Bracketology: Pac-12 Edition

It looks like the Pac-12 is a lock to get at least four teams into the tournament. With that said, let’s see where Pac-12 teams could find themselves come March Madness.

Stanford (26-2, 15-1) LOCK

Predicted Seed: 1

The Cardinal should get the last number one seed after Baylor, Notre Dame and Connecticut, and a chance to play in Spokane for the regional semifinals and finals.

California (25-2, 15-1) LOCK

Predicted Seed: 2

It would take a loss or two from Duke and another win over Stanford in the Pac-12 tournament for California get a number one seed. I’d love to see Cal and Stanford both end up in the Spokane region.

UCLA (21-6, 12-4) LOCK

Predicted Seed: 4

I think it would take a major run in the Pac-12 tournament for the Bruins to get up to the three line.

Colorado (22-5, 11-5) LOCK

Predicted Seed: 4

The schedule has worked in Colorado’s favor for the last several weeks. If the Buffs get wins at Oregon and Oregon State, they’ll enter the Pac-12 tournament having won their last nine games.

Washington (19-8, 11-5) BUBBLE

The Huskies have had a really solid Pac-12 season, save a rather disappointing loss at the hands of a pesky Utah Utes team last Friday. However, their low RPI will likely leave them on the outside looking come selection Monday.

Pac-12 Week 6 Power Rankings

1) Stanford (9-1)

Stanford stays at number one after a pair of convincing wins over the Oregon schools. Tara VanDerveer celebrated another milestone with her 400th win in Pac-12 conference play.

Last Week: 1

Up Next: Arizona and Arizona State

2) California (9-1)

A huge defensive weekend sparked the Bears to two wins over Oregon State and Oregon.

Last Week: 2

Up Next: Arizona State and Arizona

3) UCLA (8-2)

The Bruins looks awfully impressive in their win on Friday over Colorado. They followed it up nicely with another big win over Utah. Markel Walker is one of the best players on the west coast.

Last Week: 3

Up Next: at Washington and Washington State

4) Colorado (5-5)

After a bad loss at UCLA, the Buffs picked it up with a double-digit win at Southern California. Even though they are 5-5, they still  haven’t lost to a team outside of the top 20.

Last Week: 4

Up Next: Oregon State and Oregon

5) Washington (8-2)

The Huskies have played the weakest schedule to date in the Pac-12, but that will all change this Friday as the Huskies host UCLA. A win over the Bruins would certainly vault them over Colorado.

Last Week: 5

Up Next: UCLA and USC

6) Washington State (4-6)

After stumbling out of the blocks, June Daugherty’s Cougars have won three straight ballgames. It wouldn’t be too surprising if the Cougars made things tough for UCLA and USC on the road.

Last Week: 12

Up Next: USC and UCLA

7) USC (5-5)

Things seem to have gone downhill quickly for Michael Cooper’s Women of Troy. After blowing a very winnable game on the road against Cal, USC has dropped four out of five, the only win being against lowly Arizona.

Last Week: 6

Up Next: at Washington State and Washington

8) Oregon State (3-7)

The Beavers are one of three teams stuck at 3-7 in the conference. I’ll give OSU the nod as the best 3-7 team because they’ve lost so many close games, and they’ve played Stanford and Cal (the others haven’t).

Last Week: 7

Up Next: at Colorado and Utah

9) Arizona State (3-7)

The Sun Devils followed up their very competitive road games against the Los Angeles schools by laying an egg on their home floor against the Washington schools. Now they have to deal with the Bay Area.

Last Week: 8

Up Next: at California and Stanford

10) Utah (2-8)

The Utes got a huge victory against USC, but got smacked by a very good UCLA team. Losing Wicijowski is going to hurt this team in the long run, but I don’t think they’re worse than Arizona.

Last Week: 9

Up Next: Oregon and Oregon State

11) Arizona (3-7)

The Wildcats appear to be in free fall, dropping a league-high five straight games. Look for that number to increase to seven after this weekend.

Last Week: 10

Up Next: at Stanford and California

12) Oregon (1-9)

The Ducks showed a little swagger against Stanford and I’m tempted to put them above a dismal Arizona squad… but I’m not going to. Oregon is simply dreadful.

