Go figure. Last year Washington wins the Pac-12 regular-season title and misses the NCAA tournament while the conference sends just two teams to the Big Dance due to the league’s horrible non-conference record.
This year the Huskies are fighting to finish in the middle of the pack and the Pac-12 is projected to put 5-6 teams in the NCAA tourney thanks to a great non-conference record.
Any chance Washington (14-12) earns an at-large berth hinges on Wednesday’s game at No. 12 Arizona. The Huskies need a win in Tucson, Ariz. as well as a 5-0 finish to end the regular season and a deep run in the Pac-12 Tournament to put themselves in position for one of the 38 at-large berths.
Andy Glockner at SI.com writes: “If they can’t win at Arizona on Thursday, there’s probably not enough left here for a reasonable at-large run without some crazy run in Vegas.”
Glockner believes Arizona is a lock to make the NCAA tournament while Oregon, UCLA and Colorado should make it. He has California, Arizona State, Stanford and UW on the bubble.
ESPN bracket guru Joe Lunardi believes a half dozen Pac-12 teams will make the NCAA tourney. Here’s his list of teams with seeds in parenthesis: Arizona (3), Oregon (6), UCLA (8), Colorado (9), Arizona State (11) and California (12).
Jerry Palm at CBSsports.com projects five Pac-12 teams in the tourney including: Arizona (2), Oregon (8), UCLA (9), Colorado (9) and California (11).