Arizona Wildcats slip to No. 5 seed in ESPN projection

2013-03-05T17:04:00Z 2013-03-05T20:21:06Z Arizona Wildcats slip to No. 5 seed in ESPN projectionBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 05, 2013 5:04 pm  • 

ESPN's "Bracketology" update today moved Arizona down from a No. 4 to a No. 5 seed after its losses in Los Angeles last weekend, with a first game in San Jose, Calif. and chance to advance in the West Region. Selection committee chair Mike Bobinski has said 1-4 seeds will get preferred geographic placements.

It will be interesting to see how the Wildcats are treated because the committee has long reverted away from emphasizing late-season momentum to judging a team's entire season ... but Arizona has not beaten a likely tourney bound team since Jan. 3 (and that was the controversial Colorado win).

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Believe it or not, Utah is drawing the fourth-biggest crowds in the Pac-12 this season.

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Monty Poole says Cal is playing its fiercest basketball of the season since Mike Montgomery shoved Allen Crabbe.

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Oregon's Johnathan Loyd has been set back with an illness as the Ducks' backcourt continues to face adversity.

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ESPN has a rundown of top 2013 prospects' performances this season, with updates on Rondae Jefferson (or Jefferson-Hollis as he is switching to), Elliott Pitts and UA target Aaron Gordon.

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USC has talked to Tim Floyd about coming back.

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The Oregonian has lots of buzz about the Beavers' new look.

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Stu W asked on the previous discussion thread how much of Sean Miller's salary is base compensation. The short answer is that he gets $1.8 million from UA and another $400,000 from IMG for a total of $2.2 million guaranteed plus incentives. He also has a $100,000 annual escalator clause that will take him up to $2.6 million by 2016-17.

There are more details in this post from last June.

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