Pac-12 Tournament: Arizona State among teams looking to defy Vegas odds

2013-03-12T22:00:00Z Pac-12 Tournament: Arizona State among teams looking to defy Vegas oddsBy Patrick Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 12, 2013 10:00 pm  • 

LAS VEGAS — Thousands of pilgrims come here each day, searching for a life-changing run of luck.

Wednesday, about 100, grouped into seven squads, wearing the same colors, will seek the same.

All but one of the eight teams that will play the first day of the Pac-12 Tournament know the only way to reach the Big Dance is to rattle off four consecutive wins at the league’s new home, the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

But for Colorado, all lack a resume to entice the NCAA tournament selection committee Sunday, and need the automatic bid that comes with winning the conference tournament.

“I think that we’ve got to, somehow, get some wind in our sails,” Arizona State forward Jonathan Gilling said Saturday. “I don’t know how we’re going to do it, but we’ve got some great leadership right now.”

The Sun Devils’ 20-11 record this season belies their RPI of 91, a figure more suited for the NIT than the Big Dance.

Coach Herb Sendek agreed Saturday, saying that “in all likelihood” ASU, losers of its last three and the No. 9 seed, would need to run the table this week to earn a NCAA tournament bid.

He pledged “every drop of sweat that we have” would be put toward today’s game against No. 8 Stanford.

Read more about the Pac-12 Tournament in Wednesday's Arizona Daily Star.

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Arizona 0 0 0 0.000 11 0 0 1.000
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 9 0 0 1.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 9 1 0 0.900
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 8 3 0 0.727
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 7 3 0 0.700
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 7 2 0 0.778
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 7 2 0 0.778
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 6 4 0 0.600
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 6 2 0 0.750
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 6 3 0 0.667
USC 0 0 0 0.000 6 4 0 0.600
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 4 6 0 0.400

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
DePaul at
Oregon State
12/18
Eastern Washington at
California
12/19 8:00 pm
Arizona at
UTEP
12/19 9:00 pm
Delaware State at
Oregon
12/20 1:00 pm
Lehigh at
Arizona State
12/20 7:00 pm
Oklahoma at
Washington
12/20 7:00 pm
DePaul at
Colorado
12/22 2:30 pm
UC-Santa Barbara at
Oregon
12/22 7:00 pm
Tulane at
Washington
12/22 9:00 pm
Detroit at
Arizona State
12/23 1:00 pm
Stanford at
Texas
12/23 5:00 pm
South Dakota State at
Utah
12/23 7:00 pm
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