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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 fall sports carry big expectations into 2014
» UA announces 2014 sports Hall of Fame class
» UA football: Notes and quotes from Wednesday's practice
» Wildcats: UA Defense

Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
» Sarafin, 4 others awarded scholarships
» ASU football practice report from Wednesday morning
» Notes: Smallwood has chance to be 'special'
» Graham after Wednesday morning practice

California (East Bay Tribune)
» Cal's goal in Dykes' second season is to establish running game
» Stanford 11th in AP's top 25 preseason football poll; Florida State No. 1
» AP Top 25 Preseason Poll
» Cal football: Sonny Dykes upbeat after closed scrimmage

Colorado (Denver Post)
» Colorado redshirt freshman Phillip Lindsay: two touchdown runs in scrimmage gave me confidence
» Buffs offense to "move guys around," says receivers coach Troy Walters
» Colorado special teams looking for many happy returns in 2014
» Turnover margin always a concern for Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre

Oregon (The Oregonian)
» Former Oregon Ducks running back Jonathan Stewart scores twice for Carolina Panthers against Kansas City
» Oregon Ducks quick hits: Fall camp's final scrimmage is upon Ducks
» Chip Kelly's addition of Kenjon Barner doesn't surprise current Oregon Ducks
» Former Oregon Ducks running back LeGarrette Blount reportedly arrested, charged with marijuana possession

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 football: Defensive coordinator learns from 49ers counterpart
» Stanford 11th in AP's top 25 preseason football poll; Florida State No. 1
» AP Top 25 Preseason Poll
» Stanford football: Tailbacks Kelsey Young, Remound Wright miss scrimmage

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 hope to do a better job protecting quarterbacks
» UW men's basketball announces nonconference schedule
» Video: UW punter Korey Durkee on competition with freshman Tristan Vizcaino
» Developing a quarterback is Job One for Chris Petersen, Huskies

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» To redshirt or not to redshirt
» Live WSU Football Chat
» Our allegiances are about to be stretched
» Eastern and opponent links



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