One way the Pac-12 Women may be different than it is for the Men from a CU perspective is our Men's team has already staked its flag at the top of the conference mountain. There's work to do to make sure it wasn't a blip in a down year, but there's confidence that the program is now good enough that a strong conference yielding a lot of bids only helps. With the Women, this may be more a matter of looking for a down year and hoping that our program can take advantage of it by finishing in the top 3 or 4, parlaying that into an NCAA tournament berth. We can't afford a completely awful conference RPI because the odds of getting past Stanford to get the auto-bid are painfully thin, but we don't want the competition to be too good either. It's a balance for WBB. Lose OOC to top teams but beat the teams they should. Basically, be a solid conference that isn't so good that our team can't overcome it and distinguish itself. So far, it's been a bad start to the year for the Pac-12 at the bottom. Wazzu is 0-2, losing in overtime at Minnesota and then dropping another OT game to South Dakota State. USC is 0-1 after getting handled at home against Gonzaga. Oregon is 0-1 following a home loss to St. Mary's. Arizona State is 0-1 after losing at home to Texas Tech. Not really bad losses, but nothing good happening there either. With the other teams, there's a long list at 1-0 (Arizona, Cal, Colorado, Oregon State, UCLA, Utah, Washington) and Stanford sits at 2-0... with none of the conference wins likely to impress a selection committee. The big opportunities in the next week: UCLA vs #11 Oklahoma on the 14th Stanford vs #1 Baylor on the 16th Tonight, Oregon State hosts Cal-Poly and needs to get a win. We can't have more losses to lower-tier teams, so the Beavs need to win this one.