ESPN bracket guru Joe Lunardi includes three Pac-12 teams in his most recent NCAA tournament projections.
Last week Washington was lumped in the last-four-in group and seeded No. 12.
This week the Huskies improved to a No. 11 seed in Lunardi’s bracket. UW is paired against No. 6 Mississippi State in the East region played in Greensboro, N.C. If the Huskies advance, they could face No. 3 Duke in the third round and No. 2 Michigan State or No. 7 Gonzaga in the Sweet 16.
Lunardi projects California would receive a more favorable No. 10 seed in Albuquerque, N.M. against No. 7 Virginia.
Arizona is a No. 12 seed in a play-in game versus Minnesota.
MONDAY AFTERNOON LINKS:
— Oregon is gearing up for Thursday’s game against Washington.
— At today’s news conference, California coach Mike Montgomery said Allen Crabbe (foot) and Harper Kamp (finger) are expected to play this week.
— Oregon State is riding high after a dominating 76-58 win at Utah. The 18-point destruction was the Beavers’ largest margin of victory in a conference road game since 1990 when they beat Washington State by 20.
— Doug Haller at the Arizona Republic reveals his Pac-12-free AP ballot.
— Commissioner Larry Scott received a two-year extension from the Pac-12 and ESPN’s Ted Miller wonders how long will he stick around.
— ESPN’s Eamon Brennan ranks UW first in his Pac-12 rankings.