Day two of the Pac-12 Tournament has arrived, and with it come opportunities for all eight teams still remaining.
The Arizona Wildcats can avenge a painful loss from just two weeks ago, go to the tournament semi-finals for a sixth consecutive year, and get a win over an expected NCAA tournament team. Surely, a win over the Colorado Buffaloes would help Arizona on Selection Sunday. Arizona enters today as a projected 5-seed.
With a win today, some teams can solidify their position, others can leave remove any doubt that they belong, and one can throw its name back in the hat. This much is sure and, as of now, seven Pac-12 teams are in the field and they're set to battle it out today. Here is today's bracket:
One of the most highly debated bubble teams in the NCAA bracket right now is the Oregon State Beavers. After last night's definitive first round victory over the Arizona State Sun Devils, and with the help of a Syracuse loss, OSU is currently in the field. It can set itself apart with a great performance against the California Golden Bears in the Pac-12 tournament's night-cap.
The Washington Huskies find themselves in an interesting position. After a dominant win over Stanford yesterday, they square off against the Pac-12 regular season champion, Oregon Ducks. A win over Oregon on a neutral floor would launch Washington into the conversation for an at-large spot, and considering how well it played yesterday, it appears it has a chance of doing just that.
Other than Washington, the other seven Pac-12 teams competing today are currently in. With that, the Pac-12 and Big 12 share the lead for bids per conference. Though, after last night, the Big 12's seventh bid is one to watch with Texas Tech falling to lowly TCU. Texas Tech is still in the bracket as of now but with more teams playing over the next few days, the Red Raiders may need some luck to stick around.
Today's last four in: St. Mary's, Connecticut, Oregon State, Monmouth
Today's first four out: St. Bonaventure, Michigan, Syracuse, Tulsa
There's huge games all across the country today that could add some clarity to the bracket picture. Or, of course, we could be in store for some good, old fashioned madness.