Pacific-12 Conference Tournament Predictions

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The Pacific-12 Conference Tournament is underway with four games on slate today. The biggest games include the No. 6 Oregon St. Beavers against the No. 11 Arizona St. Sun Devils and No. 5 Colorado Buffaloes face the No. 12 Washington St. Cougars. I’d consider both teams on the bubble and the Beavers probably a win away from being an At-large. The Buffaloes won’t gain anything from beating the Cougars, but a win in their next game against the Arizona Wildcats, would certainly have them in the conversation. The Washington Huskies have already beaten the Stanford Cardinals, so I’ll adjust the schedule accordingly. So, with that, the Pacific-12 Conference Tournament schedule are as follows…

Opening Round: March 9 (Pac-12 Networks)
Game 1: No. 9 Stanford Cardinal 68, No. 8 Washington Huskies 91
Game 2: No. 12 Washington State Cougars vs. No. 5 Colorado Buffaloes
Game 3: No. 10 UCLA Bruins vs. No. 7 USC Trojans
Game 4: No. 11 Arizona State Sun Devils vs. No. 6 Oregon State Beavers

Quarterfinals: March 10 (Pac-12 Networks, FS1)
Game 5: No. 8 Washington Huskies vs. No. 1 Oregon Ducks
Game 6: Winner Game 2 vs. No. 4 Arizona Wildcats
Game 7: Winner Game 3 vs. No. 2 Utah Utes
Game 8: Winner Game 4 vs. No. 3 California Golden Bears

Semifinals: March 11 (Pac-12 Networks, FS1)
Game 9: Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6
Game 10: Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8

Championship: March 12 (FS1)
Game 11: Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 10

Prediction: This is a tough call, but I’m going to side with the Arizona Wildcats. They have a a top ranked offense, one in which that ranks among the best in three point and two point percentage. They also have a great defense, as they are one of the best teams in limiting offensive rebounds and their opponents field goal percentage usually don’t look to good. The only flaw I’d say, is turnovers. That’s what kills the Wildcats and something that a team like the Oregon Ducks eats up. However, I’m still siding with the Arizona Wildcats to win the Pacific-12 Conference Tournament. 

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