The Pac-12 Tournament 2016 bracket schedule has been officially revealed and features one of the deeper conferences in the country as the March postseason gets underway. Current NCAA projections have as many as seven of the teams from the conference making it into the Big Dance, and another unlikely team will punch their own ticket to the bigger tournament by winning this championship first. Amongst the top seeds competing for the title will be Oregon, Utah, California and Arizona, with several other teams capable of grabbing the championship. The conference tournament schedule gets underway Wednesday and wraps up Saturday with live TV and streaming coverage through Pac-12 and Fox Sports.
On March 7, the Pac-12.com website reported that this year’s tournament is already sold out as it will take place at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada for its fourth year. There will be a total of 11 games taking place over the course of four days to determine this year’s champion. The current reigning champs are the Arizona Wildcats, who will enter as a No. 4 seed. California will have the No. 3 seed, while Utah will be the No. 2 seed. The top overall seed will be the 25-6 Oregon Ducks who are ranked No. 8 overall on the AP Top 25, and No. 9 on the USA Today Coaches Poll. Other Pac-12 teams in the Top 25 include Utah at No. 12, Arizona at No. 15 and Cal at No. 24 just ahead of the conference tournaments.
The schedule will tip off at Noon Pacific Time or 3 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday as No. 9 seed Stanford takes on No. 8 seed Washington. At 2:30 p.m. PT (5:30 p.m. ET) it’s No. 12 seed Washington State against No. 5 seed Colorado. No. 10 seed UCLA battles No. 7 seed USC starting at 6 p.m. PT (9 p.m. ET), while No. 11 seed Arizona State will play No. 6 seed Oregon State starting at 8:30 p.m. PT (11:30 p.m. ET). For the most part these games will be shown live on the Pac-12 Network via television or for anyone with the ability to log into the Pac-12 website for live feeds.
On Thursday, the top four seeds will be in action as the quarterfinals takes place. No. 1 Oregon gets either Stanford or Washington at 12 p.m. PT (3 p.m. ET), while No. 4 Arizona takes on either Washington State or Colorado at 2:30 p.m. PT (5:30 p.m. ET). At 6 p.m. PT (9 p.m. ET) it’s No. 2 Utah against either UCLA or USC. Wrapping up the day’s action will be an 8:30 p.m. PT (11:30 p.m. ET) game featuring No. 3 California versus either Arizona State or Oregon State. All of these games will be shown live on Pac-12 Network, with the exception of the Cal game which will be televised live on Fox Sports 1. Live streaming of the game is available through Fox Sports Go apps or website.
Friday brings two semifinals games with the first beginning at 6 p.m. PT (9 p.m. ET) on Pac-12 Network and the second taking place at 8:30 p.m. PT (11:30 p.m. ET) on Fox Sports 1 or Fox Sports Go. On Saturday, the championship will be determined as the two semifinals winners will meet at 7 p.m. PT (10 p.m. ET) on Fox Sports 1 or Fox Sports Go. Due to the depth of this conference and the fact that more than half of the teams are considered likely to make the NCAA Tournament, it’s really a wide open field. As of right now, Joe Lunardi’s Bracketology has Oregon as a No. 2 seed in the West of the brackets, with Utah a No. 3 in the South. Arizona is a No. 5 and California is projected as a No. 6 in the Midwest. USC is a No. 10 seed in the East with Oregon State a No. 11 among the “Last Four In” teams.