Conference champions are being determined and automatic bids clinched, so we’re taking a look at some of the lesser known teams making the NCAA Tournament.
It was a good day for the Bay Area in Las Vegas, as both the California and Stanford men’s basketball teams scored wins in the first round of their conference tournament. Cal beat Washington State, and Stanford beat Washington. Both teams will play again on Thursday in Sin City—this time against better competition.
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The California men’s basketball team has a tough task ahead of it in the Pac-12 Tournament this week: Assuming the Golden Bears beat lowly Washington State in the first round of the tourney, they will get a shot at the best team in the conference. The Arizona Wildcats just beat the Bears by 39 points in Tucson, but stranger things have happened in the sports world than a big underdog getting revenge on the neighborhood bully.
The task is straightforward but not simple: The Stanford men’s basketball team has to win two games in the Pac-12 Tournament in order to advance to the NCAA Tournament. The Cardinal put themselves in this position by losing seven of their last 10 games.
The Stanford University women’s basketball team improved to 38-3 in the Pac-10/Pac-12 conference tournament all time, as the Cardinal defeated Bay Area rivals California in the final of the league championship event. The Golden Bears led at halftime, but they couldn’t hold off Stanford in the second half.
Both the California Golden Bears and the Stanford Cardinal lost their second matchup in three days with Arizona schools in Pac-12 play, and now it’s unlikely either team will make the NCAA Tournament—barring a miraculous run in the upcoming Pac-12 conference tournament.
It was a rough day for the three Bay Area schools in the West Coast Conference men’s basketball tournament: St. Mary’s College, Santa Clara University and the University of San Francisco all lost in the quarterfinals—with both SCU and USF putting up valiant efforts against top teams.
The University of San Francisco men’s basketball team won its opening-round game of the West Coast Conference Tournament, and now the Dons will face top-seeded Gonzaga in the quarterfinals on Saturday in Las Vegas. The Bulldogs are ranked seventh in both major media polls this year with their 29-2 record. It would be a major upset if USF managed to beat Gonzaga.
Santa Clara joined San Francisco as the two winners in the first-round West Coast Conference tournament, and now both Bay Area teams get to take on giants Saturday in Las Vegas. The Broncos get to face the Brigham Young Cougars, while the Dons play the Gonzaga Bulldogs. Both local teams will be big underdogs, but that’s why they play the games. After all, anything can—and often does—happen in college basketball and March Madness.