Follow us:

Husky Men's Basketball

The latest news and analysis on Husky men's hoops.

February 10, 2015 at 6:03 AM

Huskies hoops links: Pac-12 may send two teams to NCAA tournament

Stanford guard Chasson Randle, left, and coach Johnny Dawkins are vying for their second straight NCAA tournament appearance. (Photo credit:  Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports)

Stanford guard Chasson Randle, left, and coach Johnny Dawkins are vying for their second straight NCAA tournament appearance. (Photo credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports)

With four weeks remaining in the regular season, Pac-12 co-leaders Arizona (20-3, 8-2) and Utah (18-4, 8-2) are practically guaranteed at least at-large berths in the NCAA tournament.

It remains to be seen if the conference sends anyone else to the Big Dance.

ESPN’s bracket guru Joe Lunardi includes three Pac-12 teams in his projections: Arizona (2 – West in Portland), Utah (3 – South in Portland) and Stanford (9 – South in Charlotte).

CBSsports’s bracket guy Jerry Palm also has three Pac-12 teams in his projections: Arizona (2 – West in Portland), Utah (5 – Midwest in Seattle) and Stanford (10 – South in Omaha, Nebraska).

Stanford (16-7, 7-4) is on the right side of the bubble while Oregon (17-7, 7-4), Oregon State (16-7, 7-4) and UCLA (14-10, 6-5) are still in the hunt a NCAA tournament berth.

The Cardinal can’t afford too many “bad” losses in the final seven regular-season games. Conceivably, Stanford would need to finish no worse than 4-3 to remain in the NCAA tourney discussions. The Cardinal’s remaining schedule includes: at Utah, at Colorado, California, Oregon State, Oregon, at Arizona State and at Arizona.

UCLA guard Bryce Alford, left, and coach Steve Alford has positioned the Bruins for a late run for the NCAA tourney. (Photo credit: Joe Nicholson - USA TODAY Sports)

UCLA guard Bryce Alford, left, and coach Steve Alford has positioned the Bruins for a late run for the NCAA tourney. (Photo credit: Joe Nicholson – USA TODAY Sports)

Don’t be surprised if UCLA makes a late run for a NCAA tournament berth. The Bruins have a favorable schedule down the stretch that includes five home games at Pauley Pavilion where they are 11-1. Here’s a look: Oregon State, Oregon, at Arizona State, at Arizona, Washington, Washington State and USC.

Oregon seemingly has the most difficult road to the NCAA tournament because five of its final seven games are on the road. The Ducks’ remaining opponents include: at USC, at UCLA, Colorado, Utah, at California, at Stanford and at Oregon State.

Meanwhile, Oregon State would need a strong finish to reach the NCAA tournament for the first time in 25 years. The Beavers remaining games: at UCLA, at USC, Utah, Colorado, at Stanford, at California and Oregon.

TUESDAY MORNING LINKS:

—  Oregon senior guard Joseph Young won the the Pac-12 Player of the Week award after destroying Washington and Washington State during a weekend sweep. He averaged 30.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.0 assists. Young hit a game-winning shot against the Huskies and nearly had a triple double (29-10-8) against the Cougars. He also surpassed the 2,000-point plateau last week. Young is one of five active Division I players with at least 2,000 points.

— Here’s a look at the where the Pac-12 teams fall in the NCAA RPI: Arizona (7), Utah (12), Stanford (44), UCLA (46), Oregon (58), Oregon State (68), Washington (80), Arizona State (97), Colorado (106), California (107), Washington State (141) and USC (174).

— Here’s where the Pac-12 teams rank in the statistical evaluations comprised by Ken Pomeroy: Arizona (3), Utah (5), Stanford (32), Arizona State (44), UCLA (49), Oregon State (70), Oregon (75), Colorado (86), Washington (92), California (143), USC (155) and Washington State (196).

— And here’s the Pac-12 stacks up in Jeff Sagarin’s ratings: Arizona (7), Utah (8), Stanford (32), UCLA (59), Arizona State (60), Oregon (67), Oregon State (75), Washington (78), Colorado (88), California (113), USC (149) and Washington State (175).

— Here’s a look at the Associated Press poll, which has Arizona seventh and Utah 11th.

— In the USA Today/coaches ranking, Arizona is seventh and Utah is 10th.

— Looks as if tickets to the first-round NCAA tournament games in Seattle are sold out. However, the NCAA is selling tickets to first-round games in Portland.

— And here’s a look at the conference standings.

Pac-12 Conference Standings

TEAM CONF W-L TOTAL W-L
No. 6 Arizona 8-2 20-3
No. 13 Utah 8-2 18-4
Oregon 7-4 17-7
Oregon State 7-4 16-7
Stanford 7-4 16-7
UCLA 6-5 14-10
California 5-6 15-9
Arizona State 4-6 12-11
Colorado 4-6 11-11
Washington State 4-7 10-13
Washington 3-8 14-9
USC 1-10 9-14

Comments | More in Links | Topics: AP poll, Coaches poll, RPI ratings

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►