With two weeks remaining before Selection Sunday, the three biggest names in the bracket watching business are in agreement and project seven Pac-12 teams will make the NCAA tournament.
There also appears to be a glimmer of hope for Washington, according to one of the experts.
Here’s a look at the NCAA tourney projections.
ESPN’s Joe Lunardi had been cold on Oregon, but he included the Ducks in his latest bracket with the seeds and region in parenthesis: Arizona (1-west), UCLA (5-east), Arizona State (8-south), Stanford (10-west), Colorado (10-south), California (10-midwest) and Oregon (12-midwest). Note: California and Oregon are bubble teams.
Jerry Palm at CBSsports.com has been rather consistent in his belief that seven Pac-12 teams will make the tourney. Here’s his bracket: Arizona (1-west), UCLA (7-west), Stanford (9-east), Colorado (11-west), Arizona State (8-south), California (11-midwest) and Oregon (10-east). Note: Oregon, Colorado and California are considered bubble teams.
SI.com’s Michael Beller’s NCAA tourney forecast also includes seven Pac-12 teams: Arizona (1-west), UCLA (7-midwest), Stanford (8-east), Arizona State (9-midwest), Oregon (10-south), Colorado (11-east) and California (11-south). Note: Colorado, California and Washington are bubble teams.
Beller on the Huskies: “It’s not common for a team that is (16-13) overall to earn an at-large bid to the tournament, but the Huskies boast four top-50 wins, one of which came on the road at Arizona State. They have one more shot at a resume-building victory in the regular season, with UCLA visiting Seattle on March 6. Their three losses outside the top 100 undermine their resume, but a win over the Bruins could help negate that.”