The 2018 Pac-12 basketball tournament tipped off Wednesday, with four first-round games sprinkled throughout the day at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The Arizona Wildcats enter as defending champions, and they'll be favored to win again after finishing with the best record in the Pac-12 (14-4), two games better than the USC Trojans. Arizona's Pac-12 tournament won't start until Thursday, though, as it awaits the winner of the Arizona State Sun Devils vs. the Colorado Buffaloes.
Last year's Pac-12 tournament runners-up, the Oregon Ducks, are taking the court in the first round against the Washington State Cougars.
Below is a recap of Wednesday's action and a look at the schedule for Thursday's quarterfinals. The full tournament bracket is available at the Pac-12's official website.
No. 8 Colorado beats No. 9 Arizona State, 97-85
No. 5 Stanford beats No. 12 California, 76-58
No. 10 Oregon State beats No. 7 Washington, 69-66 (OT)
No. 6 Oregon beats No. 11 Washington State, 64-62 (OT)
No. 8 Colorado vs. No. 1 Arizona, 3 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network)
No. 5 Stanford vs. No. 4 UCLA, 5:30 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network)
No. 10 Oregon State vs. No. 2 USC, 9 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network)
No. 6 Oregon vs. No. 3 Utah, 11:30 p.m. ET (FS1)
Colorado beats Arizona State, 97-85
Hot shooting propelled Colorado to a comfortable 97-85 win over Arizona State to open the Pac-12 tournament.
The Buffaloes shot 53.2 percent from the field and hit 13 of their 21 attempts from beyond the arc. Colorado was also 18-of-20 at the charity stripe.
McKinley Wright IV had a team-high 20 points and 11 assists to post his fourth double-double of the season. It was a far cry from the last time the freshman guard faced off with the Sun Devils. Wright was 1-of-10 and had two points in Arizona State's 80-66 win on Jan. 27.
Tyler Bey also earned a double-double (14 points, 10 rebounds), while Dominique Collier came off the bench to score 17 points, his second-highest total of the season.
Losing to Colorado could prove costly for Arizona State. ESPN's Jeff Borzello highlighted how the result impacted the Sun Devils' hopes of reaching the NCAA tournament:
ESPN.com's Joe Lunardi listed Arizona State as a No. 11 seed in his most recent edition of "Bracketology."
Slipping to 8-11 in the Pac-12 between the regular season and conference tournament could be a fatal blow for the Sun Devils in the race for an at-large bid.
Stanford beats California, 76-58
California concluded one of the worst seasons in program history with Wednesday's 76-58 defeat to Stanford. The Golden Bears' 24 losses are their worst ever, and their 8-24 overall record gives them their second-worst winning percentage (.250).
Stanford led by as many as 25 points in the second half before Cal scored the final seven points of the game to cut the Cardinal's winning margin to 18 points.
Three of Stanford's starters finished in double figures for scoring. Reid Travis had a team-best 19 points and 13 rebounds. Dorian Pickens also hit four three-pointers en route to a 16-point game.
Stanford and UCLA spilt their two regular-season meetings, so Cardinal head coach Jerod Haase will have some confidence his team can pull off the upset in the quarterfinals.
Oregon State beats Washington, 69-66 (OT)
Just over a month ago, the Washington Huskies were coming off back-to-back ranked wins over Arizona State and Arizona with their sights set on a berth in the NCAA tournament.
On Wednesday, those hopes were effectively dashed as they fell to the Oregon State Beavers, 69-66, in overtime as David Crisp's desperation heave at the final buzzer clanged off the back iron.
Oregon State survived a sloppy first half and picked things up over the final 20 minutes of regulation as Drew Eubanks dropped a game-high 19 points on 7-of-8 shooting from the field and 5-of-6 from the charity stripe.
The Beavers are now headed for a showdown with the USC Trojans—who swept the regular-season series with a seven-point win on Jan. 20 and a 13-point triumph Feb. 17.
Oregon beats Washington State, 64-62 (OT)
The Oregon Ducks have forward Kenny Wooten to thank for their trip to the quarterfinals.
Although Wooten scored just two points off the bench, he blocked a pair of Washington State shots in the final 15 seconds of overtime to help preserve the Ducks' slim margin and propel them to a 64-62 win.
MiKyle McIntosh and Payton Pritchard each scored 18 points for Oregon, and it was Pritchard who came up clutch and drilled a go-ahead runner with 28 seconds to go in the extra session, as the Pac-12 Network documented on Twitter:
The Ducks will be back in action Thursday for a showdown against third-seeded Utah.