March Madness is here.
Despite being repeatedly called a one-bid league, the Pac-12 will be sending two teams (No. 11 seed Colorado and No. 12 seed California) to the 2012 NCAA basketball tournament. The Cal Bears were one of the last four teams on the 2012 NCAA basketball tournament bracket.
The Pac-12 regular-season champion, Washington, did not receive an NCAA tournament at-large bid. Washington received a No. 1 seed in the NIT, where the Huskies will be facing No. 8 seed Texas-Arlington on March 13. It was the first time since more than one team per conference has been allowed in the NCAA basketball tournament that a Pac-12 regular-season champion failed to get in the Big Dance.
Additional Pac-12 teams in the 2012 NIT include: No. 1 seed Arizona, No. 3 seed Oregon, and No. 3 seed Stanford.
The winner of the Pac-12’s automatic NCAA tournament bid, Colorado, got in as a No. 11 seed in the South region. The Buffaloes will be going up against No. 6 seed UNLV in the second round. The UNLV Runnin’ Rebels finished the season ranked No. 20 in the AP Top 25. UNLV beat the Cal Bears 85-68 earlier this season.
The Cal Bears got in the 2012 NCAA basketball tournament with an at-large bid and a No. 12 seed. The Bears will be playing in the NCAA tournament first round. Cal will be going up against No. 12 seed South Florida. The winner of that match will go on to play No. 5 seed Temple in the Midwest region second round.
To help you fill out those all-important NCAA brackets, here is a preview, including team stats and assessments for the two Pac-12 teams in 2012’s Big Dance.