Sifting through the wreckage of last night's results, it is stunning how this already crappy league has managed to further cannibalize itself in terms of its chances to land more than a single team into the NCAA tournament. At this point, I think the PAC should consider itself lucky that it still gets an automatic bid. Maybe the Ivy League deserves ours.
By virtue of their win total, Cal looks like it is pretty safely into the field, but Bubble Watch puts the rest of the At Large hopefuls on notice:
Oregon [22-9 (13-5), RPI: 49, SOS: 87] The Ducks entered Thursday's Pac-12 date with Colorado in definite need of a win. In fact, they needed more than that -- they needed the bubble to collapse, and they needed to push deep into the Pac-12 tournament, most likely to the final, which would have included a win over Cal.
Colorado 63 - Oregon 62.
Washington [21-10 (14-4), RPI: 57, SOS: 86] It's official: Washington fans have absolutely no right to complain about the Huskies' "lack of respect" in regard to their at-large NCAA tournament chances.
Thursday's second-round loss to Oregon State may well spell "NIT" for the Huskies. They have the regular-season conference title going for them and ... that's pretty much it. They're 1-8 against the RPI top 50, 4-8 against the top 100, 6-8 away from their own building, with an RPI outside the top 50.
Another great coaching job, Lorenzo. Oregon St. 86 - Washington 84. Pop.
Arizona [22-10 (12-6), RPI: 79, SOS: 131] The Wildcats are still a long-shot to get into the NCAA tournament, but give them credit for doing something Washington couldn't do (and against a better opponent, too): avoid a loss in their first Pac-12 tournament game.
While UW's loss may damage a fellow bubble contender, it also robs the Wildcats of a bigger win than they would have had otherwise; now that they're meeting Oregon State in the semis, well, what good will that do exactly? Arizona definitely needs to win Friday, but will that be enough for a team with an RPI in the low 70s? An auto-bid is starting to look like the only course forward.
Dat RPI. Arizona now takes our spot on the Golden Road to the final, which got even easier with Washington out. But with an RPI like that, it looks like UA could very well be the last chance for the PAthetiC-12 to avoid being one bid.
And the worst part of all? We lost 8 times to members of this garbage conference. Let that sink in next time you hear some moron tell you about our "improvement" this season.