The Arizona Wildcats didn't do themselves any favors on improving their projected NCAA tournament seed with a 13-point home loss to UCLA.
Last week's projections saw the Wildcats either as No. 6 or 7 seed in multiple brackets. The NCAA tournament selection committee revealed its top 16 seeds Saturday and didn't include Arizona, despite the Wildcats having favorable analytics in NET and KenPom.
While this week's seeding predictions aren't strikingly different than last week, it should be noted that more brackets had the Cats on the No. 7 line as opposed to a No. 6.
South Region: No. 6 Arizona vs. No. 11 Xavier (Tampa)
West Region: No. 7 Arizona vs. No. 10 Arkansas (Albany)
Midwest Region: No. 7 Arizona vs. No. 10 Northern Iowa (Cleveland)
West Region: No. 6 Arizona vs. No. 11 Wichita State (Cleveland)
NCAA.com's Andy Katz
Midwest Region: No. 5 Arizona vs. No. 12 Liberty (Sacramento)
(projection as of Feb. 8)
Midwest Region: No. 7 Arizona vs. No. 10 Purdue
East Region: No. 7 Arizona vs. No. 10 Purdue (Greensboro)
Alec has been with the Star since October 2019. He’s currently a senior at the University of Arizona and previously worked as sports editor for the Arizona Daily Wildcat.