Podcast: Pac-12 Tournament preview, bracketology update (Episode 213)

The Cougs will take on Stanford.

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Last week sucked, so we’re not going to talk about it. Instead, we’re looking forward to the Pac-12 Tournament. It actually tipped off on Wednesday, but for the first time since 2008, Washington State was not playing on that first day.

That’s because the Cougs are seeded 2nd in the field. And we now know their opponent: No. 10 Stanford, who came back from an 18-point second half deficit to beat No. 7 California in overtime — and whom the Cougs have already beaten twice this year by a combined 27 points.

What might a third matchup have in store?

Let’s dive in:

Topics of discussion

  • Men’s basketball: Should Andrej Jakimovski play in this tournament? That shoulder looks pretty bad! And how deep do the Cougs need to go to affect their seeding? The projections have dropped a bit over the past couple of weeks.

  • Beer: Jeff — Golden Gal (Single Hill); Craig — Doug The Dark (Ferment).

  • Women’s basketball: Not much of an update to provide, but we’ll find out their fate on Sunday.

Bonus Content!

In the show, we talked about barttorvik’s conference tournament simulator. Here’s what it looks like after day one — you can go play with it yourself to see how the numbers change in various scenarios.

We also ran it using teams’ efficiencies over their last 10 games. It’s slightly more friendly to the Cougs, both because their odds of beating Stanford go up and because Arizona’s odds of getting past USC go down, given the Trojans’ form right now:

And here’s how things currently look at the Bracket Matrix for our seeding. Subject to change!


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