Washington will get an early start to the offseason after missing out on a National Invitation Tournament berth and opting not to pursue a College Basketball Invitational bid.
The Huskies are one of three Pac-12 teams sitting at home as the postseason tournaments begin this week. The others include Washington State and USC.
MONDAY MORNING LINKS:
— As expected, Arizona received a No. 1 seed in the West region in San Diego. The Wildcats should have no problems with No. 16 Weber State, but danger looms with a potential third-round game against No. Gonzaga or No. 9 Oklahoma State.
— The Selection Committee rewarded Pac-12 Tournament champion with a favorable seed (No. 4), opponent (No. 13 Tulsa) and location (San Diego). The Bruins have a relatively easy path to the Sweet 16.
— Oregon drew the No. 7 seed and a second-round rematch against No. 10 BYU in Milwaukee in the West region. The Ducks won the first meeting 100-96 in overtime on Dec. 21 at Matthew Knight Arena.
— Tough draw for No. 8 Colorado. The Buffaloes were placed in the South region and have to travel to Orlando, Fla. to face No. 9 Pittsburgh. The 8-9 games are usually a coin flip. However, the winner likely gets No. 1-overall seed Florida in front of what is sure to be a pro-Gator crowd.
— They’re calling the Midwest region the Group of Death because it includes No. 1 seed and undefeated Wichita State as well as No. 2 Michigan, No. 3 Duke, defending champion No. 4 Louisville and No. 8 Kentucky. Added to the mix is No. 10 Arizona State which plays No. 7 Texas in Milwaukee. It’s the first NCAA tourney appearance for the Sun Devils since 2009. If they win their opener, they’d likely face Michigan.
— Stanford snapped its five-year NCAA tourney drought and received a No. 10 seed in the South region against No. 7 New Mexico in St. Louis.
— Here’s a look at the NCAA tournament bracket complete with times and TV networks.
— After participating in the past two NCAA Tournaments, California is back in the NIT for the first time since 2011.
— Good news for Utah, it’s playing in the postseason for the first time since 2009. The bad news, the Utes received the No. 5 seed in the NIT and they have fewer than 48 hours to prepare for what’s expected to be a tough game at No. 4 Saint Mary’s.
— Here’s a look at the NIT bracket.
— For the fourth time in six years, Oregon State will play in the College Basketball Invitational.
— Here’s a look at the CBI bracket.
— And lastly, here’s my picks for the three all-America teams, the player and coach of the year as well as my final top 25 ballot I emailed to the Associated Press last night. I dropped Arizona one spot to No. 5 and voted UCLA No. 15.
1. Florida (32-2)
2. Wichita State (34-0)
3. Louisville (29-5)
4. Virginia (28-6)
5. Arizona (30-4)
6. Duke (26-8)
7. Villanova (28-4)
8. Michigan State (26-8)
9. Iowa State (26-7)
10. Michigan (25-8)
11. San Diego State (29-4)
12. Wisconsin (26-7)
13. Syracuse (27-5)
14. Kansas (24-9)
15. UCLA (26-8)
16. UConn (26-8)
17. New Mexico (27-6)
18. Cincinnati (27-6)
19. Creighton (26-7)
20. Ohio State (25-9)
21. Kentucky (24-10)
22. North Carolina (23-9)
23. Memphis (23-9)
24. Gonzaga (28-6)
25. Stephen F. Austin
In – UCLA, UConn, New Mexico, Gonzaga and Stephen F. Austin
Out – Oklahoma, Saint Louis, Iowa, Oregon and SMU
F – Doug McDermott, Creighton
F – Jabari Parker, Duke
G – Andrew Wiggins, Kansas
G – Russ Smith, Louisville
G – Nick Johnson, Arizona
F – C.J. Fair, Syracuse
F – Julius Randle, Kentucky
G – Nik Stauskas, Michigan
G – Shabazz Napier, UConn
G – Tyler Ennis, Syracuse
F – Casey Prather, Florida
F – Cleanthony Early, Wichita State
G – Kyle Anderson, UCLA
G – Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati
G – Xavier Thames, San Diego State
Player of the year – Doug McDermott, Creighton
Coach of the year – Greg Marshall, Wichita State