Washington State opens the Pac-12 basketball tournament Wednesday with Cal, and the Huskies and Stanford close out the first day

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Eight of the 12 seeds were set for next week’s Pac-12 basketball tournament in Saturday’s games, and Washington and Washington State draw the Bay Area schools in their openers.
The Cougars, ninth-seeded, open the tournament in Las Vegas against No. 8 Cal Wednesday at 12:10 p.m., and the day ends with No. 11 Washington squaring off against Stanford at approximately 8:40 p.m.
WSU faces the daunting task of a possible game with No. 1 Arizona if it can get past Cal. But first things first; the Cougars haven’t won a game in the tournament since 2009, dating back to the final days of the Tony Bennett regime.
In Stanford, Washington will be facing a team that stumbled badly down the stretch and needs to assemble a run to have any chance of making the NCAA tournament. The winner of that game gets to play Utah, and if that’s Washington, it wouldn’t be a happy bunch of Utes, who were a big favorite but upset by the UW Saturday in Seattle.
Wed., Mar. 11
Game 1 – No. 8 CALIFORNIA vs. No. 9 WASHINGTON STATE, 12:10 p.m. PT, P12N
Game 2 – No. 5 ARIZONA STATE vs. No. 12 USC, approx. 2:40 p.m. PT, P12N
Game 3 – No. 7 OREGON STATE vs. No. 10 COLORADO, 6:10 p.m. PT, P12N
Game 4 – No. 6 STANFORD vs. No. 11 WASHINGTON, approx. 8:40 p.m. PT, P12N
 
Thurs., Mar. 12
Game 5 – No. 8/9 vs. No. 1 ARIZONA, 12:10 p.m. PT, P12N
Game 6 – No. 5/12 vs. No. 4 UCLA, approx. 2:40 p.m. PT, P12N
Game 7 – No. 7/10 vs. No. 2 OREGON, 6:10 p.m. PT, P12N
Game 8 – No. 6/11 vs. No. 3 UTAH, approx. 8:40 p.m. PT, ESPN