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Good things usually happen when three or more Pac-12 teams make Sweet 16 in same year

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YEARS IN WHICH THREE OR MORE PAC-12 TEAMS MADE THE SWEET 16

1996-97
Arizona: National Championship
Cal: Sweet 16
Stanford: Sweet 16
UCLA: Elite Eight
Note: Utah made Elite Eight as part of the WAC

1997-98
Arizona: Elite Eight
Stanford: Final Four
UCLA: Sweet 16
Washington: Sweet 16
Note: Utah national championship runner-up as part of the WAC

2000-01
Arizona: National championship runner-up
Stanford: Elite Eight
UCLA: Sweet 16
USC: Elite Eight

2001-02
Arizona: Sweet 16
Oregon: Elite Eight
UCLA: Sweet 16

2006-07
Oregon: Elite Eight
UCLA: Final Four
USC: Sweet 16

2007-08
Stanford: Sweet 16
UCLA: Final Four
Washington State: Sweet 16

2013-14
Arizona: Elite Eight
Stanford: Sweet 16
UCLA: Sweet 16

2014-15
Arizona: To be determined
UCLA: To be determined
Utah: To be determined

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This year is the eighth time at least three Pac-12 teams have advanced to the Sweet 16 in the same NCAA tournament. Some data:

— Arizona won the national title in 1996-97 the first time that happened and also advanced to the title game in 2000-01. In both of those years and in 1997-98, four conference teams made the Sweet 16. Four teams advancing that far has not happened since 2000-01.

— Arizona has advanced to at least the Elite Eight five of those years.

— In five of the first seven times this has happened a conference team advanced to at least the Final Four.

— The conference’s best showing was in 2000-01 when three teams advanced to at least the Elite Eight (Arizona, UCLA and USC). Can that happen again this year?

— UCLA is the only constant in those eight times followed by Arizona (six) and Stanford (five).

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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He has also written articles for Bleacher Report and Lindy’s College Sports.

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