Last Week: 11

Up Next: at Utah and Colorado

Friday’s Prime Time Performers

Utah’s Iwalani Rodrigues and UCLA’s Markel Walker are Friday’s Pac-12 Prime Time Performers.

Rodrigues scored a game-high 23 points, as Utah traveled to Los Angeles to defeat the USC Women of Troy. Rodrigues stepped up to fill the void left by Taryn Wicijowski, who is sidelined with a torn meniscus.

Walker contributed 17 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists, as No. 19 UCLA toppled No. 22 Colorado 62-46. Walker was a perfect 6-of-6 from the field, bouncing back nicely from a back injury that sidelined her last weekend.

Week 5 Pac-12 Predictions: Sunday’s Games

Colorado @ USC (10:00 a.m., Pac-12 Network)

Colorado played easily their worst game of their season on Friday against UCLA. USC is also coming off a tough three-point loss to a scrappy Utah team. This contest will be all about who can bounce back from disappointment the quickest.

Winner: USC

Washington @ Arizona State (10:00 a.m., Pac-12 Network)

Washington is on a roll, having won their last five contests, and carrying a 7-2 Pac-12 record. The Sun Devils followed up some good performances in Southern California by laying an egg on their own home court, getting blown out by Washington State on Friday. Look for Washington to advance to 8-2 on Sunday.

Winner: Washington

Utah @ UCLA (12:30, Live Stream)

After sitting out last weekend’s games with a back injury, Markel Walker nearly recorded a triple double against Colorado, finishing with 17 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists. Additionally, Walker was a perfect 6-of-6 from the field. However, Utah will be looking to make it two in a row after an impressive victory at USC.

Winner: UCLA

California @ Oregon (1:00, Live Stream)

California played stellar defense on Friday, allowing only 38 points to Oregon State. The Ducks put up a pretty solid fight against Stanford, but still fell by 24 points. The Bears should feel pretty comfortable about their chances to advance to 9-1 in conference, even if they are without the services of Reshanda Gray for the second straight game.

Washington State @ Arizona (1:00, Live Stream)

After starting conference play 1-6, Washington State will all of a sudden be looking for their third-straight Pac-12 win, after a dominating performance against Arizona State.

Winner: Washington State

Stanford @ Oregon State (2:00, Pac-12 Networks)

Tara VanDerveer will be looking for her 401st Pac-12 victory, after picking up number400 against Oregon on Friday night. Scott Rueck’s club had a hard time hitting shots against California, only scoring 38 points.

Winner: Stanford

Week 5 Pac-12 Predictions: Friday’s Games

Stanford @ Oregon (6:00, Pac-12 Networks)

Oregon finally got a taste of conference victory last Friday, knocking off Washington State. However, their competition Friday night will be much stiffer than anything they saw in Washington.

Winner: Stanford

Washington State @ Arizona State (6:00, Live Stream)

Arizona State is coming off a very impressive week, defeating USC in a monster second half comeback, and hanging tough with UCLA. This should be a very winnable game for the Sun Devils, in a weekend that could get them back to .500 in league play.

Winner: Arizona State

Washington @ Arizona (6:00, Live Stream)

With Jazmine Davis back in action for the Huskies, UW should feel pretty good about this game. However, Arizona will be thrilled to be back at home. If Kama Griffitts gets hot and Davellyn Whyte is her usual self, Washington could be in for quite a fight.

Winner: Arizona

California @ Oregon State (7:00, Live Stream)

The Beavers will have something to prove this weekend, after dropping two overtime decisions last week against the Washington schools. Cal will be pleased to finally see a team that isn’t in the top 20.

Winner: California

Utah @ USC (7:00, Live Stream)

Utah isn’t nearly as bad as their conference record (1-7) would indicated. Six of those seven losses have been at the hands of top-25 teams. Without Taryn Wicijowski in the post, Utah could have a hard time handling Cassie Harberts.

Winner: USC

Colorado @ UCLA (8:00, Pac-12 Networks)

The Buffs will no doubt be hungry for a win over a ranked Pac-12 team, as this is will likely be their last chance before the tournament. UCLA wasn’t outstanding last week in two wins over the Arizona schools. This could be Colorado’s chance.

Winner: Colorado

Record Last Week: 8-4