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November 14, 2014 at 6:12 AM

Huskies morning links: Joe Lunardi projects six Pac-12 teams in NCAA tourney

After 221 days, college basketball returns.

Hallelujah!

And you can’t start the season without predictions from the NCAA tournament bracket gurus. So what say ye bracket gurus?

ESPN’s Joe Lunardi projects six Pac-12 teams will make the Big Dance: Arizona (1, West), Utah (5, South), UCLA (7, West), Stanford (8, Midwest), Colorado (10, South) and Oregon (12, South).

Meanwhile, CBSsports’s Jerry Palm is somewhat pessimistic on the Pac-12 and projects only four teams will go dancing: Arizona (1, West), Colorado (6, South), Utah (7, South) and Stanford (10, Midwest).

We’ll split the difference and predict five Pac-12 teams will make the NCAA tourney: Arizona, Colorado, Utah, UCLA and … Washington. To do so, the Huskies will need a strong performance in the nonconference season (i.e. no more than 1-2 losses) starting Friday night against South Carolina State.

FRIDAY MORNING LINKS:

— Washington big man Robert Upshaw is ready to make his Husky debut in UW’s opener

Bud Withers traveled to Pullman and spent time with new Washington State coach Ernie Kent who seems to understand he’s been tasked with a monumental reclamation project.

More on Upshaw from the News Tribune.

— Arizona welcomed a 2015 signing class that’s considered one of the best in the nation.

— The Wildcats open the season against St. Mary’s.

— UCLA point guard Bryce Alford is trying to carve out his own reputation separate from his dad Steve Alford, the Bruins coach.

— UCLA begin the season against Montana State.

— Utah brings in Ball State for its opener.

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