NCAA Tournament Brackets: Why the Pac-12 Deserves Two Teams in the Big Dance

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NCAA Tournament Brackets: Why the Pac-12 Deserves Two Teams in the Big Dance
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March Madness is upon us.

With Selection Sunday only two days away, NCAA tournament 2012 brackets will be soon be filled out. In a twist of events, from a conference that typically identifies clear choices for the NCAA tournament early on, there is continuing debate about just how many bids the Pac-12 should receive. 

Next year, the Pac-12 tournament looks to be following Tim Tebow's lead and is heading to Sin City. That's right, what happens in Vegas, gets nationally televised from the 2013 Pac-12 basketball tournament.

The 2012 Pac-12 basketball tournament is currently going on in Los Angeles. The championship game on Saturday will determine who receives the Pac-12's automatic bid.

Almost fittingly for this season, No. 1 seed Washington was knocked out in the second round. An early tournament loss doesn't help matters much in the bid argument for the Huskies, who were the Pac-12 regular-season champions.

Regardless of how things work out, Cal will receive an NCAA bid. Washington has a good shot at an at-large, but no guarantee. Colorado and Arizona's best chances are to win the conference tournament and the automatic bid. Oregon State's (coached by President Obama's brother-in-law) only shot would be winning the conference tournament.

I would love to see a situation in which Cal, Washington and Arizona all get bids. However, that would really depend on Arizona's remaining conference tournament play.

Here are the reasons why the Pac-12 deserves at least two teams in the Big Dance.

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