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Bracketologists pencil in 10 Pac-12 teams for March Madness with one month to go

Feb 14, 2022

With conference championships just around the corner, bracketologists are gaining more confidence in their predictions for the the 2022 NCAA men's and women's tournaments. And if the current forecasts are correct, the Pac-12 should expect another strong showing on college basketball's biggest stage.

Four major men’s tournament bracketologists — ESPN’s Joe Lunardi, CBS’s Jerry Palm,’s Andy Katz,  and USA Today's Shelby Mast and Scott Gleeson— have released recent bracket predictions, and all believe that UCLA, USC, and Arizona are comfortably in line to get in. No. 3 Arizona is on track for a one-seed, while some project No. 13 UCLA as a three-seed.

Three of the four bracketologists also believe Oregon will make the field.

Pac-12 Network analyst Matt Muehlenbach recently broke down each Pac-12 teams' outlook and why a bubble team like Washington State could sneak in.

And if Oregon State taught us anything last season, it's that anything can happen at the Pac-12 Tournament, where the winner receives an automatic bid to NCAAs. 

Men's Bracket Projections

Team ESPN's Joe Lunardi CBS's Jerry Palm's Andy Katz

USA Today's Shelby Mast & Scott Gleeson

Arizona 1 1 1
UCLA 3 5 6 3
USC 7 8 5 6
Oregon 10 12 8 N/A

On the women's side, ESPN’s Charlie Creme expects six Pac-12 teams to qualify for the NCAA tournament but leaves room for as many as eight. No. 2 Stanford, the reigning national champion, has looked particularly dominant of late, winning 13 straight games and holding a perfect 12-0 record in conference play.

The Cardinal is aiming to become the first repeat champion since UConn in 2015-16.

Women's Bracket Projections

Team ESPN's Charlie Creme
Stanford 1
Arizona 2
Oregon 4
Utah 8
Colorado 10
Arizona State 12
Oregon State First Team Out
UCLA Next Four Out

The Pac-12 seasons will culminate in the Pac-12 tournaments, which will take place on March 2-6 (Women's) and March 9-12 (Men's) in Las Vegas. NCAAs will follow, with the men's tournament beginning March 15 and the women's tipping off on March 18.

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