The official birth of the Pac-12 is Friday, ending the conference’s 33-year run as a 10-team league.
If you’re a fan of the Arizona Wildcats and averted your eyes during the look back at Pac-10 football, it’s safe to come out now.
Here’s how the schools stack up in terms of won-loss record, NCAA tournament appearances, Final Fours and championships after 33 years of Pac-10 basketball.
Last week we thought it was interesting that only three teams had won the Rose Bowl more than once in the Pac-10 era. In hoops only three teams even posted a winning record during the same span. How’s that for top-heavy?
The two heavyweights separated themselves even more on the list of conference championships:
The UA and UCLA combined to win 2/3 of the titles. It’s fitting they battled until the final weekend for the last Pac-10 championship.
To give Sean Miller something to shoot for, here’s the all-time conference championships list for the PCC/AAWU/Pac-8/Pac-10:
Cal, you’re next.
Stepping onto the national stage we have the Pac-10’s participation in March Madness (which does not include vacated years):
Washington needed this year’s appearance to move into the upper division where it joined the other three participants in the 2011 Big Dance.
UCLA’s fifth Four during the era was vacated.
As far as national championships the basketball side of the conference was less successful than football. After a post-expansion drought UCLA won it all in 1995 and the Cats cut down the nets two years later. It looked like the Pac-10 was back on top but no one from the conference has been able to break through since.
Arizona lost the championship game in 2001 and the Bruins were the runners-up in 2006 but that’s it. The league is definitely overdue for someone carrying the Pac flag to the top of the mountain.
The first Pac-12 coach to win a title will be instantly tied for the most championships out of the conference since John Wooden.
Take aim, Coach Miller.
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Don’t change that dial. The look at Pac-10 baseball history is on the horizon!
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