With January ending rapidly and February being the shortest month of the year, March is right around the corner. Pac-12 basketball teams have about 10-12 games left in the regular season, which will fly by. Let’s get ahead of the MADNESS of March and take a deep dive into how many Pac-12 teams could realistically make the tourney; and how far could they go? Where is the ceiling for these teams.
How Many Teams Can Make the Tournament?
Of course the team that wins the Pac-12 tournament gets an automatic bid into the tourney, which could be a number of teams in this conference which is strong top to bottom.
At the moment, the projections have only three schools from the Pac-12 in the field of play. You have UCLA as a 2 seed along with Arizona also holding a 2 seed ranking. (these projections are as of 01/23/2023)
Arizona State is projected to be one of the last four teams into the tournament and will have to play their way into the field of 64.
Can This Change?
Over the next 5 weeks, anything can happen, especially in this conference. Teams like USC or Oregon can heat up and go on a 6-7 game win streak, upping there stock a little bit.
My best guess at this moment, 4 teams maximum from the Pac-12 will make the tournament; with 3 teams feeling like the right number.
Arizona State is the one team in control of their destiny the most. Barring a bad loss, as long as the Sun Devils can stay consistent and put together some wins down the stretch of February, they can play their way into a higher seed.
With them being on the fringe of the tournament projections, every game will be a big one. I broke down their remaining schedule here:
We will continue to cover this road to March Madness here at Burn City Sports.
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Rowan Donaghey is a NCAAB insider, MLB insider, NHL insider, Betting insider and breaking news reporter for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on twitter via @RowanDonaghey