After last night’s Loss in Boulder to Colorado, 76-53 the Ducks have fallen in the latest projection in Joe Lunardi’s Bracketology. The ESPN Expert takes a look at what teams will end up in the upcoming NCAA Tournament and where they will land. This morning, after the Thursday dust fell, the Ducks dropped from a 6 seed to a 7 seed and go from playing in Austin, Texas last week to playing in the East in Auburn Hills(Washington, DC area) . The would face 10 seed Wichita State in the first round.
Day two would have the Ducks playing either 15th seed Montana or the more likely #2 seed Michigan out of the Big Ten.
Jan 12, 2013; Colorado Springs, CO, USA; Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
Other teams from the Pac 12 seeded in Lunardi’s list include UCLA facing Oklahoma in the Midwest(Lexington, Kentucky). The second round match for the Bruins would be either 15 seed Niagara or 2 seed Louisville.
In the South region, Cal, a 10 seed would face Butler in the first round in Philadelphia. Round 2 would feature either 15 Seed Princeton or 2 Seed Georgetown.
The West Regional(Los Angeles) features the most Pac 12 teams potentially in the field of 64. Of course, this is where Oregon would like to end up, as they would play closer to home. Teams projected in the West include 5 Seed Arizona facing off with 12 Seed Middle Tennessee in San Jose. 2nd Round matchup could feature either 13 seed Davidson or 3 seed Syracuse. In the Dayton Regional 11 seed Colorado would meet 6 Seed St. Louis. Round 2 looks like 15 Seed Long Beach State or 2 Seed Florida.
None of this is set and stone and will change as we get closer to next Sunday, Selection Sunday. From the looks of it the Pac 12 will have five teams in the NCAA Tournament. I find it interesting that of the Pac 12 teams in the brackets, Arizona has the highest seed at 5, followed by Oregon at 7 , UCLA at 7, Cal at 10, and Colorado at 11.
Oregon needs to win Saturday at Utah to win the Pac 12 Regular Season title, then set their sites on the Pac 12 Tournament. One game at a time from this point. They could still end up playing anywhere in the country, but as I’ve said before expect a few upsets in the upcoming Conference Tournaments across the country, and hope the Ducks aren’t a storyline in an early Pac 12 Tournament exit.
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