Arizona Final Fours

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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

YearBidsTop-4 Seeds1-SeedsFinal Fours
2016731-
20154100
20146210
20135000
20122000
20114000
20102000
20096100
20086311
20076301
20064101
20054210
20043110
20035210
20026300
20015311

Observations:

• 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.

Conclusion:

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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