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Arizona guard Nick Johnson shoots during practice at the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, Wednesday, March 26, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. Arizona is scheduled to play San Diego State on Thursday in a regional semifinal. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Pac-12: Big night for conference in NCAA Tournament

Thursday is a big night for the Pac-12, with three conference schools involved in the four games being staged in the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

Stanford and UCLA both play in Memphis, Tenn., where they could meet in an Elite Eight matchup Saturday. Arizona is in Anaheim, Calif.

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A quick look at the three games:

Stanford vs. Dayton, 5:15 p.m. MDT

The No. 10-seeded Cardinal advanced to the Sweet 16 with upsets of No. 7 New Mexico and No. 2 Kansas, and now they're favored against the No. 11 Flyers. A team that was in danger of missing the NCAA Tournament as of early March has enjoyed a remarkable postseason, and Stanford is in great position to keep playing, thanks to other upsets in the South Region.

UCLA vs. Florida, 7:45 p.m. MDT

If this matchup sounds familiar, it should. The Bruins lost to Florida in consecutive Final Fours in 2006 and '07, and have played their way into another big-time opportunity in coach Steve Alford's first season. No. 4-seeded UCLA has played outstanding basketball from the Pac-12 tournament through the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament, but it gets tougher tonight against the No. 1 Gators. The matchup of Florida's Scott Wilbekin and UCLA's Kyle Anderson should be a classic battle.

Arizona vs. San Diego State, 8:15 p.m. MDT

Arizona is the No. 1 seed in the West Region and meets the No. 4 Aztecs in Anaheim, Calif., where both teams should have a strong following. The Wildcats overwhelmed Gonzaga in the round of 32, but SDSU will present a tougher challenge athletically, with point guard Xavier Thames leading the way.

This ,matchup obviously is also a major upgrade for the Aztecs, who beat Nos. 13 and 12 seeds to reach this point.

In the West's other game tonight, No. 2 Wisconsin meets No. 6 Baylor.

PAC-12 Links
Links from around the Pac-12
Arizona (Tucson Citizen)
» Wildcats gear up for Cal
» UA football: Former SDSU QB commits to Arizona
» Hansen's Sunday Notebook: Pueblo turns to ex-UA standouts for coaching help
» UA football: My AP Top 25 ballot

Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
» ASU, UA open Pac-12 play vs. each other Jan. 4
» Anderson, Graham donate to stadium project
» Boivin: Move a good sign for ASU athletics
» Is ambiguity over injury disservice to fans?

California (East Bay Tribune)
» Oakland Soldiers set tone for college basketball recruiting in Bay Area
» Cal, Stanford Pac-12 men's basketball schedules announced
» Cal-Colorado game set for 1 p.m. kickoff
» Local sports digest: Stanford sweeps Santa Clara

Colorado (Denver Post)
» Speedy freshman Donovan Lee gives CU Buffs another playmaker
» Colorado coached to avoid coin-toss glitches, MacIntyre says
» Colorado's MacIntyre gratified Buffs practiced hard Monday
» CU Buffs tackle Jeromy Irwin might play vs. Hawaii after concussion

Oregon (The Oregonian)
» Oregon Ducks open up Autzen Stadium doors for Fan Fest: Photo gallery
» Oregon Ducks release 2014-2015 men's basketball schedule
» Walter Thurmond, New York Giants CB, out for season with torn pectoral muscle
» Marcus Mariota takes a golf break, then starts preparing for Washington State Cougars (video)

Oregon State (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
» OSU men's basketball: Tinkle says positive steps being made
» Spencer to become new AD at Evansville
» BeaversSalute program gives tickets to military personnel and veterans
» Beavers promote McCoy to assistant athletic director for equipment operations

Stanford (San Jose Mercury-News)
» Cal, Stanford Pac-12 men's basketball schedules announced
» Local sports digest: Stanford's Maverick McNealy ties for medalist honors
» Local sports digest: Stanford sweeps Santa Clara
» Stanford sweeps Santa Clara

UCLA (Los Angeles Daily News)
» UCLA Football Notebook: Running back Malcolm Jones loses appeal for extra season
» COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Improving UCLA has questions to answer during preseason football camp
» COLLEGE FOOTBALL: UCLA's prized recruit Eddie Vanderdoes cleared to play by NCAA after leaving Notre Dame
» Pac-12 Media Day: Eyes on Anthony Barr for UCLA's 2013 hopes

USC (Los Angeles Daily News)
» USC Football Notebook: Marqise Lee's injury not too serious
» USC Football Notebook: QBs Max Wittek, Cody Kessler present dilemma for Trojans coach Lane Kiffin
» USC FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Former UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel thinks Trojans might not miss QB Matt Barkley
» USC FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Dion Bailey says it's 'now or never'

Washington (Seattle Times)
» Marcus Peters back with Huskies after sitting out one game
» Washington men's basketball begins Pac-12 play at California
» Video: UW's Chris Petersen on Marcus Peters, Cyler Miles, Georgia State and more
» UW quarterback Cyler Miles was 'honored' to be named team captain against Illinois

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» Chiefs' division loaded again
» WSU men's basketball schedule revealed
» Video: Cyrus Coen, Dom Williams and Toni Pole
» Video: Mike Leach during Monday press conference



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