 3 team in the country, Arizona Wildcats, who finished the season with an overall 28-3 record en route to securing the No. 1 seed in the tournament, earns a first-round bye.

Five teams ended with a 10-8 conference record, but it’s UCLA, Arizona State and Cal who round out the top four and will also await their respective opponents in the second round.

The odd man out from the group is Oregon, who drops to No. 7 in the tournament by virtue of losing head-to-head tiebreakers.

The Ducks will find themselves with an intriguing first-round matchup against bitter rival Oregon State, who are the No. 10 seed. The two teams split the season series, with each winning on their homecourt.

Utah and Washington are this year’s No. 8 vs. No. 9 game and they will get the tournament started on Wednesday with a 12:06 p.m. tipoff. The Huskies and Utes also split their season series, with each winning the home game.

Traditional conference power Stanford, No. 6 in the conference, draws No. 11 Washington State in the first round. The Cardinal won both regular season games against the Cougars.

Complete Pac-12 tournament schedule:

Wednesday, March 12:

Game 1: No. 8 Utah vs. No. 9 Washington, 12:06 p.m.

Game 2: No. 5 Colorado vs. No. 12 USC, 2:36 p.m.

Game 3: No. 7 Oregon vs. No. 10 Oregon State, 6:06 p.m. 

Game 4: No. 6 Stanford vs. No. 11 Washington State, 8:36 p.m

Thursday, March 13:

Game 5: Game 1 winner vs. No. 1 Arizona, 12:06 p.m.

Game 6: Game 2 winner vs. No. 4 California, 2:36 p.m.

Game 7: Game 3 winner vs. No. 2 UCLA, 6:06 p.m

Game 8: Game 4 winner vs. No. 3 Arizona State, 8:40 p.m

Friday, March 14

Game 9: Semifinal 1, 6:06 p.m.

Game 10: Semifinal 2, 8:40 p.m.

Saturday, March 15

Game 11: Pac-12 Championship, 3:02 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

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