This season, the PAC-12 Conference has seen its share of teams occupy spots in the top 25.
At the beginning of the year, Colorado and Oregon took up shop in the rankings, only to fall off pace and be replaced later on by UCLA.
With so much volatility in the conference rankings, it will be a definite mad dash for the finish out West.
Here is a rundown of the post season predictions for the PAC-12 Conference.
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USC (10-15): Even the arrival of Andy Enfield did little to spark excitement in Troy over men’s basketball. While this was not their year, give the Trojans time and they will be in the mix.
Washington State (9-16): Since the departure of Tony Bennett, who left for Virginia, the Cougars have done very little at the national level. This year conference play has treated them poorly too. Two PAC-12 wins are more than disappointing.
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Oregon State (13-11): The only reason Craig Robinson has not been fired is because of his…um…family connections. Being the First Lady’s brother has some perks, but a good basketball team is not one of them. They have an outside shot at the NIT, but it might take an Executive order.
Washington (14-12): Much like the Beavers, the Huskies need to string together some wins to get off the NIT bubble. Even staying two games above .500 would get them there. But games against Oregon and UCLA will keep them in the CBI brackets.
Oregon (16-8): The Ducks had a hot start, and currently possess a decent overall record, but a 4-8 mark so far in conference will relegate them to the NIT. If they get to .500, there is NCAA Tournament hope.
Utah (17-8): No real bubble issues for the Utes either. They have the look of an NIT squad, even if they win a few games late.
Stanford (16-8): The Cardinal will be compared almost evenly to their Bay Area counterparts Cal. Stanford split with the Bears, but has ugly losses to Oregon State and Washington. Getting 20 wins would help them get to the Big Dance, but it’s safe to make NIT reservations.
California (17-8): Stanford could easily swap spots with Cal depending on how the season plays out. However, the Golden Bears get the nod here because of a 8-4 conference record thus far. Truthfully, it is either Cal or Stanford getting an at-large bid; the committee will not take both. A 10 or 11 seed at best.
Colorado (19-7): A winning conference record, coupled with a win over Kansas will get the Buffaloes into March Madness without any sweat. They will get an 7 or 8 seed.
Arizona State (19-6): A win over rival Arizona last week ensures the Sun Devils an at-large bid on Selection Sunday. A late arrival to the party however, ASU will not get a great seed. Mark them down as a double digit seed having to face a quality opponent in the first round.
UCLA (20-5): Steve Alford is winning the battle (of words and play) of LA. Also a latecomer to the national scene, the Bruins will not harvest an incredibly high seed, but rather a 5 or 6.
Arizona (23-2): The Wildcats spent most of the season ranked number one in the country boasting wins over Duke, Michigan, and San Diego State. Despite losing two games of late, they are one of the most complete teams in the nation. If they stay at two or three losses, look for the Cats to be a number one seed out West.
The conference, in my opinion, will get five teams (maybe six) into the NCAA Tournament this year.
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