Only one Pac-12 basketball coach has reached the Final Four, and that was 15 long years ago for Mike Montgomery at Stanford.
Only one other Pac-12 basketball coach has advanced as far as the Elite Eight—Arizona's Sean Miller, who went that distance with Xavier in 2007-08 and Arizona in 2010-11.
A majority of the Pac-12 basketball coaches have experienced March Madness, except for a couple of hard-luck coaches—Oregon State's Craig Robinson and Stanford's Johnny Dawkins—who have been at their respective institutions long enough to get that far.
Other coaches, such as UCLA's Steve Alford, Oregon's Dana Altman and Washington's Lorenzo Romar, are long-term coaches who yearn for the ever-elusive late-round success in the NCAA tournament.
The Pac-12 brands itself as the Conference of Champions, but that distinction does not yet extend to its head coaches. The ACC has Jim Boeheim, Roy Williams and Mike Krzyzewski (seven NCAA titles among them). Two-time champ Rick Pitino will join that group with Louisville next season.
Whereas the Pac-12 does not have the star coaching firepower of the ACC, it has a credible group of younger coaches who know how to get the most out of their teams. Their teams are playing at a higher level, with at least six teams forecast for the NCAA tournament compared to five from the ACC.
Four of the best coaches in the Pac-12 this season (Alford, Colorado's Tad Boyle, Utah's Larry Krystkowiak and Miller) are 51 or younger. Their average age is 48.5. The average age of Boeheim, Williams, Krzyzewski and Pitino: 65.
Give these Pac-12 coaches some time and see what they can achieve. For now, it looks very promising.
The following is a slideshow ranking the performances of the Pac-12 coaches with an emphasis on the season but also with a look at their overall careers.