By Jeremy Sharpe / UA Sports
SAN FRANCISCO – The Pac-12 Conference has released the weekly matchups and site designations for the league’s 2017-18 men’s basketball season.
The announcement reflects the games being played and the home/away designations each week of the Pac-12 regular season. Specific dates and times for each game within a week will be announced later this summer after selections by the league’s television partners are finalized. All 108 Conference games will be televised by either Pac-12 Network, ESPN/2/U, FOX/FS1 or CBS.
Tipoff of the league’s regular season will begin no earlier than Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017, with opening week highlighted by traditional rivalry games between ARIZONA and ARIZONA STATE, and CALIFORNIA and STANFORD.
Defending Pac-12 regular season co-champions ARIZONA and OREGON will meet twice, with the Ducks visiting Tucson the week of Jan. 10-14 and Wildcats traveling to Eugene the week of Feb. 21-25. Other anticipated marquee matchups feature USC at UCLA the week of Jan. 31-Feb. 4 followed by the Bruins and Trojans heading to ARIZONA and ARIZONA STATE the week of Feb. 7-11.
Regular-season play will conclude on Saturday, March 3, 2018, with the final week featuring rivalry games between COLORADO and UTAH, and UCLA and USC.
After breaking several attendance records in its debut season at T-Mobile Arena, the 2018 Pac-12 Tournament returns to Las Vegas’ newest venue from March 7-10. Check pac-12.com/tickets for the most up-to-date information on tournament on-sale dates and special offers.
The Pac-12 will carry considerable momentum into the 2017-18 campaign after sending a record seven teams to the 2016 NCAA Tournament and finishing with three teams in the top 10 in the nation in 2017, culminating with OREGON’s appearance in the Final Four in April.
2016-17 Pac-12 All-Conference performers Allonzo Trier (ARIZONA), Chimezie Metu (USC) and Reid Travis (STANFORD) headline the list of the league’s top returners. Additionally, nine NBA Draft early-entry candidates elected to return to Pac-12 programs for the 2017-18 season, highlighted by Rawle Alkins (ARIZONA), Bennie Boatwright (USC), and Aaron Holiday and Thomas Welsh (UCLA), boosting the Wildcats, Trojans and Bruins in early national top 25 poll projections.
The Conference also boasts eight teams inside ESPN’s Top 40 recruiting class rankings and is slated to add 21 freshmen rated in the ESPN Top 100, the second-most of any league in the country.
2017-18 PAC-12 CONFERENCE MEN’S BASKETBALL WEEKLY PAIRINGS (Wednesday-Sunday)
Week of Dec. 27-31
Arizona State at Arizona
California at Stanford
Colorado/Utah at Oregon/Oregon State
Washington/Washington State at UCLA/USC
Week of Jan. 3-7
Arizona/Arizona State at Colorado/Utah
Oregon at Oregon State
UCLA/USC at California/Stanford
Washington at Washington State
Week of Jan. 10-14
California/Stanford at Washington/Washington State
Colorado/Utah at UCLA/USC
Oregon/Oregon State at Arizona/Arizona State
Week of Jan. 17-21
Arizona/Arizona State at California/Stanford
UCLA/USC at Oregon/Oregon State
Washington/Washington State at Colorado/Utah
Week of Jan. 24-28
California/Stanford at UCLA/USC
Colorado/Utah at Arizona/Arizona State
Oregon State at Oregon
Washington State at Washington
Week of Jan. 31-Feb. 4
Arizona/Arizona State at Washington/Washington State
Oregon/Oregon State at California/Stanford
USC at UCLA
Utah at Colorado
Week of Feb. 7-11
UCLA/USC at Arizona/Arizona State
California/Stanford at Colorado/Utah
Washington/Washington State at Oregon/Oregon State
Week of Feb. 14-18
Arizona at Arizona State
Colorado/Utah at Washington/Washington State
Oregon/Oregon State at UCLA/USC
Stanford at California
Week of Feb. 21-25
Arizona/Arizona State at Oregon/Oregon State
UCLA/USC at Colorado/Utah
Washington/Washington State at California/Stanford
Week of Feb. 28-March 3
(Regular season concludes Saturday, March 3)
California/Stanford at Arizona/Arizona State
Colorado at Utah
Oregon/Oregon State at Washington/Washington State
UCLA at USC
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