|Posted by Lobofan2003 on March 13, 2019 at 2:20 PM|
As mentioned, I am in Vegas ("LAS Vegas, please") for the MW and Pac-12 Tournaments. My background with the Pac-12 is that I grew up in Washington and watched quite a bit of Pac 12 sports in my childhood; I was a Huskies fan as a kid. I have many friends that went to UW and still pull for them, but I am going to completely unbiased in my analysis here.
Player to Watch: Matisse Thybulle; Washington - The back-to-back Pac 12 defensive player of the year is a nightmare for the other team. If the Huskies are going to win this tournament it is going to be because they lock down in the 2-3 zone
Storyline: This conference tournament is wide open. Despite the fact that Washington won the league regular season by multiple games, they struggled down the stretch losing to Cal and Oregon. The other storyline from this Tournament is the downward trajectory of the league and how many teams will make the NCAA tournament. Right now it looks like 2 teams from the Pac-12 will make the tournament with Washington in and Arizona State on the bubble. If one of the Top 2 doesn't win the conference tournament, could the league get 3 teams in? If Washington wins and Arizona State bows out early, could the Pac-12 be a 1-bid league?
Predictions: Good luck predicting this tournament. I am confident that chaos will happen. I won't be shocked if UW wins the tournament, but I expect the winner to come from the field if you are asking me to take UW, Arizona State or the field. Colorado and Oregon come into the tournament as the hottest teams in the league (although you could argue 12th place Cal is in that group as well with wins over UW and Stanford). I believe that coaching will be the difference in this tournament and I am not going to bet against Dana Altman, give me Oregon to win the tournament.