Basketball: Bears to face USC-Utah winner

Washington State’s 76-51 rout of USC created a four-way tie for sixth through ninth place at 9-9, which boosted Washington to the No. 6 seed.

It also left USC at No. 7, matched against No. 10 Utah in the opening round of the Pac-12 tournament on Wednesday. The winner of that game will face Cal on Thursday at 6 p.m.

Here’s the full bracket:

Pac-12 Tournament
At Las Vegas

Wednesday’s First Round
Stanford (8) vs. Arizona State (9), noon
Colorado (5) vs. Oregon State (12), 2:40 p.m.
USC  (7) vs. Utah (10), 6 p.m.
Washington (6) vs. Washington State (11), 8:40 p.m.

Thursday’s Quarterfinals
UCLA (1) vs. Stanford-Arizona State winner, noon
Arizona (4) vs. Colorado-OSU winner, 2:40 p.m.
California (2) vs. USC-Utah winner, 6 p.m.
Oregon (3) vs. Washington-WSU winner, 8:40 p.m.


Jeff Faraudo

  • Gobears49

    Bad new. I would have preferred to play any other team in the field other than USC. USC is really talented. I think they have as good a chance as any team to win the Pac-12 crown.

  • discdude

    SC might be playing better ball, but that’s absolutely the best of the higher 4 seeds to play. UW, never a good matchup against a true center, and neither is Colorado, generally they’ve crushed Cal. Stanfurd…surely you watched the other day. I’ll take SC over those other 3 any day. No guarantees, but that’s clearly the best matchup. Otoh, Utah has won 2 in a row, so they could actually beat SC.

  • rob bear

    Do not be surprised if Utah beats ‘SC. ‘SC is their own enemy. On paper they should have contended for the league. That’s why they fired their coach and will not take the interim guy. I like Cal’s 2nd round match. GO BEARS!

  • BlueNGold

    Cal’s big advantage will be not having had to play to win the night before. But they will have to come out fired up and ready to play because the opponent will already be there.

  • 1brsfan

    I’ll take it. 5 of our 6 losses came against the other 6 teams in first round and 4-0 against our potential 2nd round matchup. No guarantees but I’d prefer to play teams we’ve beat then those that pose matchup problems.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    The Pac Tourney is not in LA. The U$C conference mojo is no longer in their pockets (though I’d bet a good number of $poiled Children will be abusing Daddy’s credit cards in Vegas this week).

    Personally, I like the 2 seed and the potential match-ups. I think the winner of Cal v. U$C/Utah makes it to the Finals. The only way Cal fails to make the NCAAs would be to lose to Utah, and even then, they’d have a good shot for a play in game.


    On a separate note – I’ve seen that Aaron Gordon has re-opened his final schools, adding Oregon. I’m betting Monty et al already gave up on him. Otherwise, the recent hot streak and other recruits could have gone a long ways toward Gordon considering Cal for his one season NBA warm up. 🙁

  • 1brsfan

    Lunardi’s latest bracket has us at a #9 seed with 2nd round matchup vs. Indiana. Oregon is also a #9 with 2nd round matchup vs. Gonazaga. If we’re going to be a #9 I’d rather have Oregon’s matchup. Would love to make a nice run to the final of the P12 and get up to a 7 seed or lose on Thursday and drop to a 10 seed.

  • ken1w

    I think playing Utah or USC in the first game, with another potential (most likely) matchup against Oregon in the next game is the BEST outcome for Cal. Against those three teams, the Bears are 6-0 this year.