Posted: 6:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 19, 2013
By Avinash Kunnath
Did any Pac-12 teams deserve a better seed? Did any Pac-12 teams deserve a worse seed?
Norcalnick, California Golden Blogs: Well, I guess that very much depends on what you mean by ‘deserve.' By the committee's own rules, every Pac-12 team other than Oregon got what they deserved, in that their resumes roughly aligned with the seeds they were given. The committee hasn't said why Oregon got an 11 (procedurally bumped to a 12) and I suspect they never will.
Watching the conference all season, I feel like the five teams that made the tourney all played like 7 seeds all year long during conference play. Maybe Colorado was more of a 9 or 10, which is a pretty academic distinction. For the most part, differentiating between the teams at the top became an exercise in splitting hairs. But that's just my personal eye test.
Jack Follman, Pacific Takes: Oregon deserved a better seed and not like a spot or two better, like five or six spots better. I know the Pac-12 has caught a lot of flack lately, but with how the conference played out of conference this year, having the tournament champion seeded so poorly isn't fair, especially when you have a school like Creighton getting a 7 and UNLV, who they beat a 5. I thought UCLA might have been just a touch overseeded, especially without Jordan Adams. How do you seed UCLA a 6 and Oregon a 12, especially when Oregon was 2-0 against the Bruins?
David Piper, Addicted to Quack: Oregon is the obvious answer here. I was absolutely flabbergasted when I saw at 12 next to Oregon on my TV screen and, apparently, the analysts were, too. It's absurd, especially when you compare to a team like UCLA getting a 6. That said, it may work in Oregon's favor as they get to stay out west in San Jose, and have a path to the Sweet Sixteen that doesn't involve beating a top three seed. I'm not saying I would pick them to go that far, but it's more plausible than if they were an 8 and had to face Louisville or Indiana in round two.
Gekko Mojo, UW Dawg Pound: I didn't really have any problems with the seedings. The Pac 12 has a reputation problem and it will likely take a few years of decent out of conference / NCAA tournament performances to work our way out of it. I'm not sure why people are so surprised by an Oregon 11 / 12 seed when, in reality, they were a bubble team altogether failed to get past Washington in the P12 Tournament. Arizona and UCLA at 6 feel ok, if not somewhat generous given teams like NC State, North Carolina, Creighton and Notre Dame came behind them. Cal and Colorado feel hard to argue with.