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Pac-12 Bubble Watch

With March Madness only a month away, every game carries an added significance as teams look to improve their resumes. While the teams are ranked from top to bottom, this week will feature analysis on their current tournament outlooks and where they project.

Arizona-

5 seed: Projections have Arizona anywhere in the four to six range, and that is after defeating then-No. 23 USC. With the nation’s 83rd strongest schedule, a higher ranking is an uphill battle. But as long as there is no Wisconsin, the Wildcats will be fine.

Oregon-3-seed: A stronger RPI and the nation’s toughest schedule puts Oregon above Arizona in the seeding, even if Arizona is ranked higher in the polls. The Ducks should have only one potential loss the rest of the way at USC and could lock up a two or three seed before the Pac-12 Tournament. 

Utah-4-seed: The Utes have the second highest RPI in the Pac-12 at No. 16 nationally and are projected as the second highest seed in the conference at the moment.

USC-6 seed: The Trojans were swept this weekend by Arizona and ASU,and now might have lost their chance to win the conference. Stanford might be their last guaranteed win of the season, so they could rise to four or drop to nine for the Pac-12 tourney.

California-

7-seed: On one hand, Cal boasts wins over Arizona, Oregon and Utah,  and looks to be hitting its stride. On the other hand, the Golden Bears will not be playing any tourney games in Berkeley, California, so they have to remember to pack their game with them.

Colorado-

7-seed: The Buffaloes are currently looking at a seven or eight seed, but face USC, Arizona and Utah to end the season. The Buffaloes have to get at least three wins if they want a solid seeding and chance to do damage in March.

Oregon State-

8-seed: A win over rival Oregon would do wonders for OSU’s tournament stock, as the Beavers currently project as an eight or nine seed in most brackets. They will likely go 2-3 or 3-2 down the stretch, but a win at Oregon could all but solidify their tourney ticket.

Washington- last four in:  The Huskies are not doing themselves any favors with their current three-game losing streak.These young pups are No. 62 in the RPI rankings and are going to need win three of their last five to have a chance.

UCLA-NIT: A win over Arizona would have done wonders for UCLA’s tourney stock but Bryce Alford happened again. UCLA might have the best resume of non-contenders so that must account for something.

Stanford:

The Cardinal did beat Oregon over the weekend, but its 12-11 record leaves no room for error. The team likely has to win out and win the Pac-12 Tourney for a bid.

ASU: While their tourney hopes are dashed, bracketmatrix.com/nit has the Sun Devils as a four seed for the NIT. I always knew Bobby Hurley could turn this program into an NIT contender.

Washington State:

The only way for Washington State to make the tourney is to receive the automatic bid at the Pac-12 Tournament. The team should rest its star players until then and start the equipment managers instead.


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