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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)
» Hansen's Sunday Notebook: Caldwell's pin count goes into record books
» UA football: Inside the numbers of UA's win
» UA football: My AP Top 25 ballot
» Photos: Arizona 49, Cal 45

Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
» ASU football practice report from Sunday
» College insider: ASU volleyball set for UA
» Jordan Simone goes from walk-on to playmaker
» How ASU football's commits fared Friday night

California (East Bay Tribune)
» Cal coach Sonny Dykes to players: 'Hang in there'
» Cal athletics store celebrates football victory prematurely
» Cal Bears' big night in Arizona ends in nightmare finish
» Local sports digest: Stanford, Cal in water polo showdown

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 coach Mark Helfrich post-Washington State: 'We're getting better in some areas and we need to improve in many'
» Arizona QB Anu Solomon is Oregon's next big problem, and the Pac-12's late-night madness
» Tyson Alger, Andrew Greif and Jason Quick on No. 2 Oregon's 38-31 win at Washington State: Audible (video)

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)
» Local sports digest: Stanford, Cal in water polo showdown
» Stanford coach David Shaw goes digging
» Cal, Stanford Pac-12 men's basketball schedules announced
» Local sports digest: Stanford's Maverick McNealy ties for medalist honors

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)
» ‘Throw the ball more' says Huskies receiver
» Huskies vs. Stanford, by the numbers: UW's Danny Shelton, Hau'oli Kikaha lead nation in sacks
» Huskies morning links: UW wakes up from first-half nap to rout Georgia State
» Video: UW's Danny Shelton, John Timu after victory over Georgia State

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» WSU basketball lands 6-8 wing
» One of these years, it will be corrected
» Day after Oregon links
» Video: Xavier Cooper after Oregon



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