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Pac-12: When will league produce Final Four team?

In 2008, when UCLA concluded its three-year run of Final Four appearances, it certainly seemed unlikely that no school from the conference now known as the Pac-12 would reach that stage of the NCAA men's basketball tournament in the next six years.

But that's where the league stands, after Arizona lost to Wisconsin in the Elite Eight and UCLA and Stanford were eliminated in the Sweet 16 by Florida and Dayton, respectively.

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So the question is which Pac-12 program is most likely to become the conference's next Final Four contestant. Arizona is the safe pick, based on the Wildcats' tradition, but coach Sean Miller's team was primed for 2013-14 with junior guard Nick Johnson and freshman forward Aaron Gordon probably headed to the NBA. UCLA is making a comeback with coach Steve Alford, the Bruins already have lost Kyle Anderson and Zack LaVine as draft early entrants.

In many ways, 2013-14 was a breakthrough season for the Pac-12, with four teams making the round of 32 and three clubs in the Sweet 16 for the first time since '08. The increased depth provided by the likes of Arizona State, Colorado, Oregon and Utah also raised the league's profile. But sustaining that momentum may be difficult.

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Links from around the Pac-12
Arizona (Tucson Citizen)
» Photos: UA's smartest athletes 2013-14
» Wildcats: Who's gonna be the QB?
» UA football: QB Patterson decommits from Arizona
» Hansen's Sunday Notebook: Tucson's streetcar leads to soccer

Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
» 5-star linebacker Houston checking out ASU
» Top 2016 tight end Naseir Upshur likes ASU
» ASU football overview: Defensive backs
» Why is Sendek watching film of VCU, Louisville?

California (East Bay Tribune)
» Cal's injury-plagued defense mended, ready to go
» College football: Key dates for Cal, Stanford, San Jose State
» Local digest: Former Stanford star Kerri Walsh Jennings wins World Series of Beach Volleyball
» Internazionale Milan scores 3-2 shootout victory over Real Madrid

Colorado (Denver Post)
» Pac-12 living up to tradition as tops in quarterbacks
» Changes in college football a cause of excitement and concern
» Pac-12 media days: Colorado eager to turn things around
» Colorado's MacIntyre at Pac-12 media days: "We will be improved"

Oregon (The Oregonian)
» Is the Pac-12's schedule the 'most competitive' in college football?: Pac-12 roundup
» Oregon as the preseason favorite? That's fine with Stanford's David Shaw
» Oregon Ducks target Josh Sweat becomes ESPN's top-ranked football prospect, joining other future Ducks on the rise
» Oregon Ducks opponent preview: Washington State brings back its passing attack

Oregon State (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
» Oregon State hires longtime trainer hired Fred Tedeschi
» Beavers hire Mark Massari as deputy athletics director
» Oregon State hands out Bennys to top athletes, coaches and teams
» OSU fishing: MacDonald, Martinez win conference tournament

Stanford (San Jose Mercury-News)
» Stanford receiver Ty Montgomery says he's close to being ready
» College football: Key dates for Cal, Stanford, San Jose State
» Local sports digest: Former Stanford star Kerri Walsh captures World Series of Beach Volleyball
» Local digest: Former Stanford star Kerri Walsh Jennings wins World Series of Beach Volleyball

UCLA (Los Angeles Daily News)
» UCLA Football Notebook: Running back Malcolm Jones loses appeal for extra season
» College Football: Position coach Adrian Klemm says UCLA offensive line a work in progress
» 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

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 fall camp position preview: Linebackers
» Morning links: More love for Huskies' Shaq Thompson
» Morning links: Pauley Pavilion flooded
» Huskies to open three fall-camp practices to the public

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» Looking at the WSU pre-camp depth chart
» Washington works on body, mind
» Wednesday WSU chat
» To paraphrase Frank, it was a very good day



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