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Selection Sunday is just days away and in this week's episode, national college basketball analytics expert Ken Pomeroy joins DeseretNews.com writer Carter Williams in Las Vegas to answer questions about the Pac-12 Tournament, where Utah, California, Oregon and Arizona each advanced to the semifinals.
Pomeroy also discusses the NCAA teams in the Pac-12 and across the country on the bubble and who he believes will get in and who can make an impact within the Pac-12 and country. That includes bubble teams such as Wichita State, Monmouth, Valparaiso and Syracuse.
"The committee is tasked to pick the 36 best at-large teams. Now to me, that means the last team in is going to beat the first team out in a seven-game series. The president has been set; that's not really what theyre trying to do. There is some sort of blend between best and accomplishment," Pomeroy says, explaining how he thinks the selection committee should select its tournament field.
It has been a wild ride during the conference tournament season, where teams other than the No. 1 seed won 11 of the first 12 conference tournaments played. Will that upset-heavy trend carry into the NCAA Tournament?
"You're seeing some of the top teams separate themselves. I would expect a few more upsets this year, but whether it's true and total chaos and you get an No. 8 seed in the Final Four or something like that is still to be determined. Even though the one seeds are weak — like three and four seeds are pretty strong relatively speaking — I still think the teams that will advance far are going to come from the top four seed lines."
But that doesn't necessarily mean this year's wild regular season won't carry over into March Madness.
"In some sense there's a lot of parity in that there's a lot of parity in those one through four seed lines," Pomeroy adds. "I don't think it really matters if you get a one seed or a four seed, really. Those teams are going to be so even."
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