Welcome to the Hotline’s assessment of Pac-12 basketball at the midway point of the conference season …
Top story I: March headwinds
The Pac-12’s poor non-conference showing predictably has led to a bleak outlook for Selection Sunday. Arizona and UCLA are the lone locks while a handful of teams are on various sides of the bubble. This could be a two-bid league, folks, unless Arizona State, Utah, USC, Oregon or Colorado — or a combination therein — gets hot down the stretch. Meanwhile, both the Big Ten and Big 12 are on pace for at least eight bids.
Top story II: Offensive offense
Only three teams rank in the
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