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Pac-12: Arizona's NCAA draw good for fans

First Published      Last Updated Mar 16 2014 06:27 pm

Selection Sunday went pretty much as expected for the Pac-12, with six teams receiving NCAA Tournament bids and little surprise in their seeding.

The conference drew No. 1 (Arizona), No. 4 (UCLA), No. 7 (Oregon), No. 8 (Colorado) and No. 10 (Stanford and Arizona State) seeds. Colorado probably was treated the best, in comparison to projections, and there's an argument that Oregon got the biggest break, facing a No. 10-seeded BYU team that's missing Kyle Collinsworth with a knee injury.

Even after losing the Pac-12 tournament championship game to UCLA, Arizona was assigned to favorable destinations. The Wildcats will play in San Diego (opening vs. Weber State) this week and then would move to Anaheim for the Sweet 16, accommodating their loyal fans.


p class="TEXT_w_Indent">UCLA will be intriguing to watch, after the Bruins played phenomenal basketball in the Pac-12 tournament. The Bruins will face No. 13 seed Tulsa, a year after coach Steve Alford's former New Mexico team lost to No. 14 seed Harvard in Salt Lake City.

Meanwhile, No. 7 seed New Mexico meets Stanford, and No. 10 seed Arizona State faces Texas. Colorado is the only Pac-12 team that's playing an Eastern opponent, Pittsburgh. The Panthers looked bad in Salt Lake City last March, but that performance was made more tolerable by how good Wichita State turned out to be.