Sean Miller

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It’s like a horror movie trailer.

No one is safe. No one feels secure…

The 2012 Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament begins today and there isn’t a single lock for an NCAA at-large bid. We can’t guarantee the games will be dramatic but they will definitely be intense.

Fear is about to consume them…

TWIT-Pac isn’t afraid to bring you the TV schedule (all times Arizona/Mountain):

Date     Time TV
Wed Mar 7 #9 OSU #8 WSU 1 p.m. FSN
  #12 USC #5 UCLA 3:30 p.m. FSN
  #10 ASU #7 Stanford 7 p.m. FSN
  #11 Utah #6 Colorado 9:30 p.m. FSN
Thu Mar 8 WSU/OSU #1 Washington 1 p.m. FSN
  UCLA/USC #4 ARIZONA 3:30 p.m. FSN
  Stanford/ASU #2 Cal 7 p.m. FSN
  Colorado/Utah #3 Oregon 9:30 p.m. FSN
  UO/CU/UU UC/SU/ASU 9:30 p.m. FSN
Sat Mar 10 Championship Game 4 p.m. CBS

FSN = Fox Sports Net
CBS = Columbia Broadcasting System (now you know)

Wed. Mar. 7

#8 WSU (15-15 / 7-11) vs. #9 OSU (17-13 / 7-11)
Oregon State can say it kept both Oregon and Cal out of 1st place. Washington State can say it swept OSU.

#5 UCLA (18-13 / 11-7) vs. #12 USC (6-25 / 1-17)
When they put this tournament in L.A. they probably envisioned these two teams meeting in the finals, the Staples Center packed to the rafters with the eyes of the nation watching and Los Angeles shut down. Well, they got “these two teams meeting in…Staples Center…with the eyes of the nation…shut.”

#7 Stanford vs. #10 ASU
I fully expect Arizona State to go out and score 47 total points just to antagonize Wildat fans even more.

#6 Colorado vs. #11 Utah
Utah is coming off its worst loss ever. Colorado went into last week with a shot at the 2-seed and got swept. If it snows in Southern California this week, blame these guys.

Thu. Mar. 8

#1 Washington vs. WSU/OSU
Last year Venoy Overton was suspended for this tournament and this year Overton was just sentenced. It’s hard out here for a pimp.

Arizona is 0-3 against UCLA in the Pac-12 tournament since the event moved to Los Angeles. Another reason to get excited about a move to Vegas.

#2 Cal vs. Stanford/ASU
Jorge Gutierrez, the Pac-12 Player of the Year, is just 12th in the conference in scoring, 18th in rebounding, 6th in assists, 9th in free throw percentage and 12th in steals. Example number 3,596 of how bad the Pac-12 is this year.

#3 Oregon vs. Colorado/Utah
The Ducks’ four-game winning streak makes them the hottest team in the league. Facing the Buffalo/Ute winner will make them even hotter.

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Despite what the bracket people say I still think the Pac-12 gets three bids. I predict Cal, Washington and Oregon end up on the good side of the bubble, but I’m not confident enough to say all three get in if someone else wins the Pac-12 tournament. Everybody in the field has, as they say, work left to do.

Can Arizona be that someone else winning the tournament? Last week I would’ve said the UA just needs to make a bunch of 3s but the Cats made 10 against ASU and lost anyway. At least Arizona won’t ever be playing in the 9:30 game so the early-risers have that.

Are you ready, Wildcat Universe? Even if the tournament goes Arizona’s way we’re going to be looking at three terrifyingly tense basketball games.

Grab your popcorn, cover your eyes and enjoy the show.

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Scott Terrell never liked scary movies. Find safety in numbers on Twitter and Facebook.