You’ve heard about the Pac-12’s record-breaking seven bids in this year’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship but the news is even better than that.
Among the seven dancers are enough highly-seeded teams to give the conference a legitimate shot at its first Final Four team in eight years.
It has been a long drought for the Pac-12. Below are the numbers. Here is your key:
Bids = Number of Pac-12 teams in the NCAA tournament that year
Top-4 Seeds = Number of Pac-12 teams seeded 1, 2, 3 or 4 in a region
1-Seeds = Number of Pac-12 teams awarded the top seed in a region
Final Fours = Number of Pac-12 teams that advanced to the Final Four that year
Pac-12 NCAA Tournament Bid Breakdown
|Year||Bids||Top-4 Seeds||1-Seeds||Final Fours|
• The Pac-12 has had four Final Four teams in the past 15 years. Three of those four came in years when the league had three top-4 seeds.
• The Pac-12 had three top-4 seeds four different seasons. The conference put a team in Final Four in three of those years.
• It is insane the Pac-12 went four consecutive years without a single top-4 seed. May we never see a return to such dark times.
• The Pac-12 has had a 1-seed six times but only had a team advance to the Final Four in two of those seasons.
It appears that having a 1-seed is less important than having multiple teams in the upper quarter of a region. That means Oregon, Utah and Cal, this is your time.
The Pac-12 got a lot of respect with a record number of bids this year. If the conference wants to keep that respect it needs to win some games.
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