UA basketball: Cats slip to 18th in polls, may not get seed in West

2013-03-04T20:39:00Z UA basketball: Cats slip to 18th in polls, may not get seed in WestBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 04, 2013 8:39 pm  • 

Thanks to their front-loaded success this season, the Arizona Wildcats oddly could be a No. 4 seed in both the Pac-12 and NCAA basketball tournaments.

The Wildcats (23-6) dropped to fourth place in the conference race after losing at USC and UCLA last week, and they fell to No. 18 in both major polls Monday.

But while the Cats haven’t beaten a likely NCAA tournament-bound team in two months, their postseason résumé remains strong, partly because they beat highly rated Miami and Florida in December.

UA has an RPI of 13 and a Sagarin power rating of 25, suggesting a seeding in the 4 to 6 range.

Many bracket projections have the Wildcats seeded on the better end of that range, too: CBS’s Jerry Palm gives them a No. 3 seed, and a compilation done by the Bracket Project says the average seed given UA on Monday was 3.75. (ESPN’s “Bracketology” had UA at No. 4 in its last update, before the UA-UCLA game).

Arizona has been projected as high as a No. 2 seed this season, but coach Sean Miller said Saturday he didn’t know if the Cats were good enough to justify a No. 2.

“We may have played for a large part of the season at that level,” Miller said, “but at the end of the day … you look at us and we’re probably not one of the top eight teams in the country. Maybe we’re one of the top 25.

“I think for us it’s just about finishing strong and keeping things in perspective.”

Read more in Tuesday's Arizona Daily Star.

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Arizona 0 0 0 0.000 11 0 0 1.000
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 9 0 0 1.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 9 1 0 0.900
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 8 3 0 0.727
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 7 3 0 0.700
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 7 2 0 0.778
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 7 2 0 0.778
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 6 4 0 0.600
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 6 2 0 0.750
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 6 3 0 0.667
USC 0 0 0 0.000 6 4 0 0.600
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 4 6 0 0.400

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
DePaul at
Oregon State
12/18
Eastern Washington at
California
12/19 8:00 pm
Arizona at
UTEP
12/19 9:00 pm
Delaware State at
Oregon
12/20 1:00 pm
Lehigh at
Arizona State
12/20 7:00 pm
Oklahoma at
Washington
12/20 7:00 pm
DePaul at
Colorado
12/22 2:30 pm
UC-Santa Barbara at
Oregon
12/22 7:00 pm
Tulane at
Washington
12/22 9:00 pm
Detroit at
Arizona State
12/23 1:00 pm
Stanford at
Texas
12/23 5:00 pm
South Dakota State at
Utah
12/23 7:00 pm
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