- Mar 24, 2015
Thank you! This is a point that too often is overlooked. With some others, I likewise think that the conference will be even stronger this year with the continuing improvement of Arizona.You beat me to it.
Getting 5 different teams in the Final Four in a 6-year period is truly amazing. And again, this is from a 12-team conference, not these 15-team Frankensteins that still call themselves conferences.
That said, I believe that it's also been the case that the Pac12 has been for some time now a conference with a number of very good teams, but no great ones--or at least no teams that could be considered a legitimate contender for a national title barring a fairly major upset or two. To me, last year's Oregon team was the strongest to come out of the conference in some time, but the loss of Chavez and late-season injury to Hebard (not to mention the loss of the younger Sabally--first time--before the season even started) diminished their chances considerably, although, as a homer, I'll add that, despite that, they played
Baylor cum Cox tougher than anyone else last season. This year, Prince's availability and/or some substantial contributions up front from Cochrane and Giomi will be crucial.