The Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament Presented by New York Life starts today in Las Vegas, Nev. at the T-Mobile Arena. The top four seeds: Oregon, Arizona, UCLA, and Utah, all have a bye today and will learn their first opponents after the results from round one. Seeds five through 12 will hit the court today starting at 1:00 p.m. MST. Here is your guide to the four games today. All four games will be televised on Pac-12 Network.
No. 8 Arizona State vs. No. 9 Stanford 1:00 p.m. MST Line: Stan -3.5
Despite being a higher seed and going 2-0 against the Cardinal this season, the Sun Devils are the underdogs in this game. The winner will face the Pac-12 Tournament’s top seeded Oregon Ducks.
No. 5 Cal vs. No. 12 Oregon State 3:30 p.m. MST Line: Cal -15
Oregon State managed only one conference win this season, at home against Utah. Cal suffered a 30-point drubbing in the Huntsman Center last week, which is why they have to play in the first round and Utah gets a bye. This is the game Utah fans should be tuned into because the winner of this game faces the No. 4 seeded Utah Runnin’ Utes in the next round.
No. 7 Colorado vs. No. 10 Washington State 7:00 p.m. MST Line: Colo -10
Colorado and Washington State split the season series with each team winning at home. Colorado is also riding a two-game winning streak over the Bay Area schools to close out the regular season. The winner of this game has to face No. 2 seed Arizona in the next round.
No. 6 USC vs. No. 11 Washington 9:30 p.m. MST Line USC -11.5
Despite having one of the best basketball players in the country in Markelle Fultz, the Washington Huskies struggled to a disappointing 9-21 regular season. Fultz will not play in the game against USC due to injury. The Trojans are an NCAA Tournament team according to ESPN Bracketologist Joe Lunardi as one of the last four teams in. The winner of this game will face No. 3 seed UCLA in the next round.