8 groups more likely to go to NCAA Event
The USC Trojans are doing very well. They’re successful a number of video games. They’ve a 16-5 document.
They should be located in a simple convention, proper? They’re making the most of weak opponents, proper?
Nothing may very well be farther from the reality.
In males’s school basketball, the Huge 12 has a great likelihood of placing eight of its 10 groups within the 2023 NCAA Event. That’s the gold commonplace amongst conferences. The Huge Ten may get 9, however that’s out of 14 groups, not 10. The Huge 12 may put 80 p.c of its groups into the sphere. That’s loopy.
In girls’s school basketball, the Pac-12 is poised to place two-thirds of its 12 groups into the sphere. Sure, eight groups at the moment are more likely to make the Huge Dance with USC within the means of solidifying a bid (not a lock, however now actually shut) and Washington State considerably enhancing its bubble resume. The Cougars have been close to the minimize line heading into the weekend, however they received at Arizona State after which beat No. 19 Arizona in Tucson. Wazzu bought star participant Charlisse Leger-Walker again in its lineup after she missed the USC and UCLA video games because of having to are likely to a non-public household matter in her native New Zealand. Leger-Walker was recent and rested for the Arizona recreation. She helped the Cougars upset the Wildcats, precisely the type of win WSU wanted to really feel a lot safer about making the NCAA Event.
Eight groups is a large haul for the Pac-12, reminding everybody that whereas soccer and males’s basketball are sometimes a wrestle for the Pac, girls’s basketball has been delivering the products for a while.
The opposite huge information story of the weekend in Pac-12 girls’s basketball is that with USC beating Colorado, the Buffaloes absorbed their third convention lack of the season, pushing them one recreation behind Utah for second place within the convention.
Stanford leads at 9-1 after sweeping the Oregon faculties. Utah is second at 8-2 after sweeping USC and UCLA. Colorado is third at 7-3. UCLA bought swept on its Mountain street journey to Colorado and Utah. Arizona misplaced to Washington State, which means that the Wildcats and Bruins are 6-4, additional faraway from the highest tier. That is now a three-team race on the most. Realistically, it’s now a two-team battle between Utah and Stanford.
Colorado isn’t out of the race, however the Buffs now have zero margin for error, and so they have a number of powerful video games left: at Oregon, at Arizona, house towards Stanford. This weekend separated the highest two from the remainder of the sphere, even whereas the Pac-12 seemingly elevated its NCAA Event bid rely.
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