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Pac-10 Basketball Tournament: NCAA Bracketology Implications

Chris Dobbertean for SB Nation and Joe Lunardi for ESPN both released their latest brackets, and both have nearly identical predictions for Pac-10 qualifiers. Three teams will make it, while everyone else will be sitting this one out.

Arizona Wildcats: Dobbertean has them as a fifth seed in the Southwest Regional in Denver facing off against the Marquette Golden Eagles/Virginia Tech Hokies winner; Lunardi has them as a fifth seed also, but in the West regional in Washington DC playing against the Michigan St. Spartans/Virginia Tech winner (remember the tournament has expanded to 68 teams).

UCLA Bruins: Dobbertean has them as an eighth seed in the Southeast Regional in Washington DC playing the Tennessee Volunteers. Lunardi has them as a seventh seed in the East Regional in Chicago, playing against the St. Mary's Gaels.

Washington Huskies: Dobbertean has dropped them all the way to the tenth seed in the West Regional, and they would face the seventh seeded Florida St. Seminoles in Tucson. Lunardi has also dropped them to a tenth seed in the Southwest Regional, playing the Cincinnati Bearcats. Safe to say that their hopes of dancing are on thin ice.

What IS interesting is that two other Pac-10 teams are suddenly back on the bubble.

USC Trojans: Dobbertean has the Men of Troy as the 72st bid in his First Four Out. Lunardi has them 71st.

Washington St. Cougars: Dobbertean has Ken Bone's team 76th in his Next Four Out. Lunardi has them 74th.

What could both these teams do to get into the tournament conversation? More on that in a bit.