Despite their loss to UCLA in the Pac-12 tournament title game, the Arizona Wildcats (30-4) are No. 1 in the West Region and open against No. 16 Weber State in their opening game on Thursday in San Diego.
Arizona got the top spot based on its regular season, one that started with a school-record 21 straight wins and included the Pac-12 regular-season championship.
The Wildcats have a tough road in the West. Get past Weber State (19-11) and Arizona will face the winner between Oklahoma State (21-12) and Gonzaga (28-6).
No. 2 seed Wisconsin (26-7) had been in the running for a No. 1 seed before losing to Michigan State in the Big Ten tournament semifinals. The Badgers still will be a tough out with a defense that’s always one of the best. Wisconsin will have a short trip, too, opening Thursday in Milwaukee against American, the Patriot League champions who went from 10-20 a year ago to a 20-12.