clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Selection Sunday Open Thread

After a one year absence, Ben Howland and the Bruins are back in the tournament, but where will they be sent? (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
After a one year absence, Ben Howland and the Bruins are back in the tournament, but where will they be sent? (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Getty Images

Depending on whose bracket predictions you believe, UCLA will be an eight, nine or 10 seed when the selection committee releases their bracket on CBS at 3 pm PST. The shame in all of this is that showing up against Oregon could have moved the Bruins into a seven or even six seed, which would be huge. Of course, that's without getting into games earlier in the season.

Let's leave all the what ifs for another time though. Selection Sunday is one of the most fun days of the year and is the official start of March Madness, which is the best time of year. If you want to see what the "experts" are predicting for the Bruins, we have ESPN predicting the an eight seed against Old Dominion in Cleveland, Sports Illustrated saying a nine seed against Utah St. in Tulsa, Yahoo/Rivals predicting a nine seed and SBN guessing that the Bruins will be shipped across the country to Tampa Bay to play Temple.

As for the rest of the Pac-10, Arizona and Washington are in along with the Bruins, but USC remains on that bubble. If the Trojans do manage to get into the tournament, they'll almost undoubtedly be in one of the new "first four" games on Tuesday or Wednesday night. Why we have these "first four" games, none of us know. Okay, we do, it's for the money and to appease the new TV partners, but they still are awful. Now, we all either have to have our brackets done by Tuesday afternoon or if we wait until Thursday then we know who wins those opening games and we have to get it done all on Wednesday night when the last "first four" game is over.

So it's the best time of year and we're wondering where the Bruins will be. Wherever UCLA goes, they will almost assuredly be far away and against a team that is anything but a cakewalk, although for this team nothing is a cakewalk. March Madness is upon us so join in here with your predictions, observations, thoughts and whatever else (mine is to keep an eye on Belmont as an upset). This is your open thread so have fun with it.