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March 22, 2009 at 4:38 PM

One and everyone else done

The last Pac-10 team in the NCAA Tournament is the last Pac-10 team standing as Arizona is the only one that survives to the Sweet 16.
Four others, including UW, lost in the round of 32 with Cal going down in the first round.
It’s the least amount of Pac-10 representation in the Sweet 16 since 2004, when no Pac-10 made it and only one won a game in the tournament.
The Pac-10 sent three teams to the Sweet 16 each of the past two years, and in 2005 and 2006 sent two (each time including UW).
Ultimately, I think it proved what everyone thought all along about the Pac-10 — pretty good depth, but no real elite teams. Essentially, the four Pac-10 teams that lost this weekend all finished from 17-32, right where Pac-10 teams tended to be ranked all season.
Then there’s Arizona, which proves one of the other long-held maxims about the NCAA Tournament — that it’s all about matchups. If Arizona beat Utah and Cleveland State in December it would be pretty much ho-hum-ville. Do it in March, and it gets the Wildcats to the Sweet 16 and prolongs the head coaching career of interim Russ Pennell
It may end here as Arizona now has to play Louisville, though with the Wildcats’ Big Three playing well, anything is possible. If Arizona doesn’t advance, however, it would also be the first time since 2004 that the Pac-10 doesn’t get a team into the Elite Eight.
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