The Northwest will be cheering for four different teams this week at the 2012 Pac-12 Basketball Tournament in Los Angeles, although rooting allegiances will be split right from the outset.
The No. 9 Oregon St. Beavers will be taking on the No. 8 Washington St. Cougars in the opening round on Wednesday. The Cougars won easily in both regular-season games between the two teams, so the Beavers will be hoping they can find an answer for WSU. Whoever wins this first-round matchup will take on the Washington Huskies, who are sitting pretty as the No. 1 seed in the tournament.
The other area team, the Oregon Ducks, also receive a first-round bye, as they hold the No. 2 seed. They will play on Thursday against the winner of the game between the No. 6 Colorado Buffaloes and the No. 11 Utah Utes. Given the drubbing that the Utes received the last time they faced Oregon, they may actually be hoping not to advance.
You can find the full TV schedule for the entire tournament below. All times are Pacific.
First Round: Wednesday, March 7
Noon: No. 8 Washington State vs. No. 9 Oregon State (Fox Sports Net)
2:30 p.m.: No. 5 UCLA vs. No. 12 USC (Fox Sports Net)
6 p.m.: No. 7 Stanford vs. No. 10 Arizona State (Fox Sports Net)
8:30 p.m.: No. 6 Colorado vs. No. 11 Utah (Fox Sports Net)
Second Round: Thursday, March 8
12 p.m.: No. 1 Washington vs. Oregon State/Washington State winner (Fox Sports Net)
2:30 p.m.: No. 4 Arizona vs. UCLA/USC winner (Fox Sports Net)
6 p.m.: No. 2 Cal vs. Stanford/Arizona State winner (Fox Sports Net)
8:30 p.m.: No. 3 Oregon vs. Colorado/Utah winner (Fox Sports Net)
Semifinals: Friday, March 9
6 p.m. - Semifinal #1: Winners of early Thursday games (Fox Sports Net)
8:30 p.m. - Semifinal #2: Winners of evening Thursday games (Fox Sports Net)
Championship: Saturday, March 10
3 p.m. - Championship Game (CBS)