Stanford (4-4) may be on break but the Pac-12 is plenty busy this week and there have been a number of results and games to come that have significant implications for the Cardinal. It’s always good to get a wide-lens shot of what’s happening on the CoC as the perception and the performance of Stanford’s conference brethren is now something with a great impact on Stanford’s chances of making a serious push at the NCAA Tournament. We’ll talk about some of the key results, stats, and stories from around the Pac-12 and we’ll get into their Stanford implications. So let’s unfurl the whip and get cracking!
The Pac-12 is currently ranked as the #6 league in the country by Jeff Sagarin. Joe Lunardi’s most recent Bracketology includes three Pac-12 teams in the NCAA Tournament bracket. Arizona State and Oregon are slotted as 8-seeds and UCLA is among the last four in as an 11-seed. Arizona is among the first four out and that’s after their big road win in Storrs last weekend.
Stanford Implications: The Cardinal have seven games against those three teams but as their seedings show, they are sitting in that icky range of being “good” but not “great” wins at the moment. Stanford gets the Ducks only once (In Eugene) and has the other three home and home, including the L.A. schools to open Pac-12 play and then they welcome the Arizona schools to Maples the following week. We will know awfully early in the league season just how realistic Stanford’s tourney prospects are.
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