Oregon State’s loss in the Pac-12 Tournament Championship game to Stanford may have hindered the Beavers’ chances at a potential #1 seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament, but head coach Scott Rueck and company can still rest comfortably on their laurels when the brackets are released on Selection Monday.
According to ESPN women’s basketball bracketologist Charlie Creme, Oregon State is currently projected as a #2 seed in the Oklahoma City region, where they’ll match-up against UC-Davis from the Big West Conference. The Beavers securing a potential #2 seed would mean that Oregon State would play the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament on their home court in Corvallis. An interesting tidbit about the location of Oregon State within the bracket (as currently projected) is that it gives the Beavers the potential to meet up with #7 seed Marquette, a team that Oregon State lost to back on November 22nd, in one of just their four losses on the season.
As with most teams projected for the NCAA Tournament field, one of the seeding goals for the Beavers will be avoiding UCONN’s side of the bracket, which (as currently projected), Oregon State does. The Huskies, who are currently in the midst of a 107-game winning streak, infamously ended the Beavers’ storybook season in the Final Four last April, with an 80-51 victory. That being said, Oregon State’s biggest competition on their side of the bracket will come from the duo of #1 seeds in South Carolina and Baylor, as well as fellow #2 seed from the Stockton bracket, Mississippi State.
Oregon State will officially learn their fate during the NCAA Women’s Basketball Selection Show, which will air Monday (3/13) at 4:00 PM PT on ESPN.