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Nov 14, 2011; Stanford CA, USA; Detailed view of the PAC 12 logo on the court before a preseason NIT game between the Southern Methodist Mustangs and the Colorado State Rams at Maples Pavilion. Colorado State defeated Southern Methodist 75-56. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

An Early Pac-12 Analysis

The Pac 12 is looking like a formidable conference once again. Coming off of a horrible season as a whole, the Pac 12 conference is playing a lot better early on this season.

The conference’s combined record up to now is 35-10, but more importantly the conference is getting some big wins and will have many more opportunities. Right now the biggest wins for the conference have come via the Colorado Buffaloes. The Buffs beat both Murray State and Baylor who should both be in the RPI top 50 at season’s end (a huge big dance indicator).

The entire conference is not looking great but the teams that could be dancing are looking good right now. Here is how it all looks right now:

In

Arizona: The Wildcats have taken care of business in the first 3 games of the season and have the right schedule to keep that going. With 7 games left before Pac 12 play starts the Wildcats will have 4 tough games, playing at Texas Tech, at Clemson, versus Florida, and possibly versus SDSU. The Wildcats are on track to claim a top spot in the NCAA tournament with some big wins.
UCLA: The Bruins lost to an underrated Georgetown team, but it was the first game for the Bruins with Muhammad. The Bruins should get better and better as the season progresses. The Bruins have games against SDSU, Texas and Missouri remaining to build their resume up for the NCAA tourney

Should be in
Colorado: The Buffaloes are the surprise of the Pac-12 season for a lot of people. For those of us who have seen this team play, they aren’t so much. Roberson and the sophomore backcourt have been great so far and with a game remaining at Kansas before conference play begins they have a chance to gather another big win.
California: The backcourt has been outstanding so far as advertised, so Cal is doing exactly what is expected. The team still has a lot to look forward to prior to conference play with games at Wisconsin, versus Creighton, and versus UNLV.

Bubble teams
Stanford: Stanford could get themselves up to the next level with a couple of big wins in the coming weeks but the loss to Belmont did not look good for the team. The Cardinal still have Missouri and NC State on their schedule so they could help themselves a lot before conference play starts.
Oregon: Oregon has possibly the biggest game of their season coming up at UNLV on Nov. 23rd. This team could be pretty good but it is hard to tell with the talent they are playing against. The Pac 12 will be much stronger and without a big pre conference win they might be caught looking at the dance.
Washington: I’m still going to put them on the bubble because I know better than to count them out. The Huskies already have 2 losses and only one game against a top 25 opponent left in the pre-conference schedule but that game is 9 games away. This team should get a little time to gel and always has the ability to make a Pac 12 run.

Out
All of the other teams in the Pac 12 will not be making a run at the NCAA tournament. ASU and USC may be the best of the rest but they are not good enough to make runs at a birth in the big dance.

Tags: Pac-12 Basketball

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