The Pac-12 regular-season concludes this week with majority of its tournament positions undecided. No. 5 Stanford secured its 14th-consecutive regular-season title and the No. 1 seed in the tournament set to play out at KeyArena from March 6-9.
The rest? Well, No. 18 Cal should solidify the No. 2 seed this week, facing the Washington schools at home. The Bears did play the Huskies close in Seattle, however, winning by five points. Yet, Cal is currently on a six-game win streak.
No. 20 Arizona State and Oregon State should be the other teams awarded a first-round bye. The desert schools play at the Oregon schools this week. If it goes according to plan, meaning the struggling Oregon loses to ASU on Friday and Arizona drops one to OSU the same night, Arizona State and Oregon State will play each other Sunday for the No. 3 seed –aka the non-Stanford side of the Pac-12 tournament bracket.
Naturally the network can’t switch up games it broadcasts for a multitude of reasons, so the best game of the weekend — ASU vs. OSU — will only be streamed via the web. At least the second-best game, the rematch between UW and Stanford, will air on Thursday at 8pm. The Huskies upset the Cardinal at Alaska Airlines Arena earlier this month.
Arizona is cemented as the No. 12 seed in the tournament, a harsh reality after losing nine of its 15 Pac-12 games by 10 points or fewer.
The other positions could go multiple ways, especially when considering tiebreakers. The drama begins Thursday with Washington State at Cal. On Saturday, WSU will look to break that gaudy 54-game regular-season losing streak to Stanford for the Pac-12 Networks nightcap.
Here’s the television rundown on Pac-12 Networks: