A team-by-team glance, in seed order, for the Pac-12 Conference men's basketball tournament in Las Vegas.
(NET rankings through Monday's games)
(1) Washington Huskies
Record: 24-7, 15-3.
NET ranking: 38
Key players: G Jaylen Nowell, So., 16.3 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 3.1 apg; F Noah Dickerson, Sr., 12.9 ppg, 7.2 rpg; G Matisse Thybulle, Sr., 9.5 ppg, 3.5 spg, 2.3 bpg.
Outlook: The Huskies were in control of the top spot in the Pac-12 throughout the season but stumbled down the stretch, losing two of their final four games that included a loss at previously conference-winless Cal after UW had squeaked into the national top 25. Thybulle is a candidate for national defensive player of the year, and UW's league-leading defense ranked first in league games in points allowed (62.3) and second in defensive field goal percentage (.431).
(2) Arizona State Sun Devils
Record: 21-9, 12-6.
NET ranking: 67
Key players: G Luguentz Dort, 16.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg; G Remy Martin, So., 13.5 ppg, 5.2 apg, 3.2 rpg; F Zylan Cheatham, Sr., 11.6 ppg, 10.4 rpg.
Outlook: The Sun Devils are balanced and finished strong, winning five of their final six games. Dort is one of the top freshmen in the league, and Martin averaged a Pac-12-best 6.2 assists in conference games. ASU has never advanced out of the Pac-12 quarterfinals since the league adopted the 12-team format in 2012.
(3) Utah Utes
Record: 17-13, 11-7.
NET ranking: 99
Key players: G Sedrick Barefield, Sr., 17.2 ppg, 3.8 apg; F Timmy Allen, Fr., 12.2 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.0 apg; F Donnie Tillman, So., 10.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg.
Outlook: Coach Larry Krystkowiak once again has the Utes outperforming expectations, as a Utah team picked eighth in the preaseason poll instead finished third. Utah led the Pac-12 with a .390 3-point percentage in league games, and the Utes feature three of the league's top 14 3-pointer shooters in league play — Tillman (.421), Parker Van Dyke (.431), and Barefield (.396). The Utes' defensive field goal percentage of .457 ranked 10th within Pac-12 play.
(4) Oregon State Beavers
Record: 18-12, 10-8.
NET ranking: 84
Key players: F Tres Tinkle, Jr., 20.7 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 3.9 apg; G Stephen Thompson, Sr., 16.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 3.3 apg; G Ethan Thompson, So., 13.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg; 3.9 apg.
Outlook: The Beavers rely heavily on the Thompson brothers and Tinkle, who account for nearly 69 percent of OSU's scoring in addition to 49 percent of the rebounding and almost 72 percent of OSU's assists. Kylor Kelly is a 7-foot junior college transfer who set an OSU single-season record with 102 blocks, although the Beavers finished in the middle of the pack in the most significant defensive categories. This is OSU's first top-four seed since the league tournament expanded to 12 teams in 2012.
(5) Colorado Buffaloes
Record: 19-11, 10-8.
Net ranking: 69
Key players: F Tyler Bey, So., 13.4 ppg, 9.6 rpg; G McKinley Wright, So., 13.0 ppg, 4.9 apg, 4.8 rpg; F Lucas Siewert, Jr., 10.0 ppg, 4.9 rpg.
Outlook: A late push helped the Buffs finish with a league-leading plus-4.5 average rebounding margin, the top mark in Pac-12 games. CU made up for a bottom-dwelling 3-point percentage of .312 by using its big men to facilitate the offense against zone defenses — Siewert averaged 2.7 assists over the final nine games, and redshirt freshman Evan Battey has recorded more assists (34) than turnovers (29) this season.
(6) Oregon Ducks
Record: 19-12, 10-8.
NET ranking: 61
Key players: F Louis King, Fr., 12.6 ppg, 5.6 rpg; G Payton Pritchard, Jr., 12.2 ppg, 4.3 apg; F Paul White, Sr., 10.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg.
Outlook: After Cal and CU, the Ducks are the only team entering the tournament with a win streak of at least three games. Oregon has won four in a row, including a win Sunday at Washington that ended the Huskies' undefeated home slate. The Ducks own the top defensive 3-point percentage within league games (.316) and sophomore forward Kenny Wooten, a Pac-12 All-Defensive Team selection, ranked third in Pac-12 play with 33 blocked shots.
