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Pac-12 is the toast of the NCAA Men’s Tournament. Who but Bill Walton saw it coming?

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Pac-12 is not degraded, degraded or ridiculed in men’s basketball և (or) football.

The company, run by Larry Scott, has been praised for its great achievements.

Our poor, forgotten little conference that proves to be the biggest, worst grandmothers in the NCAA Tournament.

Who in the world saw him coming but Westwood psychologist Bill Walton? But when Walton discovered the item Prediction of the final four it included five Pac-12 schools – don’t sweat it. it’s just Bruin’s math. it was just Bill. No one would have ever guessed that his supreme respect for the Champions League would be offensive, not scrupulous.

Nevertheless, we are here. In 2019, the league that inspired the Bleacher Report headline, “Pac-12 could be the biggest conference in men’s basketball shooting season”, which puts forward advanced statistics, is suddenly the toast of the city. And the city is Indianapolis, the venue for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Four of the five Pac-12 men’s teams that qualified for the tournament made it to the Sweet 16. That’s more than any other conference, including the Big Ten, which featured nine team qualifiers, with only one going on the second weekend. The Big Ten lost three No. 1s or No. 2s, while Pac-12’s motley toy group (including the two-digit seeds still alive) set a 10-1 record, the third best at any conference since the field expanded in 1985. top five teams.

All this means a lot of money for the conference. Based on the “points” system, during which conferences accumulate money through the victories of their teams, Pac-12 scored 15 points. Almost $ 1.8 million per unit (paid over six years), which is $ 27 million waiting for the conference to be released. As USC and Oregon face off in Sweet 16, at least one more win is guaranteed, and the other teams will continue to grow if the other teams continue to win.

Clearly, this is a gift from God to a conference that has suffered financial setbacks and been damaged by the shutdown of COVID-19. But what Pac-12 has gained over the past week is far more valuable.

Respect Praise. Reputation Increased reputation. All the things the league gets on a regular basis through its women’s teams that could very well have won last year in Oregon և have Stanford’s No. 1 overall season in three conference teams that are still alive this year. The league is also regularly praised for its so-called Olympic sports, in which the Pac-12 still destroys championships.

But in a sport that generates a lot of revenue: soccer, men’s basketball, the Pac-12 has become (choose your favorite descriptor) a laugh, a punch bag, an understatement, a long-standing disappointment.

That’s the big reason Scott came out. But the kind of disqualified success և the positive publicity that the Pac-12 generates should be a huge boost to recruitment. And it can even help tempt candidates for higher-level vacancies.

What really drives this Pac-12 revival? Can you psychologically say that the league is due to a lack of respect for the disgust he received? Practically speaking, Pac-12, more than any other league, was struggling to prepare for the COVID-19 season, so it took longer to find its niche. Or you can turn the screws and notice that the training presented in the tournament from Pac-12 schools is first class.

UCLA’s Mick Cronin claims that the league has been underestimated all along, although to be fair, little has happened in the regular season to make people think otherwise.

“You find out that the Pac-12’s lack of ratings all year was an absolute joke,” Cronin told reporters after his victory over Bru over BYU. “I have been doing this for a long time. Back in 2011, I was training in a league where 11 teams competed in the NCAA. And the national champion ended the ninth, 10th և 11th in a draw. So I know good teams. So the state of Oregon, Oregon, Colorado, the Sex, the victory of those teams is simply not a surprise to me. “

But Pac-12 did not receive any breaks from the Seeding Committee. Oregon, despite winning the Pac-12 Men’s Tournament, drew 12 points each. UCLA is 11th, Oregon is 7th and USC is 6th. The league with the highest level in the league, Colorado, No. 5, is the only one to lose, retreating from the state of Florida in the second round.

But the league worked from the very beginning. UCLA dropped to double digits in their first quarter game against the state of Michigan, but pushed back to win. Pac-12 is 9. It is against the spread with a score of 1, its eight victories with a double index – 13.1 points with an average victory. This is the fifth largest league in any league with five or more teams since 1985.

Maybe the fun is over. The USC-Oregon winner is likely to face the mighty Gonzaga Elite Eight. The state of Oregon has to face the most famous underwater dog in the city of Loyola, Chicago, which overthrew the No. 1 seed Illinois, with Sister Jean by his side. UCLA meets Alabama’s tough No. 2 seed.

The Pac-12 would need another inconvenience if it got its second representative in the Men’s Final Four in the last 14 years (the other was Oregon in 2017). It would take a small miracle for his first men’s team to win a title game since UCLA in 2006 և a great miracle for the first men’s champion since 1997 in Arizona.

But given where the Pac-12 ranks in the March madness in terms of height, the men’s tournament has already been a resounding success for the conference. Bill is just like Bill Walton և no one predicted.

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