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College Basketball: 2013-14 Pac-12 Preview

Nick Johnson, Arizona take aim at Pac-12 title
College Basketball: 2013-14 Pac-12 Preview

The two new Los Angeles coaches may be the most interesting offseason storyline for the Pac-12, but don't be surprised if schools outside the Golden State make the most news in the Pac-12.

Thanks a core of juniors and sophomores and the league’s best signing class, Arizona may be the Pac-12’s best Final Four threat since the last time time the Wildcats reached the Elite Eight three years ago.

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College Basketball: Ranking the Pac-12 Coaches for 2013-14

Sean Miller tops changing group of Pac-12 coaches
College Basketball: Ranking the Pac-12 Coaches for 2013-14

The Pac-12 is finally starting to pull out of its funk from recent seasons. For a few years, the Pac-12 more closely resembled a mid-major, producing only two NCAA Tournament teams in 2012 and 2010.

College basketball: The Pac-12's best freshmen, transfers and more for 2013-14

Arizona's Sean Miller will contend for Final Four with new arrivals
Arizona's Sean Miller will contend for Final Four with new arrivals

The new faces that will dominate the discussion in the preseason in the Pac-12 may be the new coaches in Los Angeles. In a quiet coaching carousel, UCLA’s Steve Alford and USC’s Andy Enfield were two of the biggest movers.

But they might not be the biggest movers among new faces in the Pac-12.

College Football's Best Coaches Under 40

Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald leads the list
<p> Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald leads the list</p>

Thirty is the new 40. At least in coaching.

During the last run through the coaching carousel, five schools hired coaches who had yet to reach their 40th birthday. That included the nation’s youngest coach, P.J. Fleck, who took the Western Michigan job at age 32 with neither head coaching nor coordinator experience.

2013-14 College Basketball Conference Snapshot: Pac-12

Who's gone and who's back in the Pac-12 for 2013-14
<p> Who's gone and who's back in the Pac-12 for 2013-14</p>

After several seasons in the wilderness, the Pac-12 finally started to regain some respect last season.

Five league teams reached the NCAA Tournament, the most since 2009. Three teams were ranked in the final Associated Press top 25 before the Tournament. And two teams reached the Sweet 16 with Arizona losing to Ohio State and Oregon losing to eventual national champion Louisville.

College Basketball's Absolute Worst Coaching Tenures since 1984-85

Jeff Bzdelik has had a rough time at Wake, Colorado
<p> College Basketball's Worst Coaching Tenures since 1984-85</p>

Sometimes a coach inherits a bad team or steps into a program where the university simply does not invest in basketball. In some cases, through recruiting, Xs and Os and inspiration, that coach can turn a bad team into a good or even great one.

The guys on this list are not those coaches. Here are the 20 worst coaching tenures in the six major conference since the NCAA Tournament expanded in 1985.

Daily March Madness Tracker: Statements for Illinois and Syracuse

Illinois and Syracuse regain form, Louisiana Tech and Baylor punch tickets to NIT
<p> Daily March Madness Tracker: Statements for Illinois and Syracuse</p>

Caution employers: Work productivity may be down Thursday and Friday this week and next.

The wild ride continues as conference tournaments enter their most dramatic phase. Four games in one day in major conferences, championships in the one-bid leagues.

Daily March Madness Tracker: Big East Tournament won't disappoint

Power-packed four games in Big East highlights busy day in conference tournaments
<p> Daily March Madness Tracker: Big East Tournament won't disappoint</p>

Caution employers: Work productivity may be down Thursday and Friday this week and next.

The wild ride continues as conference tournaments enter their most dramatic phase. Four games in one day in major conferences, championships in the one-bid leagues.

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