azcentral sports’ Dan Bickley discusses the NCAA Tournament and the possibility of Suns coach Earl Watson’s days in Phoenix being numbered in the latest Shot Clock video.
The Pac-12 only had four teams in the NCAA Tournament.
But those four teams have delivered in the early rounds.
Arizona, Oregon and UCLA are all in the Sweet 16 and are looking to advance to Glendale for the Final Four.
Arizona defeated North Dakota and St. Mary’s in the opening weekend of the tournament.
Oregon overcame Iona and Rhode Island.
UCLA beat Kent State and Cincinnati.
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USC was eliminated in the second round, but represented the conference well, winning its First Four game and then upsetting SMU in the first round before bowing out to Baylor, 82-78.
Overall, the Pac-12 has gone 8-1 in the tourney, the best record among college basketball’s power conferences.
The ACC, which had nine teams in the tourney, only has one remaining (North Carolina). It has gone 7-8.
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NCAA Tournament standings among power leagues (with number of teams entered):
ACC (nine): 7-8
Big 12 (six): 8-3
Big Ten (seven): 8-4
Big East (seven): 5-5
Pac-12 (four): 8-1
SEC (five): 7-2
Arizona’s tourney run continues against Xavier in the next round. Oregon takes on Michigan and UCLA faces Kentucky.
The Pac-12 hasn’t had a team in the Final Four since 2008.
It just needs one of those three teams to win two games to see that drought finally come to an end.
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