It’s the eve of Selection Monday. The latest ESPN tournament prediction still has the Pac-12 advancing five teams to the NCAA tournament. And the schools listed to play at Alaska Airlines Arena this weekend remain conference tournament champions Gonzaga (West Coast Conference), Southern California (Pac-12), Nebraska (Big Ten) and Idaho (Western Athletic Conference).
You can purchase tickets to the weekend’s event, Sunday for the first-round and Tuesday for the second-round. The official participants and more information will be available during the selection show airing Monday at 4pm (PT) on ESPN. The Pac-12 will analyze the NCAA tournament selections at 7pm (PT) on Pac-12 Networks.
With the final conference champions crowned, final ballots for the AP top 25 were due Sunday along with a 15-member All-American team, coach of the year and player of the year nominees. Voters spend a lot of time on ranking the teams, but it’s not used in any tournament seeding evaluations. Personally, I like to see if my top 16 actually reach the NCAA Sweet 16.
Our All-American, coach of the year and player of the year submissions do carry weight but the selection is completely subjective. I view it as an entire team, the first five selected based on a traditional lineup with a post included. With that, here’s my final ballot.
Final 2014 Top 25 Ranking
2. Notre Dame
4. Tennessee5. West Virginia6. Nebraska
8. South Carolina9. Louisville
10. Penn State11. Duke12. North Carolina
14. NC State
15. Stanford16. Texas A&M17. Cal18. Purdue19. USC20. Oregon State21. Gonzaga22. Michigan State
23. Middle Tennessee24. Iowa
25. Oklahoma StateAll-American TeamFirst teamF Chiney Ogwumike, StanfordF Breanna Stewart, UConnC Jillian Alleyne, OregonG Odyssey Sims, BaylorG Kayla McBride, Notre DameSecond teamF Jordan Hooper, NebraskaF Alyssa Thomas, MarylandG Tiffany Mitchell, South CarolinaG Brittany Boyd, CaliforniaG Jewell Lyod, Notre DameThird teamF Ebony Rowe, Middle TennesseeF Diamond DeShields, North CarolinaC Jennifer Hamson, BYUG Bria Hartley, UConnG Maggie Lucas, Penn StateCoach of the Year: Dawn Staley, South CarolinaPlayer of the Year: Breanna Stewart, UConn