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Pac 10: Where's a Third Bid Coming From?

Posted on: December 6, 2009 11:28 pm

It appears the Pac 10 is this year’s SEC. Last season, Mississippi State had to win the SEC Tournament to get in and by doing so the Bulldogs saved the conference a lot of embarrassment.  For the Pac 10, it looks like Washington is in for sure. California is iffy, but still the second most solid team on paper. Where is a third (or fourth) tournament team coming from?

I don’t like picking on conferences. Actually, I’m totally against conference arguments. The comparisons between this year’s Pac 10 and last season’s SEC exist because there aren't multiple great teams in the Pac 10 this year. Last season that was the problem for the SEC’s teams. Since none of the bubble teams were able to pick up big wins outside of conference, every team was depending on winning games in conference to get into the NCAA Tournament. The problem was that there wasn’t a dominant team to get an impressive victory against.

The Pac 10 has the same problem. On paper, Washington is the dominant team in the conference. The Huskies should be a team you can get a big win against in conference play.  The problem is that there isn’t a Pac 10 team with a big out of conference win right now. The best wins the conference have are LSU (by Arizona State) and Iowa State (by California). Neither the Tigers or Cyclones are definite NCAA Tournament teams.

I realize it’s early, but time is running out during non-conference play to grab big wins. The entire conference needs to start grabbing some Ws to increase its national recognition before conference play begins. Once conference play starts, it’s too late to get national credibility as a conference.

The Rest of my breakdown on the Pac 10 | Bracketology: December 5th
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Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2009 3:47 pm

Pac 10: Where's a Third Bid Coming From?

Arizona State is going to be the third bid, just wait and see...

Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2009 3:39 pm

Pac 10: Where's a Third Bid Coming From?

History helps just a tiny bit.

Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2009 10:31 pm

Pac 10: Where's a Third Bid Coming From?

I thought USC would fair better than they have, but that hasn't been the best so far. They may could somehow make a run in it, but I don't see it. You never can overlook Arizona as well. The Wildcats are very capable of getting to the dance. A little history in your program never hurts you Wink

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