Beard + Playoffs = Unstoppable
In gambling, the favorites are "chalk." In the 2012 Pac-12 Tournament, the chalk has become dust.
/shows self out the door.
The Colorado Buffaloes and the Arizona Wildcats square off for an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. In a major conference rarity, both teams need to win this game to advance to the tourney, as neither has a worthy resume for an at-large bid. This game has the same stakes as the MEAC, America East, SWAC, and many other one-bid conferences.
Luckily for the Pac-12, thanks to CU knocking off the California Golden Bears last night, it will not join the America East, SWAC, and MEAC as a one-bid league. With a little luck for the Washington Huskies, the Pac-12 may even sneak in three teams.
As for the game today, KenPom.com predicts a 66-63 win for Arizona. Both teams have physical and athletic front lines and have given themselves the opportunity today through their defense.
Colorado squeaked out a 64-63 win in Boulder, while UA won easily in Tuscon. Poor shooting was abound in each game, with the Buffaloes' inability to get to the free throw line on the road being a huge factor in their loss. On a neutral floor, they should see a few more calls go their way.
Have to go with the Buffs in this one, because they have Wild Wings. How can you stop a team in March with Wild Wings?