These are quickie profiles and writeups you can use in your evaluations. Don’t expect eloquent thoughts, they’re just quick-hitters.
Arizona (18-2) (7-0) RPI 8 SoS 21
Vital signs: 8-2 R/N, non-con SoS 35, 3-2 vs. Top 50, 9-2 vs. Top 100
Signature wins: @UCLA, @USC, @Cal
Bad losses: no
Work being done in conference play is helping erase a modest non-con. The losses are plenty forgivable, it’s just that there’s not a lot of meat behind those two losses to help bolster the resume. For this reason, the 1 line is probably out of reach.
UCLA (19-2) (6-2) RPI 22 SoS 79
Vital signs: 8-1 R/N, non-con SoS 196, 1-2 vs. Top 50, 8-2 vs. Top 100
Signature wins: @Kentucky, Cal, @Utah
Bad losses: no
Signature wins on the road are everything. Some very good features, with one mildly alarming one (that non-con SoS). Seeding them is tricky, and falling behind Arizona in the conference race makes it trickier.
Oregon (17-2) (7-0) RPI 13 SoS 38
Vital signs: 5-2 R/N, non-con SoS 41, 2-1 vs. Top 50, 9-2 vs. Top 100
Signature wins: UCLA, USC, Valpo?
Bad losses: N-Georgetown
That G’town loss is fatal given how it trapped them on the wrong side of the Maui bracket. The good SoS is mostly a product of bad team avoidance, but they still won all those games. The 1 line may be lost for them, though.
USC (17-4) (4-4) RPI 32 SoS 67
Vital signs: 7-2 R/N, non-con SoS 133, 1-2 vs. Top 50, 4-4 vs. Top 100
Signature wins: SMU, @A&M? nah
Bad losses: Cal at home I suppose
4 losses are reasonable conference losses, but that just means a lot of quality win chances are already by the boards for this team. Middling profile will need to add some more to make the tourney.
California (14-6) (5-3) RPI 51 SoS 40
Vital signs: 3-4 R/N, non-con SoS 93, 1-5 vs. Top 50, 1-6 vs. Top 100
Signature wins: @USC, and that’s about it
Bad losses: N-San Diego St at this point
A case where the entire resume will have to be built in-conference. Non-con is filled with nothing terrible, but no quality win to lean on.
Utah (12-5) (5-2) RPI 60 SoS 82
Vital signs: 5-3 R/N, non-con SoS 254, 1-4 vs. Top 50, 1-4 vs. Top 100
Signature wins: USC…and literally nothing even close
Bad losses: N-San Francisco
Second best win is…Colorado? Holy moly what a disaster. That non-con SoS is a clue. How in the world can they be in right now?
Stanford (10-9) (3-5) RPI 59 SoS 18 – shiny SoS is only going to help the rest of the conference, not them. Missing quality in the resume pretty clearly.