Currently ranked fifth in the nation in the latest Associated Press Top 25 Poll, the Ducks project as a second seed in the West Regional behind the Bulldogs of Gonzaga, although it would not be a surprise if those positions were reversed come Selection Sunday.
Beaten by UCLA and Colorado in Conference play, and Baylor and Georgetown in non-conference match-ups, Oregon posted a useful 27-4 (16-2) record on the campaign after being ranked fifth in the pre-season.
Dillon Brooks, the Conference player of the year, leads five Oregon players in double figures and the Ducks’ biggest challenge in the tournament may well be the Bruins, who lead the nation in scoring and are third in the latest AP Poll, despite only being seeded third in their own Conference tournament.
Ranked second in the Pac-12 are the Wildcats of Arizona, who may well be a dark horse for the NCAA Tournament.
Two places below the Ducks in the AP Poll, Arizona had an identical record to Oregon and as a result shared the Pac-12 regular season title with the Ducks.
The return of sophomore Allonzo Trier in late January makes the Wildcats a different team and, while they lost to both Oregon and UCLA in Conference play, Arizona as a third seed in the NCAA Tournament would be one to watch.