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November 8, 2013 at 10:27 AM

Morning links: Joe Lunardi predicts five Pac-12 teams will make NCAA tourney

It’s never to early for NCAA tournament predictions and ESPN’s Joe Lunardi takes a first look with the season’s first Bracketology.

He believes five Pac-12 teams will make the Big Dance for a a second straight year.

Arizona is tabbed as the No. 2 seed in the West region, Oregon is No. 5 in the East, UCLA is No. 7 in the South, Colorado is No. 8 in the West and Stanford is No. 10 in the Midwest.

Lunardi projects California and Arizona State are bubble teams who miss the tourney.

CBSsports.com’s Jerry Palm’s NCAA tournament forecast includes six Pac-12 teams: No. 2 Arizona (West), No. 7 Colorado (South), No. 7 Oregon (Midwest), No. 7 UCLA (West), No. 10 Stanford (East) and No. 12 Cal (Midwest).

FRIDAY MORNING LINKS:

— Seattle University, which plays Washington 7 p.m. Sunday in the season opener for both teams, has reloaded and revamped an offensively deficient team that finished last in the Western Athletic Conference last season.

— Here’s pregame notes from the Redhawks.

— We all know non-conference games against ranked opponents are extremely important for the Pac-12. [The conference was 5-15 against ranked teams last season.] Colorado gets the first crack at a ranked foe when the Buffaloes take on No. 25 Baylor.

Big game for Oregon tonight as the No. 19 Ducks plays Georgetown in South Korea. It’s literally an early wake-up call for Oregon.

— California begins the season tonight with a not-so glamorous matchup against Coppin State.

— Washington State should have an easy time in tonight’s season opener versus Cal State Bakersfield, which is 0-13 against Pac-12 teams.

— Arizona’s Aaron Gordon is one of the touted freshmen who could take over college basketball this season.

— Four of seven ESPN analysts pick the Wildcats to make the NCAA tournament Final Four.

— After two straight NCAA tourney appearances, Colorado coach Tad Boyle has folks excited in Boulder, Co. about basketball.

— UCLA coach Steve Alford and USC coach Andy Enfield are linked as they make their debuts tonight with their respective teams.

— There’s less drama surrounding the Bruins this season.

— The Trojans are big part of their fate in the hands of senior captain J.T. Terrell, who had a troubled¬† past at Wake Forest.

— Arizona Republic’s Doug Haller doles out Pac-12 preseason awards and Washington’s C.J. Wilcox is tabbed as the conference’s best three-pointer shooter.

Pat Forde at Yahoo Sports includes UCLA’s Kyle Anderson, Arizona State’s Jahii Carson and Gordon on his list of the 25 most intriguing players.

Jon Rothstein at CBS Sports believes Oregon is one of 10 teams who could benefit from the new defensive rule changes.

 

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