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Jan 2, 2014; Boulder, CO, USA; A general view of the Pac 12 logo before the start of the game between the Oregon State Beavers and the Colorado Buffaloes at Coors Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Pac-12 Basketball Tournament Schedule And Predictions

Guess what time it is? TOURNAMENT TIME! The Pac-12 season is over and the seedings are set. Here is the schedule for the next week’s tournament taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada.

First Round, Wednesday, March 12, All Times PT

12:00 p.m., 9 Washington Vs. 8 Utah

2:30 p.m., 12 USC Vs. 5 Colorado

6:00 p.m., 10 Oregon State Vs. 7 Oregon

8:30 p.m., 11 Washington State Vs. 6 Stanford

Second Round, Thursday, March 13

12:00 p.m., 1 Arizona Vs. UW/Utah winner

2:30 p.m., 4 Cal Vs. USC/Colorado winner

6:00 p.m., 2 UCLA Vs. OSU/Oregon winner

8:30 p.m., 3 Arizona State Vs. WSU/Stanford winner

Semifinal Round, Friday, March 14

Game1, 6:00 p.m.

Game 2, 8:30 p.m.

Final, Saturday, March 15

Pac-12 Championship Game, 3:00 p.m.

 

So there is your schedule, but who is going to go all the way? Let us dive right into those predictions now.

First Round:

Utah defeats Washington

Colorado defeats USC

Oregon defeats Oregon State

Stanford defeats Washington State

Second Round:

Utah vs Arizona

Utah has definitely improved this season, but they will have to go through the top team in the conference to have a shot at the Pac-12 Tournament Championship and at this point, that does not seem likely.

Utah 57 Arizona 76

Colorado vs Cal

Colorado has been hanging on for dear life since losing Spencer Dinwiddie and has some noble efforts this season in doing so. Luckily they get Cal in the second round who has been more inconsistent than the Buffaloes. We call Colorado in this one.

Colorado 66 Cal 59

Oregon vs UCLA

UCLA lost to Oregon last week with starters Jordan Adams and Kyle Anderson suspended for the game. Oregon may be on a 7-game win streak, but they looked horrible in 2OT win against the Bruins. Do not expect the same thing as the UCLA starters will be ready for their first post-season game looking for revenge.

Oregon 62 UCLA 74

Stanford vs Arizona State

These two teams split the season series and in the end, ASU had what it takes to get that top 4 seeding. This could be the most interesting game of the 2nd round as both ended their conference with a 10-8 record, but ASU has the distinct win against Arizona on their resume. Still, this is a whole new ball game.

Stanford 72 ASU 66

Semifinals:

Colorado vs Arizona

If Colorado was 100%, this would be the game of the weekend. These two teams have started a bit of a rivalry in the early stages of the Pac-12, but right now, Arizona is the team to beat. Without Dinwiddie, Colorado does not have the best chance to defeat Arizona.

Colorado 63 Arizona 77

Stanford vs UCLA

This prediction might need to be made with a coin-flip. These two teams split their games this year and looked to dominate the other in their respective wins. UCLA has not won the second game of a two-game road trip all year, which is a bit concerning, seeing as all UCLA will do in the NCAAs is play two-games away from home. Still…

Stanford 54 UCLA 67

Championship Game:

UCLA vs Arizona

This is the game everyone wants to see, especially since the Pac-12 schedule only allowed these two teams to play once this season. That game was a fight to the finish at Pauley Pavilion with Arizona winning by only four points. This is UCLA’s time to show that they can run with big-time programs, the question is, “can they?” This Arizona program is indeed one of the best in the nation and they will prove it by the end of this tournament.

UCLA 65 Arizona 81

Your 2014 Pac-12 Tournament Champion: Arizona Wildcats

Mike W.R.

Twitter: @TheBigDisco

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