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NCAA Brackets 2013: Cal, Oregon & UCLA With Tough Games, Arizona With Easiest

The Bears, Bruins and Ducks will not find it easy to get out of Round 1. The Wildcats might have an easier time.


Which Pac-12 team has the toughest first round matchup? Which Pac-12 team drew the most fortunate first round matchup?

Jack Follman, Pacific Takes: UCLA has the toughest because I thought Minnesota was more like an 8 or 9 seed and they play hard with tough defense which doesn't sound like something the Bruins want to face right now. I think Cal got the best because they are basically playing a home game against a UNLV team that they only lost to by one point earlier in the season.

Norcalnick, California Golden Blogs: I think Oklahoma State is pretty clearly the best team any Pac-12 squad faces in the first round. Minnesota might have the highest ceiling, and UNLV might be a poor matchup for Cal, but Oklahoma St. is just objectively better than any other Pac-12 first round opponent.

The most fortunate? Arizona. Belmont is a good team, but so is just about everybody else in the tournament. And Arizona should be on upset alert . . . but the fact that it would be an upset is an indication that the Wildcats have the weakest 1st round opponent. Arguably, every other Pac-12 team is the underdog.

David Piper, Addicted to Quack: I don't like Cal's matchup at all. They already lost once to UNLV this season, at home, when UNLV didn't have Mike Moser. Moser still isn't right, but I don't see the Bears as having anybody that can content with Anthony Bennett down low. I guess the one thing you can say for Cal is that they essentially get a home game. What was up with 12-seeds being rewarded with the home court advantage?

Gekko Mojo, UW Dawg Pound: I agree with David. Cal's matchup against UNLV feels like a mismatch given the trajectory each team is on at the moment. I suppose it is natural to feel that way given that the two teams have already played once this year. Still, UNLV;s muscle on the blocks isn't something Cal is well-equipped to deal with no matter where the game is being played.