Pac-12 looks full of intrigue
A majority of observers believe the Pac-12 Conference has two teams in the NCAA Tournament in Arizona and Arizona State and a whole bunch of question marks.
And even that presumption may be off the mark, with Arizona State the #9 seed in the Pac-12 Conference Tournament following a year in which the Sun Devils soared to great heights early in the campaign before sinking badly down the stretch.
Could a side that has defeated both Xavier and Kansas fail to make the NCAA Tournament after being ranked as high as third in the nation in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll?
Lose to the Colorado Buffaloes in the opening game of the Conference Tournament on Wednesday at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and the Sun Devils will have a very nervous few days until Selection Sunday.
The winner of Arizona State and Colorado takes on Arizona in the Quarterfinals. The Wildcats are the one side that is certainly in the field and at this point is just looking to improve their Big Dance seed.
Meanwhile, USC, UCLA, Washington and Utah all appear to be on the bubble with the general consensus that one of the four makes it.
With Arizona, Arizona State and UCLA all on one side of the Conference Tournament bracket and Washington expected to play USC if the Huskies get past Oregon State, it is the Oregon Ducks that have by far the easiest run on paper.
The Ducks play the Washington State Cougars in their opening game and should Oregon move on they would face a very beatable side in Utah before playing USC or Washington.
Certainly the Ducks could fall straight away, but this Oregon side has beaten Arizona, defeated the Sun Devils twice and also got the better of UCLA so far this campaign.
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