FROM LAS VEGAS — The seemingly non-stop conference tournament tour of Las Vegas continues today when the Pac-12 tournament begins at the MGM Grand. We'll be there a little later on — swinging over to the Orleans this morning to cover the Idaho women — and have our usual crop of links to start your day. Read on.
We have our advance of WSU's first-round game against Washington in today's newspaper, as well as a blog post with more comments from Ken Bone and a post with some video inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena. It's a pretty impressive facility — not too big, fairly intimate and well-lit. If they fill the place, it could make for a pretty good environment. … John Blanchette has a column about how the tournament fits in Vegas. … Todd Dybas has this advance of the game, and Percy Allen has this one.
As for the rest of today's action …
No. 8 Stanford vs. No. 9 Arizona State, noon (Pac-12 Networks) — The Sun Devils, like seven other teams in the conference, are trying to win four games in four days. The Cardinal should feel OK about this matchup. The Pac-12 tournament feels wide open, says Jeff Faurado.
Also: Oregon hopes it's back on track when it faces the winner of tonight's game between WSU and UW. … Conferences are taking a chance by moving tournaments to Las Vegas. … Here's the AP preview of the tournament.
That's all for now. We'll be tweeting throughout the Idaho women's game, then will spend the rest of the day at the MGM Grand.