The Pac-12 tournament begins Wednesday in Las Vegas, but don’t expect the results of the four-day event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena to create a seismic shift in the NCAA tournament landscape.
The bracket won’t be unveiled until Sunday, but the Pac-12′s fate is all but set, thanks to a season-long body of work that is short of impressive. Barring the unexpected, three Pac-12 teams — Arizona, Oregon and Utah — will receive NCAA invites.
Eight others, including Cal and Stanford, arrive in Vegas knowing that nothing short of winning the league’s automatic bid on Saturday night will get them to the NCAAs. Cal opens the tournament against Washington State at noon, and Stanford closes the first day with an 8:40 p.m. tipoff against Washington.
Only UCLA comes to the Pac-12 tournament on the bubble, with a shot at an at-large bid even if it doesn’t reach the tournament final.
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