2013 NCAA Tournament: Pac-12 Conference Sends Major Statement on Opening Day

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Go back to Selection Sunday.

Did you feel as if the Pac-12 Conference didn’t get much love?

Well, maybe it was somewhat deserved considering the past few seasons and the struggles that the league has had in producing quality, college basketball threats. On opening day of the 2013 NCAA Tournament however, the Pac-12 virtually remained supreme.

It started earlier in the day when No. 12 Oregon, who may have been the biggest seeding snub within the bracket, overpowered Oklahoma State, cruising to a double-digit victory. Oregon won the Pac-12 Tournament and certainly should’ve received a better seed than they currently hold. Either way, the Ducks sent a message on Thursday.

In the next contest featuring a Pac-12 squad, Arizona rolled past No. 11 Belmont, proving a number of doubters wrong in the process. The Wildcats had to listen to a lot of upset talk and hype in favor of the Bruins over the course of the past few days and that discussion was silenced rather quickly on Thursday night.

Shortly after Arizona’s victory, No. 12 California picked up a statement victory of their own and got revenge on No. 5 UNLV. The Golden Bears lost on a last second put back earlier in the season to the Rebels, but Cal held off UNLV late on Thursday night when it mattered the most.

Long story short, credit the Pac-12 Conference. They have already gone above and beyond what was expected of them.

What do you have to say about that, NCAA Committee?

 

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