2022 Pac-12 Tournament Central: Previews, game recaps, and more
The 2022 Pac-12 men’s basketball tournament is finally here. Postseason basketball is upon us.
From seeds 1 through 12 and Wednesday through Championship Saturday, we’ll have coverage all throughout the tournament. Arizona is trying to win both the regular-season and postseason titles in its return to the conference tournament (the Wildcats sat out the 2020-21 tournament to serve a self-imposed postseason ban). UCLA, USC, and Colorado will look to use a first-round bye to power a championship run. Teams like Oregon and Washington will hope to get hot and build some momentum.
This is the place to keep up-to-date on everything that has happened in the tournament so far. It’ll be updated daily with game recaps and stories from Vegas.
- Bracket info, dates, times, and TV info for every game of the tournament
- Breaking down the first-round matchups, players to watch, and keys to the game
- Tournament Roundtable: picking favorites, picking darkhorses, picking stars to go off, and settling on Coach of the Year
- Picks for every game of the tournament
First-Round Game Recaps:
- No. 9 Stanford def. No. 8 Arizona State, 71-70: Spencer Jones scored 26 points, James Keefe had 16 and 10 boards, and No. 9 Stanford somehow, someway pulled out an epic comeback win over No. 8 Arizona State Wednesday in the opening round of the 2022 Pac-12 Tournament. Read more.
- No. 5 Oregon def. No. 12 Oregon State, 86-72: Jacob Young dished a career-high 11 assists and poured in 23 points of his own as the fifth-seeded Ducks dispatched in-state rival and No. 12 seed Oregon State 86-72 Wednesday afternoon. With the win, Oregon made it nine straight tournament appearances with at least one victory. Read more.
- No. 7 Washington State def. No. 10 Cal, 66-59: Washington State sank 20 of its 23 foul shots, hit timely triples, got an excellent performance from Efe Abogidi, and downed Cal 66-59 to advance to the quarterfinal round of the 2022 Pac-12 Tournament. Read more.
- No. 6 Washington def. No. 11 Utah, 82-70: Terrell Brown Jr. scored 22 points, Jamal Bey scored 19, and Washington forced 16 Utah turnovers to down the Utes 82-70 and advance to the quarterfinals. Read more.
Quarterfinal Game Recaps:
- No. 1 Arizona def. No. 9 Stanford, 84-80: If you come at the crown, you best not miss. Against the top-seeded Arizona Wildcats, and after hitting big shot after big shot all game, Stanford missed a bunny in the final minute. Then Christian Koloko and Arizona put the game away. Koloko scored a career-high 24 points, Benn Mathurin put in 20 of his own, and Arizona is moving on after an 84-80 win over Stanford. Read more.
- No. 4 Colorado def. No. 5 Oregon, 80-69: Evan Battey put in a 19-point, 12-rebound double-double, Jabari Walker put in an 18-point, 16-rebound double-double, and Colorado strong-armed Oregon for most of the game Thursday to take an 80-69 win and advance to the semifinals of the 2022 Pac-12 Tournament. Read more.
- No. 2 UCLA def. No. 7 Washington State, 75-65: A late first-half run fueled by Jules Bernard gave the Bruins a 40-28 halftime advantage. They didn’t look back, cruising to an easy 75-65 win to advance to Friday’s semifinals. Read more.
- No. 3 USC def. No. 6 Washington, 65-61: The third-seeded Trojans overcame 23 turnovers—17 of them in the second half—to beat the sixth-seeded Washington Huskies 65-61 and advance to the semis of the Pac-12 Tournament. Read more.
Semifinal Game Recaps:
- No. 1 Arizona def. No. 4 Colorado, 82-72: The offense missed point guard Kerr Kriisa (out with an ankle injury), but the Wildcats simply had too many athletes to throw at the Buffaloes, holding on for the 82-72 victory. Read more.
- No. 2 UCLA def. No. 3 USC, 69-59: In the rubber match, the Bruins out-muscled USC. The defense made life rough for everyone, though Boogie Ellis went off, and the offense played efficient basketball. UCLA is headed back to the Pac-12 title game. Read more.
- Friday notebook: Tommy Lloyd gets emotional praising his staff, Johnny Juzang’s mental state
- Thursday notebook: Jaime Jaquez Jr. dominates, Kerr Kriisa’s ankle, USC’s defensive turnaround
- Ducks head coach Dana Altman says Oregon team “didn’t meet … standard” this season after quarterfinal loss to Colorado
- USC signs head coach Andy Enfield to contract extension
- Pac-12 announces award winners, all-conference teams
- Our picks for the All-Pac-12 teams