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
Utah 6 1 0 0.857 16 3 0 0.842
Arizona 6 1 0 0.857 18 2 0 0.900
Stanford 5 2 0 0.714 14 5 0 0.737
Oregon State 5 2 0 0.714 13 5 0 0.722
Oregon 4 3 0 0.571 14 6 0 0.700
UCLA 3 4 0 0.429 11 9 0 0.550
Colorado 3 4 0 0.429 10 8 0 0.556
Washington 3 4 0 0.429 14 5 0 0.737
Washington State 3 4 0 0.429 9 10 0 0.474
Arizona State 2 5 0 0.286 11 10 0 0.524
California 1 6 0 0.143 11 9 0 0.550
USC 1 6 0 0.143 9 10 0 0.474

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Oregon State at
Arizona State
1/28 6:00 pm
Oregon at
Arizona
1/28 8:00 pm
Stanford at
Washington
1/28 9:00 pm
Colorado at
USC
1/29 7:30 pm
Utah at
UCLA
1/29 8:00 pm
California at
Washington State
1/29 9:00 pm
Oregon at
Arizona State
1/30 6:00 pm
Oregon State at
Arizona
1/30 8:00 pm
Stanford at
Washington State
1/31 6:00 pm
Colorado at
UCLA
1/31 8:30 pm
Utah at
USC
2/1 12:30 pm
California at
Washington
2/1 1:00 pm
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