California 'Cats, get your wallets ready.
The NCAA's annual mock bracket selection put on my media members projects that the Arizona Wildcats will be a No. 1 seed and be placed in the West Regional, which ends in Anaheim, Calif.
We send Syracuse to NY, Arizona to Anaheim, Wichita State to Indy and Florida to Memphis for top-seed sites. #MockSelection— Kirk Wessler (@KirkWessler) February 14, 2014
Media members gathered to run through the selection process that will be more official on Selection Sunday, and they finished up their brackets on Friday (more on the process here). While the exercise uses where each team stands today, it does gives Arizona hope it'll be playing close to home if it keeps up the winning.
There are seven Pac-12 games left, starting with a rivalry showdown Friday against the ASU Sun Devils. Plus, there's the Pac-12 Tournament thereafter. But it's never too early to start planning for March Madness.
This news isn't especially surprising. Sean Miller's No. 2 squad is listed as the No. 1 seed in the West Regional by Joe Lunardi of ESPN, Jerry Palm over at CBS Sports and SB Nation's Chris Dobbertean. In this scenario, the Wildcats would start out in second-round play in the field of 68 with games in San Diego before moving to Anaheim for the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight rounds should they advance.
Obviously, the strong alumni base in southern California bodes well for Arizona, and it did just that for the Wildcats' Elite Eight run in 2011.
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