Pac-12 Women's Basketball Tournament
Schedule for the Pac-12 Tournament, held at KeyArena in Seattle (all times MST). All games Thursday, Friday and Saturday will be on the Pac-12 Networks, with Sunday's championship televised on ESPN:
First round, Thursday
Game 1: No. 7 Utah vs. No. 10 California, 12:30 p.m.
Game 2: No. 6 Oregon vs. No. 11 Arizona, 3 p.m.
Game 3: No. 8 USC vs. No. 9 Washington State, 7 p.m.
Game 4: No. 5 Washington vs. No. 12 Colorado, 9:30 p.m.
Game 5: No. 2 Arizona State vs. Game 1 winner, 12:30 p.m.
Game 6: No. 3 UCLA vs. Game 2 winner, 3 p.m.
Game 7: No. 1 Oregon State vs. Game 3 winner, 7 p.m.
Game 8: No. 4 Stanford vs. Game 4 winner, 9:30 p.m.
Game 9: Winners of Games 5 and 6, 7 p.m.
Game 10: Winners of Games 7 and 8, 9:30 p.m.
Game 11: Semifinal winners, 7 p.m.
Since joining the Pac-12 four years ago, the Colorado women's basketball team has always found a way to win at least once at the conference tournament.
It'll take a big upset to continue that streak this year.
On Sunday, the Pac-12 announced the bracket for the conference tournament, which will take place Thursday-Sunday at KeyArena in Seattle. The last-place and 12th-seeded Buffaloes (7-22, 2-16 Pac-12) will take on No. 5 Washington (20-9, 11-7) in Thursday's first round at 9:30 p.m. MST.
The Buffaloes have tied a program record for single-season losses and will be the 12th seed for a conference tournament for the third time. In 2005 and 2009, they were the 12th seed for the Big 12 Tournament, losing in the first round both times.
In four previous trips to the Pac-12 Tournament, the Buffs have compiled a 5-4 record, with four of the wins coming as the lower seed.
In 2012, the No. 10 Buffs upset No. 7 Utah in the first round. In 2014, the No. 9 Buffs knocked off No. 8 UCLA. Last year, the Buffs were also seeded ninth and beat No. 8 USC before knocking off top-seeded Oregon State in the quarterfinals.
Starting at the bottom presents a different challenge, though. No. 12 seeds are 1-3 in the first round over the last four years.
CU has lost six in a row to the Huskies, including a 78-57 defeat on Saturday in Seattle in the regular season finale. They are 1-0 against the Huskies at the conference tournament, though. In 2013, the Buffs were seeded No. 4 and beat the No. 5 Huskies in the quarterfinals.
Brian Howell: firstname.lastname@example.org, on Twitter: @BrianHowell33.