It's that time of year again, where men's basketball teams from around the country compete for a chance to be a part of March Madness. For the Pac-12 schools, that means the 2017 Pac-12 men’s basketball tournament is on. This week in Las Vegas at the T-Mobile Arena, all 12 teams from the conference will compete in a single-elimination tourney to see which school gets the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament—as well as to see which others schools will also get an invitation to the postseason. Currently, seven of the 12 teams in the conference have a realistic chance at a postseason tournament bid.
The games in each round are organized into sessions for fans to watch their teams more conveniently. Each session features two games, except for the final session which is comprised of only the championship game. Below is a breakdown of which team is playing its first game in which session and when. Detailed session information is available by clicking on the session number, and detailed team information is available by clicking on the school name(s).
Session 1: Wednesday, March 8, afternoon (12:00 to 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time)—Arizona State vs. Stanford and California vs. Oregon State
Session 2: Wednesday, March 8, evening (6:00 to 11:00 p.m.)—Colorado vs. Washington State and Southern California vs. Washington
Session 3: Thursday, March 9, afternoon (12:00 to 5:00 p.m.)—Oregon vs. ASU/Stanford winner and Utah vs. Cal/OSU winner
Session 4: Thursday, March 9, evening (6:00 to 11:00 p.m.)—Arizona vs. Colorado/WSU winner and UCLA vs. USC/Washington winner
Session 5: Friday, March 10, evening—Teams to be determined based on above game results
Session 6: Saturday, March 11, evening—Teams to be determined based on above game results
AXS.com will have ongoing coverage daily for tournament results and game predictions starting on Wednesday evening, so make sure to check back here regularly for news and analysis.
What other events can I check out?
The Pac-12 Fan Plaza is back, too, after a successful run at the 2016 Pac-12 Championship Game for football at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA. Adjacent to T-Mobile Arena in the Toshiba Plaza, "fans can anticipate an electric atmosphere both inside-and-out across all four action-packed days," according to Pac-12 Chief Marketing Officer Danette Leighton.
There are also some alumni events for the Pac-12 schools during the tournament. Check out information on those fun opportunities by clicking here.
Where should I stay?
There are several places to stay in Las Vegas when you visit for the Pac-12 Tournament. Check out our guide to the best hotels for each fan group then click here to make a reservation that serves your needs best! Also, depending on your hotel and ticket choices, this TV channel guide will help you find the games on TV if you're not attending in person for that particular session.
How do I get tickets?
Tickets for the individual sessions above can purchased by clicking here. Please refer to the session breakdown above for specific teams and their specific games in order to ensure you get the tickets to the games you want to see. Enjoy the excitement of Pac-12 men's basketball in Las Vegas!