EUGENE — Oregon women’s basketball is trending in the wrong direction heading into Selection Monday and it will likely cost the Ducks in terms of their NCAA Tournament seeding.
Oregon (13-8) has lost five of its last six games, including back-to-back to surging Oregon State last week, and is expected to without starting point guard Te-Hina Paopao for at least the first weekend of the NCAA tourney, if not the remainder of the postseason.
ESPN bracketologist Charlie Creme weighed in on where he sees the Ducks less than a week before the field is set.
“I think the ceiling now is probably a 6,” Creme said. “I suppose perhaps a 5. The committee seems to really like Oregon and the NET certainly like Oregon, but it’s hard to get over the fact that they haven’t won a top 25 in (six) chances to do it and they haven’t played well at all in a really long time. I figure the committee is going to have to do a little bit of a reassessment as it pertains to the reveals that they had. They still had Oregon as a top 4 seed in their last reveal, which was only a little over a week ago. Then the losses to Oregon State twice I think are enough to — maybe some members of the committee will open their eyes to some degree that this Oregon team is not the same Oregon team that played in December and early January.”
Creme has Oregon as a No. 6 seed against No. 11 seed Mississippi State in his latest projected tournament field.
Oregon is No. 10 in NET despite its 0-6 mark against NET top 25 teams and 3-2 mark against teams ranked No. 26-50.