With three weeks remaining before Selection Sunday, the so-called bracket experts project 7-6 Pac-12 teams will make the NCAA tournament.
Two of the three most high-profile bracket gurus believe Oregon will advance to the Big Dance. The Ducks (18-8, 6-8 Pac-12) are tied for eighth in the conference. However, the metrics favor Oregon, which began the season 13-0. Somehow the Ducks’ RPI is 41 despite their best win being an overtime victory against BYU.
Here’s a look at the NCAA tourney projection.
Jerry Palm at CBSsports.com projects seven Pac-12 teams in the tourney. Here’s his list including seeds and region in parenthesis: Arizona (1-west), UCLA (7-south), Stanford (8-south), Colorado (9-midwest), Arizona State (9-east), California (10-midwest) and Oregon (11-east).
SI.com’s Michael Beller’s NCAA tourney forecast also includes seven Pac-12 teams: Arizona (1-west), UCLA (7-midwest), Stanford (8-south), Arizona State (9-east), Colorado (9-midwest), California (10-west) and Oregon (11-midwest).
ESPN’s Joe Lunardi is the dissenting prognosticator who estimates six Pac-12 teams will go dancing: Arizona (1-west), UCLA (7-east), Stanford (9-midwest), Colorado (10-midwest), California (9-east) and Arizona State (9-south).
In regards to Washington, the Huskies (15-13, 7-8) likely will have to win next month’s Pac-12 Tournament to advance to the NCAAs. Short of that, they’ll need to win their remaining three regular-season games and then make a substantial run in the conference tournament to merit consideration for an at-large berth. UW is 77 in the RPI.