As expected, Arizona lands No. 1 seed to lead trio of Pac-12 teams in NCAA Tournament – Colorado Daily

LAS VEGAS — If there were any Colorado fans left clinging to the impossible dream of seeing the Buffaloes earn a berth in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, that bubble officially burst with the reveal of the 68-team field Sunday after- noon.

A year after the Pac-12 conference turned heads with an impressive postseason among its five entrants, it will be a smaller contingent in the league at the 2022 tournament. Still, it’s a trio poised to produce a similar series.

Unsurprisingly, it was Arizona that led the way, as the Wildcats backed up their Pac-12 regular season title clincher by beating UCLA in the conference tournament title game on Saturday night. Arizona clinched the top seed in the South Region and a first-round date against Bryant or Wright State in San Diego. The Wildcats open play on Friday, which could buy some extra recovery time for point guard Kerr Kriisa, who sprained his ankle in the Pac-12 quarterfinals and missed the final two games of the tournament.

Arizona received the second seed behind Gonzaga. Kansas (Midwest) and defending national champion Baylor (East) won the other No. 1 seeds.

UCLA, a regular-season and tournament Pac-12 runner-up, received the No. 4 seed in the East Region and a first-round date against Akron. USC is the seventh seed in the Midwest region and, in a game that would have been a wonderful football showdown decades ago, the Trojans will face 10th seed Miami on Friday in Greenville, North Carolina. North.

Two other regular-season CU foes will also participate in the Big Dance. Tennessee, which won at Boulder on Dec. 4, is a No. 3 seed and will play Longwood in Indianapolis. And Montana State, which won the regular season title from Big Sky and beat former CU player Daylen Kountz and the Northern Colorado Bears in the conference championship game on Saturday, earned a No. 14 seed. with a first round game against Texas Tech in San Diego. .

The Buffs defeated Montana State in overtime at home in the season opener on Nov. 9.

Colorado State received a No. 6 seed and will face Michigan in Indianapolis. Wyoming, led by Centaurus graduate Jeff Linder, faces Indiana in a 68-game “first four” game Tuesday in Dayton, Ohio.

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