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A look at the latest NCAA Tournament projections ahead of the Pac-12 Tournament

Feb 28, 2022

As conference tournaments begin, college basketball experts are forecasting another strong showing for the Conference of Champions at the 2022 NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments.

Four major men’s tournament bracketologists — ESPN’s Joe Lunardi, CBS’s Jerry Palm, NCAA.com’s Andy Katz, and USA Today's Shelby Mast and Scott Gleeson— all believe that UCLA, USC, and Arizona are comfortably in line to punch their tickets to the Big Dance.

No. 2 Arizona, the Pac-12 regular-season champion, is on track to be the Conference's first men's basketball 1-seed since 2016, while pundits agree that No. 16 USC and No. 17 UCLA will earn high seeds as well. 

As it currently stands, Oregon is on the bubble. A strong showing at the Pac-12 Tournament would almost certainly ensure the Ducks a March Madness invitation.

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 NCAA.com's Andy Katz

USA Today's Shelby Mast & Scott Gleeson

Arizona 1 1 1 1
UCLA 4 5 5 4
USC 6 6 6 6
Oregon First Four Out First Four Out First Four Out Next Four Out
         

On the women's side, the NCAA's most recent unveiling officially showed that Stanford (2) and Arizona (11) are on track to earn a top-16 national seed.

Meanwhile, ESPN’s Charlie Creme and NCAA.com's Autumn Johnson project between six Pac-12 teams will qualify for the NCAA tournament. No. 2 Stanford brings an undefeated conference record into the Pac-12 Tournament. The Cardinal is looking to lock up its second straight Pac-12 tournament championship, and fourth in the past six years. 

If the bracketologists are correct, Colorado will qualify for its first NCAA Tournament since 2013 and Utah will make it for the first time since 2011. 

Women's Bracket Projections

Team ESPN's Charlie Creme NCAA.com's Autumn Johnson
Stanford 1 1
Arizona 3 3
Oregon 5 6
Colorado 8 9
Utah 9 10
Washington State 10 9
     

The Pac-12 Women's Basketball Tournament gets started on Wednesday, March 2 in Las Vegas with the champion being crowned on Saturday, March 6. The Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament will follow on March 9-12. Tickets are still available for both event. 

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