If you had to pick one team that you think has the best potential to make a deep NCAA Tournament run, which team would you pick?
Norcalnick, California Golden Blogs: As is always the case, the draw will have a big impact on which Pac-12 team will survive longest. And in terms of seeding, Arizona and Oregon certainly look poised to get the most favorable draws.
I’d like to put in a word for UCLA’s chances, for one reason: Shabazz Muhammad is a bad, bad man and he could single-handedly carry the Bruins into the second weekend. With wins over Arizona and Missouri it’s increasingly hard to imagine UCLA not making it to March, so riding Shabazz might work out pretty darn well.
David Piper, Addicted to Quack: I have no idea. I still think Oregon is a team built for the tourney once Artis comes back. Arizona is the other complete team in the league.
Adam Butler, PacHoops: Arizona is best suited to make a deep tournament run. They’re a complete team and while they may have used up all their "luck" early in the season, they still got a few crafty vets itching for some postseason lore. Beyond them, UCLA would tend to fit that bill but I just don’t know what level of guts they’re going to bring to the table on a given night. I do really like Altman’s Ducks, too. They’re tough and I think playing without Artis for a handful of games could make them even more poised for a tourney run; assuming he comes back at full capacity.
Jack Follman, Pacific Takes: I will go with Arizona. They have already proven that they can beat really good teams out of conference and I think have the best combination of talent and experience. Also, never underestimate how important having a battle tested, senior point guard like Mark Lyon is.