Arizona will attempt to win its seventh Pac-12 tournament title, including back-to-back championships, by potentially having to face rivals ASU and UCLA before reaching the final next Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The Wildcats, who won the conference’s regular season title with a 14-4 record, earn a bye to the quarterfinal round, where they will face the winner of the first round game between No. 9 ASU (8-10) and No. 8 Colorado (8-10). Arizona split with the Buffaloes this season while the Wildcats swept the Sun Devils.
If Arizona faces Colorado, it would mark the sixth time out of seven years the programs would meet in the Pac-12 tournament. Arizona holds a 4-1 edge in such games although the Buffaloes beat the Wildcats in the 2012 title game.
If Sean Miller’s team advances to the semifinal round by beating ASU or Colorado, the Wildcats will play either No. 4 UCLA (11-7) or possibly No. 5 Stanford (11-7). The Cardinal face archrival Cal, the No. 12 seed, in the opening round.
The Bruins beat Arizona in Tucson and the Wildcats swept Stanford in the regular season. The Cardinal has lost 17 straight games to Arizona. Miller has never lost to Stanford.
The other side of the bracket features No. 2 USC (12-6), No. 3 Utah (11-7), No. 6 Oregon (10-8), No. 7 Washington (10-8), No. 10 Oregon State and No. 11 Washington State.