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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)
» UA football: QB Patterson decommits from Arizona
» Hansen's Sunday Notebook: Tucson's streetcar leads to soccer
» UA football: 3-star lineman commits to Cats
» Future Cat Roth sets HS steeplechase record

Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
» Why is Sendek watching film of VCU, Louisville?
» ASU adds linebacker from Purdue
» Randall expected to compete for All-Pac-12 honors
» Marcus Ball replaces Alden Darby at bandit safety

California (East Bay Tribune)
» Local digest: Former Stanford star Kerri Walsh Jennings wins World Series of Beach Volleyball
» Internazionale Milan scores 3-2 shootout victory over Real Madrid
» Kerri Walsh Jennings reaches final of World Series of Beach Volleyball
» Former Cal athletic director Sandy Barbour hired as Penn State AD

Colorado (Denver Post)
» 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"
» Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott: league "well positioned" for playoffs

Oregon (The Oregonian)
» Oregon Ducks staffer leaves for NFL; Canzano and finding Gregg Popovich: The Oregonian's sports top 5 at 5
» Oregon Ducks to host Michigan State in cross country on eve of football game
» Fall football camps open in a week: Pac-12 roundup
» Oregon Ducks receiver Devon Allen may be too fast for coach Mark Helfrich

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)
» 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
» Kerri Walsh Jennings reaches final of World Series of Beach Volleyball
» Stanford's Carol Zhao advances in Bank of the West tennis qualifying

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: Defensive line
» Jermaine Haley commits to Washington
» Monday's Northwest Collegiate Summer League games
» Zach LaVine puts on dunking display at Seattle Pro Am

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» Depth gives Indians an edge
» Fast forward: Arizona
» Is the M's season slipping away?
» Indians improve to 5-2 against Vancouver



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