March 4, 2012
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Washington State University men's basketball (15-15, 7-11) has earned the eighth seed and will face Oregon State (17-13, 7-11) in the first round of the 2012 Pacific Life Pac-12 Tournament, the league announced, along with the rest of the matchups, Sunday.
The Cougars and Beavers will face-off for the third time this season, Wednesday, March 7 at 12:10 p.m. at Staples Center in Los Angles in the first game of the tournament. The two teams tied for eighth in the final team standings, but WSU was awarded the better seed after sweeping OSU during the regular season.
Washington State got its first Pac-12 win over Oregon State, defeating the Beavers 81-76, Saturday, Dec. 31 at Spokane Arena in a `home' game in Spokane. Freshman DaVonté Lacy had a career second-best 18 points in the game, while Brock Motum finished with 26 points and eight rebounds and Reggie Moore dished out nine assists. In the second meeting Thursday, Feb. 9, Moore recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 assists as five Cougars scored in double figures in the 83-73 victory.
The winner of the game between the Cougars and Beavers will face No. 1 seeded Washington (21-9, 14-4), Thursday, March 9 at 12:10 p.m. The rest of WSU's side of the bracket includes No. 5 UCLA taking on No. 12 USC Wednesday and that winner facing No. 4 Arizona Thursday.
With the additions of Colorado and Utah, the tournament has expanded from nine games to 11 games this year. First and second-round games are set for 12:10 p.m., 2:40 p.m., 6:10 p.m. and 8:40 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7 and Thursday, March. 8.
Semifinal action Friday, March 9 includes both the Pac-12 men and women as the women hit the court at 12:10 p.m. and 2:40 p.m., followed by the men at 6:10 p.m. and 8:40 p.m.
The Pac-12 Championship doubleheader, Saturday, March 10, concludes the tournament with the women tipping at 11:30 a.m., followed by the men at 3:10 p.m.
Tickets for the four-day event are still available for purchase by visiting www.pac-12.org/hoopstix.
2012 PACIFIC LIFE PAC-12 MEN'S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE |
Wednesday-Saturday, March 7-10
STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, Calif.
Wed., Mar. 7
Thurs., Mar. 8
Fri., Mar. 9
Sat., Mar. 10