LAS VEGAS — Considering the relative parity of the regular season, this year’s Pac-12 Tournament appears to be a wide-open affair.

“I think it’s safe to say that,” said Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak.

Most of the seeding wasn’t settled until last Saturday and late last month last-place California upset conference-leading Washington.

The Utes, who are projected to finish eighth in the conference’s preseason media poll, wound up as the No. 3 seed. They’ll square off against Oregon or Washington State in the Pac-12 quarterfinals on Thursday (9:30 p.m., ESPN).

“It’s really wide open. Definitely anyone can win it,” said Utah sophomore Donnie Tillman. “And of course I’m biased. I want us to win it.”

The Utes have never won the Pac-12 tourney since joining the conference in 2011-12. They reached the championship game in 2016 and made it to the semifinals in 2013 and 2015. Other appearances ended with losses in the quarterfinals (2014, 2017 and 2018) as well as one first-round ouster (2012).

““Talk is cheap this point of the season. You’ve got to go lay it on the line.””

Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak

Krystkowiak isn’t much for discussing tournament history.

“Talk is cheap this point of the season,” he said. “You’ve got to go lay it …read more

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