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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)
» Hansen's Sunday Notebook: Byrne, staff worked hard to get 50K for UA opener
» UA football: Breaking down the wide receivers
» Free weekly Wildcat sports magazine
» Free weekly Wildcat sports magazine

Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
» Goal-line stand highlights 1st look at defense
» How ASU's 2015 commits fared Friday night
» Film confirms Graham likes effort in opener
» Rewind: Looking back at ASU's win

California (East Bay Tribune)
» Cal Bears hang on for win at Northwestern
» Cal football notebook: Freshman QB Rubenzer an effective secret weapon
» Cal opens at Northwestern with a much different look on defense
» Fact box: Cal at Northwestern

Colorado (Denver Post)
» CU Buffs freshman WR Shay Fields gets off to impressive start
» Opening game loss a blow to Colorado's goal of a bowl bid
» CSU roars back to beat CU 31-17 in Rocky Mountain Showdown
» CU-CSU Briefs: Rams' defense tightens up after poor start

Oregon (The Oregonian)
» Oregon Ducks open up Autzen Stadium doors for Fan Fest: Photo gallery
» No. 3 Oregon Ducks now 11-point favorites against No. 8 Michigan State: Oregon rundown
» Pac-12 official miffed; Byron Marshall's blunder; Kenjon Barner cut: The Oregonian sports top 5
» Lake Oswego players suspended; Legend of Royce Freeman: The Oregonian's weekly sports top 10

Oregon State (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
» BeaversSalute program gives tickets to military personnel and veterans
» Beavers promote McCoy to assistant athletic director for equipment operations
» Oregon State hires longtime trainer hired Fred Tedeschi
» Beavers hire Mark Massari as deputy athletics director

Stanford (San Jose Mercury-News)
» Stanford overpowers UC Davis in season-opening win
» Stanford opens 2014 season without a No. 1 tailback -- again
» Fact box: Stanford vs. UC-Davis
» Stanford prepares for UC Davis as memory of stunning 2005 loss lingers

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)
» Huskies morning links: It wasn't pretty, but UW opens with a win
» Poll: Will you watch the NWSL championship match or WNBA playoffs?
» Video: UW's Danny Shelton, John Timu after victory over Hawaii
» Video: Jeff Lindquist, John Ross, Kasen Williams on Huskies' 17-16 win at Hawaii

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» Another game week begins
» We always (over)react to college football's first full Saturday
» They aren't who you thought they were
» Sebastian LaRue back at practice



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