Forgrave: Pac-12 Is "A Mid-Major Conference This Year"

The Pac-12 was down this season. Way down, Reid Forgrave says

The DA Show
March 18, 2019 - 12:38 pm

The Pac-12 was . . . not great this season. In fact, it was pretty bad and only sent three teams to the NCAA Tournament. 

Still, some analysts believe that Oregon (23-12) – which won the Pac-12 Championship and is riding an eight-game winning streak – is suddenly a scary and dangerous team.

Is there a scary and dangerous team in the Pac-12?

“No, not at all,” CBS Sports college basketball insider Reid Forgrave said on The DA Show. “Mike Hopkins is doing good things at Washington. They got a nice defense. They’re also a team that has some really bad losses. They lost to Cal. Cal is one of the worst high-major teams in the country. I get that bad games happen, but the Pac-12, to me, is essentially a mid-major conference this year. The lack of talent from top to bottom, it just isn’t there.”

Oregon started 15-12 this season before winning its final eight games. Forgrave’s response: So?

“Oregon won the Pac-12 Tournament. They’ve won eight games in a row. Cool,” he said. “Belmont has won like 100 games in a row. There are other teams in mid-major conferences that have won a ton of games in a row that I would take over Oregon any day.”

That includes Wofford (29-4), which has won 20 games in a row and ranks second nationally – out of 353 Division I teams – in three-point shooting. As a team, Wofford shoots 41.6 percent from distance.

“They’re one of the best shooting teams in the country,” Forgrave said. “What is the way that much more talented teams tend to lose to less talented teams in the NCAA Tournament? Well, one of the team shoots 50 percent from three and takes 25 or 30 threes. That’s how it happens.”

Wofford, which is seeded No. 7 in the Midwest, faces Seton Hall (20-13) on Thursday at 8:40 p.m. ET. If victorious, Wofford faces the winner of No. 2 Kentucky (27-6) versus No. 15 Abilene Christian (27-6).

A Wofford/Kentucky matchup in the Round of 32 would be must-see TV.

“I think Kentucky is a better team. Kentucky should win,” Forgrave said. “But in a 40-minute game in a single-elimination tournament, weird things happen. Kentucky hasn’t been the most consistent team this year. They’re not the world’s greatest shooting team, and they certainly have some flaws. That said, I have Kentucky in my Elite Eight.”