Pac-12 tourney kicking off in Las Vegas

JOHN MARSHALL AP Basketball Writer Published:

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Watch out for the No. 7 seed in the Pac-12 tournament this week.

Arizona is the top seed and is the conference's only ranked team, UCLA has been ranked for a good part of the season and two other teams have byes in the opening round, but Oregon could be the most dangerous team in the bracket.

The Ducks opened the season 13-0 before struggling at the start of conference play, but have been arguably the Pac-12's best team down the stretch, winning their final seven games.

Oregon closed out the season with a solid victory over No. 4 Arizona and has put itself in good position to earn an NCAA bid even if it doesn't win the Pac-12 tournament.

The Ducks open against rival Oregon State in Wednesday's opening round at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.