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Arizona's No. 1 seed headlines three NCAA bids for Pac-12 Men's Basketball

Mar 13, 2022
Al Powers

2022 NCAA Tournament Bracket | 2022 National Invitation Tournament Bracket

SAN FRANCISCO - Regular-season and Conference tournament champion ARIZONA secured a No. 1 seed for the seventh time in program history to headline Pac-12 Men's Basketball's three bids for the 2022 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship. The Wildcats were joined in the field by No. 4 seed UCLA and No. 7 seed USC.

In total, six Pac-12 programs will participate in the postseason with three NCAA berths (Arizona, UCLA, USC) and three NIT bids (Colorado, Oregon, Washington State).

Arizona (31-3) earned the No. 2 overall seed and was placed in the South Region (San Antonio). The Wildcats will open play Friday in San Diego, Calif., against the winner of a First Four matchup between No. 16 seeds Bryant and Wright State.

It marks the 17th all-time No. 1 seed for Pac-12 programs since seeding began in 1979, first since Oregon in 2016. Of Arizona's now 36 all-time NCAA Tournament bids, seven have come as a No. 1 seed (1988, 1989, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2014).

With 31 wins, National Coach of the Year candidate Tommy Lloyd has set a new league record for victories by a first-year head coach, eclipsing the prior mark of 30 set by Oregon's John Warren in 1945; Lloyd will enter the postseason just three wins shy of equaling the NCAA record of 34 set by Bill Guthridge at North Carolina in 1997-98.

UCLA (25-7) landed a No. 4 seed in the East Region (Philadelphia) and will begin its quest for a return trip to the Final Four in Portland, Ore., against No. 13 seed Akron on Thursday.

It's the 13th career NCAA Tournament appearance for head coach Mick Cronin, including 11 consecutive trips dating to 2011 at Cincinnati.

USC (26-7) received a No. 7 seed in the Midwest Region (Chicago) and will meet No. 10 seed Miami (Fla.) in the First Round on Friday in Greenville, S.C.

It is the program-best fourth NCAA bid for the Trojans under head coach Andy Enfield, who recently signed a contract extension to remain at USC through the 2027-28 season

Additionally, COLORADO (21-11) earned a berth in the National Invitation Tournament as a No. 4 seed and will host St. Bonaventure in the First Round. It is the Buffaloes' 10th postseason appearance (5 NCAA, 4 NIT, 1 CBI) in 12 seasons under head coach Tad Boyle.

WASHINGTON STATE (19-14) earned its first postseason berth since 2012 (CBI) and first NIT bid since 2011 as a No. 4 seed with a home matchup against Santa Clara in the First Round. It is head coach Kyle Smith's fifth career postseason berth (2 CBI, 2 CIT), but first NIT bid.

OREGON (19-14) secured its 11th consecutive postseason bid under head coach Dana Altman (7 NCAA, 3 NIT, 1 CBI) and will travel to No. 4 seed Utah State for its opening NIT contest.