College Basketball Preview: The Pac-10 Conference

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College Basketball Preview: The Pac-10 Conference
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So, how terrible was the Pac-10 last year? It was without a doubt one of the worst seasons for a major conference ever. Only two teams garnered NCAA tournament berths, with Washington making it in mainly because they won the conference tournament. Cal, the regular season champion, was bounced in the second round by Duke, while Washington made it to the Sweet 16 before losing to West Virginia.

UCLA has become a shell of its former self, and Arizona is close to doing the same. These once prestigious and proud programs fell on hard times last year, combining to finish three games below .500. USC, meanwhile, was ineligible to participate in the conference tournament due to NCAA sanctions.

It can't get any worse...can it? Well, maybe. Player of the Year Jerome Randle (California) is gone, as are most of Cal's contributors. Washington lost its best player in Quincy Pondexter as well.

A dozen or so notable freshmen are coming in, a class highlighted by a duo looking to bring UCLA out of obscurity.

What should become apparent is this: The Pac-10's title as the worst major conference is going to go by the way side pretty soon. It just may not be this year.

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