I do still get excited this time of year and follow the west coast teams. Some odds and ends:
Don't expect UCSB to win, but they score inside well. Baylor is perimeter shooting mindset, so if they are hot, no chance, but if UCSB can pressure outside, it could happen. Denver elevation could affect all the teams there as well.
UCI v Oregon, the rematch. I don't understand why the NIT would send them there again. Could have sent them to Washington State, and then sent Eastern Washington to Oregon. UCI has already beat Oregon on the road, don't give them another chance, and Eastern lost to WSU by a landslide this year.
UCLA is not great in my opinion, but they keep winning. They said the same thing about them last year. Arizona is legit contender. Josh Morgan and USC and ASU basically both have one marquee win that carried them.
The Mountain West had the right schools beat their top teams at the right times. SDSU beat a few names in Ohio St and Stanford. Boise beat Texas A&M as their lone Quad 1 win, but also beat two Pac-12 schools. Utah State got hot at right time to look competitive, Nevada really beat no one out of conference, probably the last team in.
New Mexico is NIT bound, then SJSU had their best season ever in Mountain West at 10 conference wins and is playing the CBI. Previously their total wins were 4,4,7,5,8, and now they hit 20 wins.
WCC was Zags and SM all year, and I root for both. I don't expect much from SM as they are not very athletic. Santa Clara is where I attended summer basketball camp, back when they had an inflatable roof on their gym, and they made the NIT.
GCU won the WAC, and will face Gonzaga. WAC has GCU, then two teams in NIT, and two teams in CBI.
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