Pac-12 Basketball: 2020 conference tournament preview and predictions

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Jaime Jaquez Jr. #4 of the UCLA Bruins grabs a rebound in front of Christian Koloko #35 of the Arizona Wildcats in the second half of the game at Pauley Pavilion on February 29,

Jaime Jaquez Jr. #4 of the UCLA Bruins grabs a rebound in front of Christian Koloko #35 of the Arizona Wildcats in the second half of the game at Pauley Pavilion on February 29,

With upsets, breakout players, and double-digit comebacks occurring throughout the regular season, which team will come out on top of the Pac-12 Basketball Tournament?

During the 2019-20 Pac-12 Basketball season, multiple teams found themselves rising and falling in and out of the AP Top 25 Poll each week. Teams struggled to win on the road, but many also peaked at the right time to finish off the regular season strong. The race for the top of the Pac-12 was so tight, that four teams were trading off the top spot after each game played in the final two weeks.

The Oregon Ducks were the team to beat, as they sat upon the top of the Pac-12 standings for a majority of the season and ended up as the No. 13 team in the country, the only team in the conference to remain ranked throughout the entire season. However, they too experienced trouble on the road against other Pac-12 teams, such as Arizona State, Washington State, and Colorado. These games were just a few of the surprise upsets of the season.

UCLA, who found themselves tied for last place in the Pac-12 in mid-January, climbed all the way up the standings and upset Colorado, Arizona State, and Arizona late in the season. UCLA was able to snap Arizona State’s seven-game winning streak, making them the only two Pac-12 teams to finish with a winning record on the road.

Colorado and Arizona were the only two other Pac-12 teams ranked in the AP Top 25 Poll for consecutive weeks. Both teams struggled later in the season, whereas USC and Stanford made a late run to try to help their postseason chances.

While Cal, Washington State, Utah, Oregon State, and Washington all struggled in conference play this season, they have the key players needed to possibly make a run in the Pac-12 Tournament.

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