Saturday, the 2013 Final Four tips off in Atlanta, and for the fifth straight season, the Pac-12 won’t be represented. Of course, we all know that the league dipped sharply after the bumper seasons of 2007 and 2008, and a look at the makeup of the last five Final Fours makes it hit home. UCLA, which went to three straight from 2006-08, was the last Pac-12 team to make it.
In the meantime, here’s the conference roll call over that period. You can see that the Pac-12 is the only BCS conference not to be represented.
Big East — 7 (Connecticut 2, Louisville 2, West Virginia, Villanova, Syracuse).
Big Ten — 4 (Michigan State 2, Ohio State, Michigan).
SEC — 2 (Kentucky 2).
ACC — 2 (North Carolina, Duke).
Horizon — 2 (Butler 2).
Big 12 — 1 (Kansas).
Colonial — 1 (Virginia Commonwealth).
Missouri Valley — 1 (Wichita State).
You get a sense for the changing landscape of conference membership, as West Virginia, Butler and VCU are in different leagues than they represented at the Final Four.
If the trend of Pac-12 absenteeism is going to change, it might be next year, when Arizona will return a loaded team, one that will attract a lot of mention as a preseason No. 1 candidate.