1. Arizona (28-3, 15-3 in conference)
Arizona is on the shortlist of teams that can claim to be the number one team in the nation, and they stormed through the Pac-12 with only an occasional slip up. They boast the best defense in the country and are only beatable when their jump shots aren't falling. They are the prohibitive favorites to win this tournament and will be the conference's best shot at a national title.
2. UCLA (23-8, 12-6 in conference)
UCLA is one of those teams that can look like the best team in the conference one day and then lose in perplexing fashion to Oregon State or Washington State. The Bruins have plenty of wild card potential going into this tournament but could be done in by their erratic swings.
3. Arizona State (21-10, 10-8 in conference)
Arizona State turned their homecourt into one of the best advantages in the country, going 16-1 at Wells Fargo Arena. But they torpedoed on the road, going 2-7 in-conference. Is Vegas close enough to Tempe that the Devils turn it around?
4. Cal (19-12, 10-8 in conference)
After shocking Arizona, the Bears submarined their second half of the season and hang perilously on the bubble. Their 5-0 conference start did help grant them a first-round bye, but they have an uphill road to get to the tournament.
5. Colorado (21-10, 10-8 in conference)
Despite the loss of Spencer Dinwiddie, Tad Boyle coaxed some impressive late season wins against Arizona State, Stanford and Utah. The Buffs are also safely into the tournament thanks to their huge early season win against Kansas and a relatively spotless non-conference resume.
6. Stanford (19-11, 10-8 in conference)
Stanford also has a strong non-conference win against UConn that probably edges them ahead of Cal in terms of Pac-12 bubble teams. But they haven't been exactly peaking coming tournament time, and they could use a win or two to ease their case.
7. Oregon (22-8, 10-8 in conference)
Start the season 13-0. Go 2-8 the next ten games. Finish the season on a seven game winning streak, including three wins over the top three teams in the conference. Don't try and explain this Ducks team to me. They are going dancing and are a sleeper team to do damage in this tournament.
8. Utah (20-10, 9-9 in conference)
As is Utah. The Utes are peaking at the right time and need to win out to get into the Dance. They have some big wins against UCLA and Arizona State but are hurt by an absolutely non-descript conference slate and almost no road wins.
9. Washington (17-14, 9-9 in conference)
Washington just never gained any sort of rhythm this season. They were great at home and awful on the road (2-7 in Pac-12 play). The Huskies are a decent shooting team that gives up way too many points.
10. Oregon State (16-14, 8-10 in conference)
Beat UCLA, Oregon, Arizona State, and Maryland on the road. Get swept by Washington and fall to Coppin State, Hawaii, DePaul and Akron. Craig Robinson never ceases to amaze.
11. Washington State (10-20, 3-15 in conference)
They had a really nice Senior Day against UCLA. Consider this week the Ken Bone farewell tour.
12. USC (11-20, 2-16 in conference)
Pretty horrid mess for most of the non-conference slate despite nice non-conference wins against Xavier and Dayton. Andy Enfield has work to do.
Wednesday, 3/12: All games on Pac-12 Network.
Game 1: Utah vs. Washington, noon PT, 3 p.m. ET
Game 2: Colorado vs. USC, 2:30 pm PT, 5:30 p.m. ET
Game 3: Oregon vs. Oregon State, 6 pm PT, 9 p.m. ET
Game 4: Stanford vs. Washington State, 8:30 pm PT, 11:30 p.m. ET
Game 5: Arizona vs. Game 1 winner, noon PT, 3 p.m. ET, Pac-12 Network
Game 6: California vs. Game 2 winner, 2:30 pm PT, 5:30 p.m. ET, P12N
Game 7: UCLA vs. Game 3 winner, 6 pm PT, 9 p.m. ET, P12N
Game 8: Arizona State vs. Game 4 winner, 11:30, Fox Sports 1
Semifinal No. 1, 9 p.m. ET, P12N
Semifinal No. 2, 11:30 p.m., Fox Sports 1
Championship, 6 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1
Almost all Pac-12 tournament games will be available on the Pac-12 Network.
Pac-12 Network information
- ESPN on DirecTV: 206
- ESPNU on DirecTV: 208
- ESPN2 on DirecTV: 209
- FS1 on DirecTV: 219
- Pac-12 Networks on DISH: 406/413
- ESPN on DISH: 140
- ESPNU on DISH: 141
- ESPN2 on DISH: 144
- Fox Sports 1 on DISH: 150
- Pac-12 Networks on U-Verse: 759-761 (SD), 1759-1761 (HD)
- ESPN on U-Verse: 602 (SD), 1602 (HD)
- ESPN2 on U-Verse: 606 (SD), 1606 (HD)
- ESPNU on U-Verse: 605 (SD), 1605 (HD)
- Fox Sports 1 on U-Verse: 652 (SD), 1652 (HD)
The list of cable and satellite carriers that provide the Pac-12 Networks in some form or another.
- Time Warner Cable
- Cox Communications
- Bright House Networks
- All West - launched 8/13/13
- Bend Broadband
- Cable America
- Canby Telcom
- CC Communications
- CenturyLink Prism - launched 3/6/13
- Crestview Cable Communications
- Frontier Communications
- GCI - launched 7/31/13
- Hawaiian Telecom
- Horizon Cable TV
- MTA Communications
- MTCC - launched 8/27/2013
- Rancho Murieta
- Surewest CA - launched 5/10/13
- TCT West
- Wave Broadband
Here are the details for watching online:
If you subscribe to Bright House, Cox, or Time Warner Cable [or any of the providers just recently added], just visit video.pac-12.com and enter your user ID and password for your television provider or download the Pac-12 Now iPad app at the App Store.
For those with a Comcast subscription to the Pac-12 Network, if you're in-market you will receive the regional TV channel in HD and a national channel in SD only. If you're out-of-market, you will probably get only the national standard definition channel. The good news if you subscribe to the Pac-12 Network, you should have access to the current online feeds for all seven channels.
Here are the Comcast channel links.
Comcast doesn't have TV Everywhere, running things through their servers. Much of the original video programming on the Pac-12 site remains totally inaccessible to customers along with access via your mobile device.