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NCAA Tournament 2013: Pac-12 Snubs on Selection Sunday – Oregon Ducks
- Updated: March 18, 2013
Five teams from the Pac-12 Conference received good news on Selection Sunday and made it to the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
While Arizona State had a case for potentially making it to this year’s tournament, the top five teams from the conference deservedly made it to the field of 68. Despite having five representatives from the conference with only two ranked teams, one of these teams were snubbed in the form of the seed they received on Sunday.
Despite several bad losses to start the year, the UCLA Bruins received a favorable No. 6 seed. Up against the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the Round of 64, they could definitely make some noise in the South region.
The Arizona Wildcats also fared well with a six seed despite an early exit in the Pac-12 Conference Tournament in Las Vegas. Up against a dangerous sleeper team in the Belmont Bruins, they would face a mid-major team in the Round of 32 if they were to advance.
Despite just having a 10-8 conference record, the Colorado Buffaloes made it into the tourney as a No. 10 seed against the Illinois Fighting Illini. An unknown as to whether they’d make the tournament, Illinois is not viewed as one of the more dangerous teams in the field, meaning Colorado could do well in this matchup.
While the California Golden Bears’ No. 12 seed may be viewed as unfortunate, the Bay Area team did receive a favorable draw in terms of home field advantage. Playing in San Jose on Thursday, they do face a good UNLV Running’ Rebels featuring Anthony Bennett, but could pull off the upset given their favorable placement in the bracket.
The one big snub for the Pac-12 on Selection Sunday was the Oregon Ducks. Despite winning the Pac-12 Conference Tournament, the Ducks are the No. 12 seed in the Midwest Region and will face the Oklahoma State Cowboys, the fourteenth-best team in the nation according to AP Top 25 poll.
When comparing them to the Pac-12 teams who did receive higher seeds, it begs to question why the conference champion, despite needed a late postseason surge for the automatic bid, are ranked so low? While not every team can receive their ideal placement due to bracketing rules, Oregon was unjustly snubbed on Selection Sunday.
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