Basketball: Handicapping the Pac-12 tourney

How wide open is the Pac-12 tournament, which runs Wednesday through Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas?

“I don’t have any qualms saying nine teams are capable of winning the thing,” Cal coach Mike Montgomery said. “You try to say somebody is clearly better than someone else — you could not say that.”

No argument from Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins. “Looking at how the season ended, based on the some of the upsets I’ve witnessed,” Dawkins said, “I think anybody has an opportunity.”

Exhibit A: Seven of 10 games last weekend were won by the lower team in the standings, including victories by Utah over Oregon and Oregon State over Colorado, and a sweep of the L.A. schools by Washington State.

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Allen Crabbe was named Pac-12 Player of the Year this week.
(Susan Tripp Pollard/Staff)


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