Bracketology: Competitive Pac-12 has seven teams in latest bracket

There is no change at the top of this week’s bracket after a relatively calm week at the top. I don’t expect too many of those calm weeks this season.


Jerry Palm’s projected bracket

There was some chaos not too far below that. Virginia, for example, had an especially bad week with losses at Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech.

Purdue and Louisville each took bad losses over the weekend as well. The Boilermakers have one of the best front lines in the country, but if they don’t get better guard play, it may all go to waste.

The Pac-12 is shaping up to be the most interesting conference to watch this season. Already, every team in the league has at least three losses on the season. Just two weeks into conference play, the only remaining undefeated team is Washington, which is why the Huskies are in the bracket.

Washington is one of seven Pac-12 teams in today’s bracket, but none are seeded higher than fifth. UCLA also shows up among the first four out. It could be that kind of year for the Pac-12. League favorite Arizona has been dealing with some injury issues this season. USC is playing above expectations and had a great week with a win over the Arizona schools. The only team in the league that has no realistic chance of making the NCAA tournament as an at-large team is Washington State. The other 11 won’t all get in, but it should be fun watching them try over the next couple of months.

Lorenzo Romar (USATSI)
Lorenzo Romar’s Washington Huskies are 3-0 in the Pac-12. (USATSI)


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