Oregon, California and possibly Colorado could be headed to the NCAA tournament, so clearly there’s some talent there.
Even the teams at the bottom half of the bracket pulled off some upsets during the regular season. Three of those came on the final weekend, when Washington State beat UCLA, Utah knocked off Oregon and Oregon State beat Colorado.
Colorado pulled off an upset of sorts by winning last year’s Pac-12 tournament and it wouldn’t be much of a surprise if there’s another this season the way the regular season played out.
“Everybody wants to be able to make the NCAA tournament. It’s so coveted,” Miller said. “There are so many teams that are close.”
For the teams that don’t get there, it would obviously be a disappointment for them and their fans. But, at least for the fans, they’ll be in a place that has plenty of other options to take their mind off it.
“In talking to our fans, they know they can go there for three or four days, and it’s a win-win situation,” Krystkowiak said. “They can enjoy watching basketball, but if their team (goes out), it’s still a fun place to be. It’s not like in Las Vegas you’ve got to figure out what to do with your time.”