While Connecticut rolls along with a 104-game winning streak and reigns as the No. 1 team in
And the conference is basking in the positive publicity surrounding
So get ready for lots of suspense and unpredictability when the Pac-12 tournament begins Thursday at KeyArena in Seattle.
"It's a war every night and it always has been. I think the depth is amazing," Oregon State Coach Scott Rueck said. "I think everybody who makes [a] postseason tournament, no matter what it is, is going to be well-prepared."
UCLA (22-7, 13-5 Pac-12) has momentum after coming up with its first Pac-12 road sweep of the season in beating
The tournament usually comes down to rebounding and execution in the half-court offense, and UCLA has perhaps the best point guard in junior Jordin Canada, an all-conference honoree who's averaging 17.5 points. The No. 4-seeded Bruins will play the winner of Thursday's game between No. 5 Arizona State and No. 12 Utah at 2 p.m. Friday.
The best opener Thursday has No. 8 California facing No. 9 USC at 11:30 a.m. The winner will play No. 1 Oregon State on Friday. The championship game is set for 6 p.m. Sunday on ESPN2.