January 06, 2015

New Year Bracketology

Charlie Creme (espnW) has published his opinion of the results of the 2014 non-conference season in his first bracket of the year.

He has seven Pac-12 teams in the bracket with these seedings and evaluation:

3 Oregon State
If last year's second-round NCAA tournament appearance didn't do it, this season's win at North Carolina certainly announced the Beavers' arrival to the national forefront.
4 Arizona State
The Sun Devils had a solid but under-the-radar nonconference season. They caught everyone's attention with a resounding win over Washington in their Pac-12 opener.
5 Stanford
After the win over UConn, the Cardinal have looked fairly ordinary, and it might be difficult to win at least a share of a 15th straight Pac-12 title. The new offense is still struggling to take shape.
5 California
The Bears have stumbled since losing Courtney Range to a knee injury and are relying on Brittany Boyd more than ever.
7 Washington
With 25.8 PPG on better than 50 percent shooting from the field, Kelsey Plum might be the most efficient scoring guard in the country.
10 Washington State
The Cougars have nonconference wins over Maryland, Gonzaga and Dayton, résumé-builders that could be big in March.
10 Southern California
Despite the dismissal of last season's leading scorer, Ariya Crook, a month before the season started, the Trojans are off to a solid start. Four starters are scoring in double figures.
Click here for the complete bracket.

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