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Utah Basketball Awaits Selection Sunday

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Joseph Young's three pointer with 1.2 seconds to play Friday night in Las Vegas dashed the hopes of the Utes getting another shot at Arizona in the Pac 12 Tournament title game. The three point victory sends the Ducks to the title game to face the Wildcats, who blew out the Ducks in their two previous meetings earlier this year.

The season thankfully is not over for the Utes. They have all but been assured a spot in the NCAA tournament for a couple months. As of Friday night, Joe Lunardi and ESPN had the intriguing prediction of Utah getting a Mid-West Region 5-seed in Portland, playing West Coast Conference runner-up, and in state team BYU. He had the victor of Friday's semifinal, Oregon as an 8-seed in Charlotte taking on Georgia. He also had the Arizona Wildcats in Portland with the Utes, but in the West Region as a 2-seed taking on 15-seed Coastal Carolina.  Saturday morning the three Pac 12 schools didn't move, but Lunardi has Oregon playing Dayton instead of Georgia as the 9-seed.

CBS and their expert Jerry Palm had Utah in the same 5-seed in Portland, but taking on the other "Y" team - Yale as the 12-seed. The Ducks are in the same spot in Charlotte, but taking on a 9-seed Texas. Why be different?  Palm had the same prediction as Lunardi with Arizona, with the Cats as a 2-seed taking on a 15-seed Texas Southern. Saturday morning Palm moved Utah down to a 7-seed in Seattle taking on a 10-seed Purdue. Oregon up to a 6-seed in Pittsburgh taking on an 11-seed Boise St. His Arizona pick stayed the same Saturday morning.

Of the three Pac 12 teams that are predicted to make the tournament, as of Friday night, Arizona is No 2, Utah is No 8, and Oregon No 40 Ken Pomeroy's statistical formula.

Palm has Kentucky, Villanova, Wisconsin, and Virginia as the 1-seeds. With Virginia's loss Friday, that may leave the door open for Arizona to move into a 1-seed depending on how well they play versus Oregon, and dispatch them like they did in the previous two matchups. That type of motivation may see Arizona putting their best effort on display Saturday night.

With conference semifinals finishing up the next two days, a lot of movement may happen, but it seems like for the Pac-12 schools that see to be in the Tournament, the experts seem to agree where they will end up. We will all find out how close the experts are to the selections that the NCAA Tournament Committee releases Sunday afternoon.