Major Implications for Oregon State WBB in Weekend Battle with No. 14 Oregon Ducks

By Matthew Zimmer

As we sit right now — Friday afternoon on Feb. 26, 2020 — the Oregon State Beavers are considered IN for the 2021 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament by ESPN’s bracketologist, Charlie Creme.

In Creme’s latest bracketology, early Friday morning, the Beavs are listed as one of the Last Four In along with fellow Pac-12 team, Washington State.

The Beavs last shot to make an impact before the Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament is this weekend.

Oregon State faces their rival, No. 14 Oregon, Sunday at 3 p.m. PT on the Pac-12 Networks.

Now, a loss to Oregon probably won’t negatively affect the Beavs that much, but a win over the Ducks could put them into the NCAA Tournament even with an okay performance in the Pac-12 Tournament.

I’m not an expert. I’m not a bracketologist. But, a win on Sunday would be the Beavers second best victory of the season.

OSU beat No. 8 UCLA last week. If they can beat No. 14 Oregon, it would certainly put the Beavs firmly in the NCAA Tournament conversation and possibly off the bubble.

Whether they win against Oregon or not, the Beavers likely need to win at least their opening round Pac-12 Tournament game to avoid giving the committee a reason to leave them out.

Creme has six Pac-12 teams in, with Colorado just missing out, listed like this:

  • Stanford – a No. 1 seed (automatic qualifier)
  • Arizona – a No. 2 seed
  • UCLA – a No. 3 seed
  • Oregon – a No. 5 seed
  • Oregon State – a No. 11 seed (Last Four In)
  • Washington St. – a No. 11 seed (Last Four In)

Colorado is in the Next Four Out category (which means they’re behind the First Four Out, and among eight total teams that Creme believes will just miss the tournament).

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