(7) UCLA Bruins
Record: 16-15, 9-9.
NET ranking: 118
Key players: G Kris Wilkes, So., 17.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg; G Jaylen Hands, So., 13.7 ppg, 6.3 apg, 3.5 rpg; C Moses Brown, Fr., 10.2 ppg, 8.5 rpg.
Outlook: The Bruins have one of the most talented rosters in the league and are quite capable of getting hot in a tournament format, yet UCLA continues to struggle through the same inconsistencies that cost former coach Steve Alford his job in December. UCLA is explosive offensively (league-leading 79.7 points within Pac-12) but suspect defensively (league-worst 80.9 points allowed). Hands led the Pac-12 in assists (194 total, 6.3 per game).
(8) USC Trojans
Record: 15-16, 8-10.
NET ranking: 96
Key players: F Bennie Boatwright, Sr., 18.1 ppg, 6.4 rpg; F Nick Rakocevic, Jr., 14.9 ppg, 9.3 rpg; G Jonah Mathews, Jr., 12.5 ppg, 2.2 apg.
Outlook: The Trojans stagger into the tournament mired in a four-game losing streak with losses in seven of the past nine. Boatwright is a matchup problem for any defense; he ranked third in Pac-12 games in scoring (20.1) and essentially was the league's top 3-point shooter at .461 (UCLA's David Singleton finished first at .472, but he attempted 175 fewer 3-pointers in league play than Boatwright). Rakocevic has posted 14 double-doubles and shares the Pac-12 lead with CU's Tyler Bey.
(9) Arizona Wildcats
Record: 17-14, 8-10.
NET ranking: 93
Key players: F Brandon Randolph, So., 12.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg; G Brandon Williams, Fr., 11.3 ppg, 3.4 apg; F Chase Jeter, Jr., 11.1 ppg, 6.6 rpg.
Outlook: The Wildcats have won the past two conference tournaments and three of the past four, but Arizona goes into the tournament with those streaks on life support. This will mark the first time Arizona has played on opening day since the 12-team format began in 2012, and Arizona has not finished as low as ninth since a 1-17, 10th-place finish in 1983 (the Wildcats' last sub-.500 season in the Pac-12 was an 8-10 mark in 2008). In league games the Wildcats ranked 11th in field goal percentage (.411) and 10th in defensive field goal percentage (.466). Williams missed five games late in the season and has averaged just 7.5 points with a .350 shooting percentage in the four games since his return.
(10) Stanford Cardinal
Record: 15-15, 8-10.
NET ranking: 106
Key players: F KZ Okpala, So., 17.1 ppg, 5.8 rpg; G Daejon Davis, So., 11.8 ppg, 4.6 apg; C Josh Sharma, Sr., 10.0 ppg, 6.9 rpg.
Outlook: A comeback win at home against the CU Buffs on Jan. 26 propelled the Cardinal to a run of five wins in six games, but Stanford was unable to maintain the momentum. Stanford goes into the tournament having lost four of its past five, including a loss at home against Bay Area rival Cal this past weekend that saw the Golden Bears jump to a 24-5 lead. The Cardinal is solid on the glass with a plus-3.8 rebounding margin in Pac-12 games that ranks third.
(11) Washington State Cougars
Record: 11-20, 4-14.
NET ranking: 198
Key players: F Robert Franks, Sr.,
Outlook: Like Stanford, a midseason win against the Buffs gave WSU a run of three wins in four games, but the Cougars have gone 0-5 since. Franks is an explosive scorer, but he carries a heavy load for WSU and more often than not is unable to overcome a defense that ranks last in Pac-12 games in defensive field goal percentage (.493) and defensive 3-point percentage (.388).
(12) Cal Golden Bears
Record: 8-22, 3-15.
NET ranking: 233
Key players: F Justice Sueing, So., 14.5 ppg, 6.1 rpg; G Paris Austin, Jr., 11.7 ppg, 4.4 apg; G Darius McNeill, So., 11.2 ppg.
Outlook: The Golden Bears appeared on their way to posting the first winless season within league play since Oregon State in 2008 before abruptly turning things around, knocking off then-No. 25 Washington on Feb. 28 to start a season-ending three-game losing streak. Cal shot a league-low .406 in conference games but has compiled a .471 mark during the three-game win streak.