Pac-12 men's tournament: UA will earn 4th or 5th seed

2013-03-09T00:00:00Z 2014-08-01T11:28:04Z Pac-12 men's tournament: UA will earn 4th or 5th seedBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 09, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Although Arizona could finish anywhere from a first-place tie to fourth place when the Pac-12 regular season ends today, the Wildcats' tournament seeding fate is straightforward.

If the Wildcats win, they would be the No. 4 seed and earn the last first-round bye in the Pac-12 tournament. Their first game would be Thursday against the winner of the 5-12 first-round game.

If the Wildcats lose, they would be the No. 5 seed if Colorado beats Oregon State. In that case, UA and Colorado would finish in a tie for fourth place at 11-7 but the Buffs would win the tiebreaker because they have beaten all the teams that could finish in first place while UA has beaten none of them.

If Colorado loses to OSU, UA would be the No. 4 seed regardless of the result of the ASU game.

The only way Arizona could earn a share of the Pac-12 title is if the Wildcats beat the Sun Devils, Utah beats Oregon and Washington beats UCLA. In that case, there would be a four-way tie for first at 12-6, but UA would be the No. 4 seed because it is 0-4 in head-to-head competition within that group (Cal would be first, Oregon second and UCLA third).

Pac-12 tournament tiebreakers are broken first by head-to-head competition among tied teams, then by results against the team at the top of the standings, on down until the tie is broken. If there's a four-team tie, the winner is determined via tiebreaker, then pulled out and the other three teams are evaluated.

Pac-12 tournament

At MGM Grand Garden, Las Vegas

Wednesday

• No. 8 vs. No. 9, 12:06 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)

• No. 5 vs. No. 12, TBA, (Pac-12 Networks)

• No. 7 vs. No. 10, 6:06 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)

• No. 6 vs. No. 11, TBD, (Pac-12 Networks)

Thursday

• No. 8/9 vs. No. 1, 12:06 (Pac-12 Networks)

• No. 5/12 vs. No. 4, TBD (Pac-12 Networks)

• No. 7/10 vs. No. 2, 6:06 p.m (Pac-12 Networks)

• No. 6/11 vs. No. 3, TBD (ESPNU)

Friday

• 1/8/9 winner vs 4/5/12 winner, 6:06 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)

• 2/7/10 winner vs. 3/6/11 winner, TBD (ESPN)

Saturday

• Championship, 8:02 p.m. (ESPN)

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Arizona 6 1 0 0.857 18 2 0 0.900
Utah 5 1 0 0.833 15 3 0 0.833
Oregon State 5 2 0 0.714 13 5 0 0.722
Stanford 4 2 0 0.667 13 5 0 0.722
Oregon 4 3 0 0.571 14 6 0 0.700
Washington 3 3 0 0.500 14 4 0 0.778
UCLA 3 4 0 0.429 11 9 0 0.550
Washington State 3 4 0 0.429 9 10 0 0.474
Colorado 3 4 0 0.429 10 8 0 0.556
Arizona State 2 4 0 0.333 11 9 0 0.550
California 1 6 0 0.143 11 9 0 0.550
USC 1 6 0 0.143 9 10 0 0.474

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
UCLA at
Oregon
1/24 64-82
USC at
Oregon State
1/24 55-59
Washington State at
Colorado
1/24 58-90
Arizona at
California
1/24 73-50
Arizona State at
Stanford
1/24 73-50
Washington at
Utah
1/25 6:30 pm
Oregon State at
Arizona State
1/28 6:00 pm
Oregon at
Arizona
1/28 8:00 pm
Stanford at
Washington
1/28 9:00 pm
Colorado at
USC
1/29 7:30 pm
Utah at
UCLA
1/29 8:00 pm
California at
Washington State
1/29 9:00 pm
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