Stephen Vilardo’s Pac-12 Men’s Tournament Capsules

Notes and records for all 12 teams and the Tournament as a whole

Posted on March 8, 2022


  By Stephen Vilardo, SuperWest Sports

Throughout the regular season, I brought you statistical notes and previews of each week’s games. Now it’s time to look at the men’s Pac-12 Tournament.

Below you’ll find some individual player notes on the regular season, a list of the Top 4 winningest Pac-12 Tournament coaches, tournament champions & runners-up by seed, with capsules for all 12 teams.

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A few Individual Player Notes on the Regular Season

Terrell Brown Jr. led the Pac-12 in scoring with 21.7 points per game and steals with 2.1 per game.

He is the fifth player in Conference history to accomplish that double, joining:

• James Harden-ASU, 2008-09
• Jason Terry-Arizona, 1998-99
• Terrell Brandon-Oregon, 1990-91
• Gary Payton-OSU, 1989-90

Arizona’s 28 wins have given Tommy Lloyd a tie for the second-most ever in a debut season in Conference history with Steve Alford in 2013-14 and Gene Bartow in 1975-76.

A Pac-12 Tournament title would give him 31 and break John A. Warren’s record from 1944-45.

Pac 12 Tournament Notes

• This is the third time Arizona and UCLA will meet in the final. Arizona is 1-1 with a win in 1990 and UCLA won the second meeting in 2014.

• Last season, five teams that were the lesser seed won games in the Pac-12 Tournament, tied for the most ever in a single Tournament (also 2012 & 2009).

• Washington State is the only team that has never advanced to the championship game.

• Colorado has been knocked out of the tournament by Arizona five times. The Buffs have only lost single games to Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, and Washington State.

• The most-played matchup is Arizona vs UCLA with 10 meetings in the tournament (5-5).

• The six-seed is 3-0 in the championship game, so if Washington gets there you can book it.

• With their victories on Wednesday, Washington and Washington State have both won a Pac-12 tournament game in the same season for the first time since 2009.  They combined to go 5-18  in the Tournament from 2012 to 2021.

•  With its win on Friday, Arizona has knocked out Colorado in the Tournament, tied for the most ever by one team over another (Arizona has also knocked out OSU six times.

• A win for Arizona over Colorado would give them six over the Buffs and equal the most wins for any team over another opponent in the Tournament. (Arizona also has six over OSU, going 6-0 against them)

• In the Pac-12 era, Deandre Ayton is the only player to be named Pac-12 Player of the Year and Most Outstanding Player of the Tournament in the same season, doing so in 2018. That feat has been accomplished five times all-time (1988,89,2003,04 & 18)


Top 5 All-Time Head Coach Win % in Pac-12 Tournament
(min five games coached)

• Lute Olson, 16-6 (.727)
• Dana Altman, 21-8 (.724)
• Sean Miller, 18-7 (.720)
• Tim Floyd, 6-3 (.667)
• Tad Boyle, 15-9 (.625)


Championships/Runner-Ups by Seed

SeedChampRunner-Up
197
257
334
414
520
630
701
800
900
1000
1100
1200

Made it to Finals by Seed

1: 16 of 23 (69.5%)
2: 12 of 23 (52.2%)
3: 7 of 23 (30.4%)
4: 5 of 23 (21.7%)
5: 2 of 23 (8.7%)
6: 3 of 23 (13.0%)
7: 1 of 23 (4.3%)


All-Time Records by Seed

SeedRecordWin %Champ
146-14.7669
235-18.6605
327-20.5743
421-23.4771
521-22 .4882
622-22.5003
720-24.4520
817-24.4150
98-21.2750
107-18.2800
112-10.1810
121-10.1000


 Team Records in Pac-12 Tournament

SchoolRecordWin %ChampRunner-Up
Arizona37-15.71274
Oregon34-18.65452
Colorado16-10.61511
UCLA26-19.57842
USC21-20.51214
Washington21-21.50033
Cal18-24.42902
Stanford18-24.42912
OSU14-21.40011
Utah6-11.35301
ASU9-23.28101
WSU7-21.25000


Pac-12 Records among Active Coaches

CoachSchoolRecordWin %
Tommy LloydArizona2-01.000
Dana AltmanOregon21-8.724
Tad BoyleColorado16-10.615
Andy EnfieldUSC8-7.533
Mick CroninUCLA1-1.500
Mark FoxCal2-2.500
Kyle SmithWSU2-2.500
Wayne TinkleOSU6-6.500
Mike HopkinsWashington3-5.375
Bobby HurleyASU3-6.333
Jerod HaaseStanford2-6.250
Craig SmithUtah0-1.000


Pac-12 Tournament Capsules

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1. Arizona Wildcats

• 37-15 all-time in the tournament

• Best Finish: Champion on seven occasions—most recently, 2018

• Next game: Saturday 6:00 pm PST vs UCLA/USC

• NCAA Outlook: Solidly in the field and an overall top-four seed. Winning the Tournament should lock them as a top-two overall NCAA seed.

• Tournament record vs UCLA 5-5

• Arizona is 7-4 in the Pac-12 title game

• Record as the 1-seed 20-5 (Wildcats have won eight in a row as the top seed in this tournament, 2015 & 18)

The 1 seed is 7-3 vs the 2 seed all-time. 1-seed is 9-7 all-time in the title game. 

