NCAA Tournament projections: Oregon Ducks on collision course for Gonzaga

With two weeks left until Selection Sunday, the Oregon Ducks seem to be on a crash course for the no longer undefeated Gonzaga Bulldogs.  Here is how the experts project the Ducks, Zags and other teams from the Pac-12 will land for March Madness: ...

NCAA Tournament projections: Oregon Ducks on collision course for Gonzaga

With two weeks left until Selection Sunday, the Oregon Ducks seem to be on a crash course for the no longer undefeated Gonzaga Bulldogs. 

Here is how the experts project the Ducks, Zags and other teams from the Pac-12 will land for March Madness: 

Oregon

Record: 26-4 overall, 15-2 Pac-12 (1st place)

RPI: 7

KenPom: 17

Last week: Won at Cal and Stanford.

Projections: The Ducks are a two-seed at ESPN and CBS, with ESPN placing the Ducks at the No. 2 spot in Gonzaga's West Region, playing CSU Bakersfield in Sacramento. CBS has the same particulars, except for the Ducks are playing Oakland.

Arizona

Record: 26-4, 15-2 Pac-12 (2nd place)

RPI: 9

KenPom: 22

Last week: Beat USC and lost to UCLA at home.

Projections: Arizona dropped to a three-seed at ESPN playing Winthrop in Salt Lake City in the Midwest, while the Wildcats are a two in the Midwest at CBS, playing South Dakota in SLC.

UCLA

Record: 26-3, 8-3 Pac-12 (3rd place)

RPI: 15

KenPom: 13

Last week: Won at Arizona State and Arizona.

Projections: The Bruins improved to a three-seed at ESPN, facing Bucknell, in Sacramento, in the South Region. CBS puts the Bruins as a two-seed in the South, facing Bakersfield.

USC

Record: 21-8, 8-8 Pac-12 (6th place)

RPI: 36

KenPom: 68

Last week: Lost to Arizona and Arizona State on the road.

Projections: The Trojans fell to an 11-seed at ESPN, facing Creighton in the West Region. The Trojans are out at CBS.

Cal

Record: 19-9, 10-6 Pac-12 (3rd plae0

RPI: 51

KenPom: 48

Last week: Lost at home to Oregon. Beat Oregon State.

Projections: Cal remained an 11-seed at ESPN, facing Wisconsin in the East. The Bears at a 10 at CBS, facing Oklahoma State in the East.

Gonzaga

Record: 29-1, 17-1 WCC (1st place)

RPI: 12

KenPom: 1

Last week: Won at San Diego, Lost (!) at home against BYU.

Projections: Despite the loss, the Zags remain a one-seed, facing North Dakota in the West of both brackets.

-- Tyson Alger
talger@oregonian.com
@tysonalger

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