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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 prepare for game at No. 2 Oregon
» Hansen's Sunday Notebook: Strong season will help "Hill Mary" be remembered
» UA football: Pair of defensive players leave team
» UA football: My AP Top 25 ballot

Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
» Q&A with ASU quarterback Mike Bercovici
» Rankings: Colleges by AZ high school players
» ASU's Taylor Kelly "pretty questionable" for USC
» Norvell: Timeouts not factor in key turnover

California (East Bay Tribune)
» Cal's Oct. 11 home game vs. Washington set for 3 p.m. kickoff
» Cal outlasts Colorado 59-56 in two overtimes
» Cal will change athletes' admission standards
» Matchup: Cal vs. Colorado

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
» Getting quarterback Marcus Mariota moving keeps Oregon Ducks' offense humming
» Charles Nelson might be creeping into the Oregon Ducks' defense
» Cameron Scarlett discusses Washington Huskies visit, lingering hamstring issues

Oregon State (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
» Oregon State roundup (Sept. 19)
» 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

Stanford (San Jose Mercury-News)
» Stanford beats Washington with fourth-quarter touchdown
» Matchup: No. 16 Stanford at Washington
» Stanford facing must-win game at Washington's noisy Husky Stadium
» San Jose family has deep roots in college football

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)
» Seahawks silent, but fans find plenty to cheer
» Are Pac-12 quarterbacks conference's best class ever?
» Washington State men sit 3rd in home golf meet
» Chris Petersen on Huskies' offensive struggles: ‘We can coach them better'

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» Overcoming a big win
» Monday press conference: Mike Leach
» Goodbye to the region's Boys of Summer
» What is a 'Bear Raid' anyway?



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