2. UCLA Bruins

• 26-19 all-time in the tournament

• Best finish: Champion on four occasions, most recently in 2014

• Next Game: Saturday 6:00 pm PST vs Arizona

• NCAA Outlook: Safely in the field

• Tournament record vs Arizona 5-5

• Record as a 2-seed 6-2 (Won in 2014 the last time they were a two)

The 2 is 5-7 in the title game and  3-7 vs the 1-seed all-time.

• UCLA has not won multiple games at the Tournament since their 2014 championship run.

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3. USC Trojans

• 21-20 all-time in the tournament

• Best Finish: Champion in 2009

• Last Game: Friday 8:30 pm PST vs UCLA (lost 69-59)

• NCAA Outlook: Safely in the field

• Tournament record vs UCLA 2-4

• Record as 3-seed 3-1

• The 3-seed is 4-1 all-time vs the 7-seed and 2-8 against the 2-seed

• USC has not won multiple games at the Pac-12 Tournament since 2018 and that was the only time they did so dating back to their 2009 Championship 

4. Colorado Buffaloes

• 16-10 all-time in the tournament

• Best finish: Champion in 2012

• Last Game: Friday 6:00 pm PST vs Arizona (lost 82-72)

• NCAA Outlook: Solid NIT, likely needed to defeat Arizona get to the NCAA

• Tournament record vs Arizona 1-5. The Buffs’ five losses to the Wildcats account for 55.5% of Colorado’s losses in the tournament. No other team has beaten Colorado more than once.  

• The 1 seed is 11-2 all-time vs the 4-seed. Two of the last three between a 1 & 4 have gone to OT (2016 & 2018)

• This is the second time the Buffs have been higher than a 5-seed, they were a 3-seed last year.

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5. Oregon Ducks

• 34-18 all-time in the tournament

• Best Finish: Champion on five occasions—most recently, 2019

• Last game: Thursday 2:30 pm PST vs Colorado (lost 80-69).

• NCAA Outlook: On the outside looking in. Played themselves out and needed a Championship or at least a title runner-up to get back in the mix. Their one win likely assured them of an NIT berth.

• Tournament record vs Colorado 1-2

• The 4-seed owns a 15-8 record all-time vs the 5-seed. The 5-seed is now 3-2 against the 4 since 2017.

• Record as the 5-seed 4-3

(In a quirk due to COVID blowing everything up in 2020, Oregon’s win over OSU marked the 5th-straight by the No. 5-seed in the Pac-12 Tournament. The 5-seed went 1-0 in 2020, 3-0 in 2021 and is now 1-0 in 2022.)

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6. Washington Huskies

• 21-20 all-time in the tournament

• Best finish: Champion, three times—most recently, 2011

• Last Game: Wednesday 6:00 pm PT vs No. 3 USC

• NCAA Outlook: Need to win the tournament for the automatic bid.

• Tournament record vs USC 1-1

• Record as a 6-seed 0-1.

• 3 seed is 15-7 all-time vs the 6. 

7. Washington State Cougars

• 7-22 all-time in the tournament

• Best Finish: Semi-Finals, most recently, 2008

• Last Game: Thursday, 6:00 pm PST vs UCLA (lost 75-65)

• NCAA Outlook: Needed to win the tournament for the automatic bid, a run to the final could get them in the conversation. Should be a lock for a 4/5-seed in the NIT.

• Tournament Record vs California 0-2

• Record as a 7-seed 2-2. (Cougars a single-digit seed in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2012)

8. Arizona State Sun Devils

• 9-23 all-time in the tournament

• Best Finish: Runner-up in 2009

• Last game: Wednesday 12:00 pm PST vs Stanford (Lost to Stanford 71-70).

• NCAA Outlook: Needed to win the tournament for the automatic bid.

• Tournament record vs Stanford 2-3

• Record as an 8-seed 5-5

9. Stanford Cardinal

• 18-24 all-time in the tournament

• Best finish: Champion in 2004

• Last game: Thursday 12:00 pm PST vs Arizona (lost 84-80)

• NCAA Outlook: On the outside looking in at the NIT, a run to the title game could get them in the NIT conversation. The only path to the NCAA was winning the tournament.

• Tournament record vs Arizona 1-4

• 9-seed is 1-6 vs 1-seed with the lone win by OSU over Washington in 2012.

• Record as a 9-seed 2-4

10. California Golden Bears

• 18-24 all-time in the tournament

• Best Finish: Runner-up twice, most recently in 2010

• First Game: Wednesday 6:00 pm PST vs Washington State (Lost 66-59)

• NCAA Outlook: Needed to win the tournament for the automatic bid.

• Tournament record vs WSU 2-1

• Record as a 10-seed 1-1. (Won its lone game in 2020. The Bears have gone 2-1 the last two seasons as a double-digit seed.)

11. Utah Utes

• 7-11 all-time in the tournament

• Best finish: Runner-up in 2016

• First Game: Wednesday 8:30 pm PST vs Washington (lost 82-70)

• NCAA Outlook: Needed to win the tournament for the automatic bid.

• Tournament Record vs Washington 2-0

• Record as an 11-seed 0-1

12. Oregon State 

• 14-21 all-time in the tournament

• Best finish: Champion in 2021

• First game Wednesday, 2:30 pm PST, vs Oregon (Lost 86-72).

• NCAA Outlook: Needed to win the tournament to get in.

• Tournament record vs Oregon 1-1

• Record as a 12-seed 0-3

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